KIND WORDS ARE THE MUSIC OF THE WORLD ~ F.W. Faber
Sioux Central Mission Statement
The Sioux Central Community School will provide opportunities for each student to develop academically, emotionally and socially into a competent and responsible citizen.
Sioux Central TK-12 Fine Arts Philosophy
The Fine Arts are an integral part of a basic education. All students at every level, from early childhood through high school, should be provided with a balanced, comprehensive, and sequential program of instruction in each of the arts in their school. These programs should be taught by qualified teachers.
The fine arts experience is fundamental and necessary in developing full human potential. The actual practice and appreciation of the fine arts can engage the imagination, foster flexible ways of thinking, develop disciplined effort, build self-esteem, and offer aesthetic experiences. "The arts are an essential element of education, just like reading, writing and arithmetic...music, dance, painting and theater are keys that unlock profound human understanding and accomplishment." (Bennett, 1986, p. 35)
The fine arts are an essential part of each student's education and aid in developing lifelong skills. the cumulative knowledge of the arts is a history of the world and its civilizations. For our society, fine arts education is needed to insure the existence of our future.
Middle School and High School Vocal Music
Middle School and High School Choir is open to ALL students! Middle School Choir (grades 7 & 8) meet M, T, W, F and from 11:33 - 12:05 and Thursdays will alternate times with the band - 11:33 - 12:05 or 12:26 - 1:04. High School Choir meets Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 12:40 - 1:15PM and alternate Thursdays from 12:40 - 1:25PM.
Choir is a performance-based class. Concert performances are the assessment tool used to "test" each student involved in choir. Performance participation is required. Concerts are an extension of the classroom curriculum. Students are also assessed during each class period. As a part of High School Choir, students are required to participate in weekly lessons.
Honor Choirs, extra ensembles and additional performances are encouraged, but are optional.
Elementary General/Vocal Music
Grades TK - 4 General/Vocal Music is required by the State of Iowa for ALL students. Each class will meet once a week for 45 minutes. The curriculum (skills and concepts learned) is aligned with the National Standards and Benchmarks. Students will be engaged in a variety of singing, listening and movement activities. Students will perform in 2 concerts during the school year - each performance is an extension of the curriculum.
ALL students in grades 5 and 6 participate in General/Vocal Music. A variety of classroom activities and a concert performance are a part of the class curriculum. Class meets twice a week for 40 minutes each meeting time. Concerts are an extension of the curriculum, therefore, concert performances are required for ALL students elementary.