Starting Arts is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving arts education for children in Bay Area schools. At Bishop, Starting Arts provides our students with classes in Dance, Music and Theater. Students experience each art discipline during a eight week session taught by a resident artist. For more information, visit the Starting Arts website.
In dance, students use movements that carry them across the room as well as movements of different parts of their bodies while staying in place. As they learn to vary their movements by using different degrees of force or energy, the movements become dynamic. By joining movements, students can perform brief dance sequences that express emotions with a beginning, middle, and end as in a story. Through folk and traditional dances, students learn more about why, when, and where people dance and how dances are similar or different.
Singing and playing classroom instruments improve students’ listening skills, accuracy and technique, and understanding of musical forms. By learning more about music from around the world, they can recognize the influence of various cultures on music. They also learn how practice and rehearsal improve their performance.
In theater, students learn to identify and describe important elements of theater, such as character, setting, conflict, motivation, props, stage areas, and blocking. Acting through facial expression, gestures, and movements helps students develop characters. By participating in theatrical experiences, they gain many opportunities to demonstrate their problem-solving and cooperative skills.