Examples of arts integrated lessons at each grade level at Otay Ranch Academy for the Arts:
Kindergarten: Listening – Students work with an instrumental ensemble strengthening essential listening skills while enriching and reinforcing the kindergarten curriculum.
1st Grade: Language Development – Students work with opera to strengthen vocabulary and enhance reading/writing skills throughout the creation of original operas
2nd Grade: Kinesthetic Awareness – Students work with dance artists to identify mathematical structures and concepts in music.
3rd Grade: Writing and Academic Skills – Students learn to play piano keyboards, Orff instruments and or/recorders while reading, composing original music and developing decoding skills important to language arts and mathematics.
4th Grade: Abstract Reasoning – Students study violin, developing their reading and fine motor skills
5th Grade: Research, Create, Perform – Students compose, direct and perform original works that examine universal themes through an inquiry based learning approach.
6th, 7th and 8th Grade: Composition/Analysis – Students work with theater and dance artists, instrumental ensembles, and/or visual artists to create and perform original works. This improves students’ comprehension, writing skills, and further develops their ability to use critical thinking strategies.