Curriculum Connections

Curriculum Connections

Curriculum Connections

Symphony Space Education Expectations

The Global Arts cultural literacy & heritage Program addresses many of the Common Core Standards, as well as the NYC Department of Education's Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts and the New York State's Learning Standards through its introduction of traditional and contemporary works of performing and visual arts, hands-on workshops, discussion, creative writing, guided museum trips and interactive performances at Symphony Space. Here is an outline of the content, understandings and skills Global Arts, in conjunction with ongoing academic activities, helps achieve.

Students will be able to:
1.appreciate the complexity of cultures and traditions;
2.discuss the importance of the arts in diverse societies;
3. recount the many functions of music, dance, literary and visual art in cultures of study:
  • storytelling, the propagation of legends, etc
  • communication
  • transmission of an oral history
  • expression of feelings about events and circumstances
  • marking ritual moments (weddings, births, deaths, funerals, and other ceremonies)
  • contribution to religious activities, festivals
  • as leisure time activities (social gatherings, dancing, quiet reflective moments, etc.)
4. identify specific examples of these functions, and relate to the many roles of the performing and visual arts in global societies;
5. describe specific musical instruments indigenous to countries, as well as certain vocal and instrumental styles and their general regions of origin;
6. recognize and learn to play certain musical elements such as timing, rhythms, vocal rhythmic chants, counterpoint, pentatonic scales, poly-rhythms and more;
7. perceive relationships between Global Arts music, dance, literary and visual arts experiences and their own lives and heritage.

The abilities listed above address and enhance the engagement with key learning standards:

Common Core

The Global Arts cultural literacy & heritage program supports students in the abilities highlighted in the Common Core. With information, hands-on experiences and activities, teaching artists help students to actively seek the wide, deep, and thoughtful engagement with a variety of high-quality texts and art forms that build knowledge, enlarge experience, and broaden worldviews. Involvement with the arts encourages the cogent reasoning and use of evidence that is essential to both private deliberation and responsible citizenship in a democratic republic. Through in-class artist-led workshops, interactive performances, and use of the accompanying Resource Guides, students will:

  • demonstrate independence
  • build strong content knowledge
  • respond to the varying demands of audience, task, purpose, and discipline
  • comprehend as well as critique
  • value evidence
  • understand other perspectives and cultures


The New York City Department of Education Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts

Participation in and response to the art forms presented in Global Arts: cultural literacy & heritage engender very deep arts experiences that relate directly to the following Blueprint Strands.

  1. Arts Making: In Global Arts, students learn and perform traditional songs and dances, and create original works of written and visual art.
  2. Literacy in the Arts: There is ample opportunity for discussing and analyzing works of traditional music, dance, art and theater in Global Arts using the vocabulary of the art form, as well as writing about it.
  3. Making Connections: This strand is at the very heart of Global Arts - "providing social, cultural, and historical contexts in which students may understand the arts, while indicating some of the links to other disciplines in the curriculum."
  4. Community and Cultural Resources: Global Arts through, students and teachers not only come to see a concert at Symphony Space, but go on guided tours of a major New York City museum to see the art of the culture under study.
  5. Careers and Lifelong Learning: In Global Arts, students come in contact in the classroom, at the museum, and at Symphony Space with over a dozen Global Arts teaching artists, all of whom are professional artists who also are devoted to sharing their love of their art form with students. They are models of life-long learning and provide career-related information to the Global Arts classes.

The New York State Learning Standards

Social Studies - World History: Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of major ideas, eras, themes, developments, and turning points in the world history and examine the broad sweep of history from a variety of perspectives. The arts offer a unique understanding of the human experience across cultures and time. Global Arts provides that kind of understanding through its spectrum of arts and cultural experiences.

For more information about Global Arts contact Regina Larkin, Manager of Education Programs, at regina.larkin@symphonyspace.org, (212) 864-1414 ext. 212.