CORE PRACTICES & PROGRAMS
instructional models and programming that ground the work of DCPS Arts
HONOR ENSEMBLES PROGRAM
The DCPS Honor Ensembles Program draws from students across the city to create choral and instrumental ensembles that represent the highest achievement of music students in DCPS. Students are selected by their teachers and work with teaching artists in preparation for an annual performance. The ensembles are led by guest directors, providing students with the experience of performing in a professional ensemble.
The 2018 DCPS Honor Ensembles Concert will be held at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts on March 17, 2018.
DC Keys is a collaboration with WASHINGTON PERFORMING ARTS that places the keyboard as the central instrument in elementary music instruction, teaching music as a language of communication and bridging students analog and digital worlds.
Rooted in the literacy practice of close reading (to which all DCPS students are exposed), designed to provide a structure in which students are scaffolded to understand and interpret complex text, close study provides a common language and structure through which DCPS Arts teacher can discuss and reflect on the practice of critique within the arts classroom. It approaches works in the arts as 'text' to be 'read' and, though the process, can build students' understanding of the language of the arts while engaging them in meaningful discussions of work.