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Integrating the Performing Arts in Grades K–5

This book offers practical solutions to teaching the performing arts by integrating them into math, science, social studies, and language arts in Grades K–5.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12, Elementary
  • ISBN: 9781452203959
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2012
  • Page Count: 240
  • Publication date: May 23, 2012

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Enhance the learning experience by integrating the performing arts

Research documents that the arts boost learning, build confidence, and motivate students to participate in class. How do we keep the performing arts alive in this era of increased accountability and decreased funding? Rekha S. Rajan sets the stage for a creative and practical solution with detailed, concrete examples of how to integrate the performing arts into math, science, social studies, and language arts. Key features include:

  • Step-by-step examples of how to include the performing arts in all aspects of the curriculum
  • Ways to impact students' learning in the cognitive, social, and artistic domains
  • Activities that can be implemented immediately and easily
  • Detailed lesson plans connected to the National Standards for Arts Education, National Standards for Early Childhood and Elementary Education, and Common Core Standards for Math and Language Arts

Students in grades K-5 need creative venues that encourage self-confidence, self-expression, and collaboration. The performing arts provide opportunities to build personal and social skills that are an integral component of learning and development. This accessible resource provides all teachers with the tools to integrate the performing arts throughout their curriculum.

Key features

Each chapter will include:

  • A short summary of children's learning and development within each performing art form.
  • A chart that organizes children's personal, social, and artistic learning outcomes for each performing art form.
  • A glossary of terms entitled Building Artistic Vocabulary.
  • A Quick Chart with arts integration suggestions organized by subject area and linked to the relevant National Early Learning standards, including the Common Core standards.
  • Arts-based assessments


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Rekha S. Rajan

Rekha S. Rajan, Ed.D. is visiting associate professor of research and program leader for the master’s in grant writing, management, and evaluation in the division of research and doctoral programs at Concordia University Chicago. She is an arts education specialist and holds a master's in early childhood professions from Roosevelt University Chicago, a master's in music education, and a doctorate in music and music education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has published her research on children’s participation in musical theater, and teachers’ use of the arts in numerous peer-reviewed journals and has presented her work at national and international conferences. She is the author of the books Integrating the Performing Arts in Grades K-5 (Corwin, 2012), Grant Writing: Practical Strategies for Scholars and Professionals (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015), and the forthcoming Children’s Experiences in Musical Theater (Rowman & Littlefield Education).

Dr. Rajan is the recipient of a two-year research grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to examine the relationship between live performing arts attendance and the cognitive function of older adults which was highlighted in an interview with NEA Chairman Chu on WBEZ Chicago. Her research has also been featured in Education Week and with the National Head Start Association. She is president of the Greater Chicago Area chapter, and sits on the board of directors, for the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association. She is also Co-Program Chair for the Teaching of Evaluation Topical Interest Group for the American Evaluation Association and is on the advisory committee for the Music Educators Journal. Dr. Rajan sits on various appointed councils for the arts and education, including the Core Arts Standards Committee with Arts Alliance Illinois and the Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) Advisory Committee for the Department of Education in the State of Illinois.

Dr. Rajan has co-authored over 30 program evaluation reports with projects including the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, the D.C. Arts & Humanities Collaborative, Diller-Quaile School of Music, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Education Leadership Institute with the National Endowment for the Arts, and ArtsConnection. Prior to her work in higher education, Dr. Rajan was a professional musical theater and operatic performer, with favorite roles including Papagena in THE MAGIC FLUTE, Mabel in the PIRATES OF PENZANCE and Lili in CARNIVAL!, for which she was nominated for a Chicago Stage Talk Equity Theatre Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

About the Author


Part I: From Practice to Performance

1. An Introduction to the Performing Arts

2. The Classroom Stage

Part II: Integrating the Performing Arts

3. An Introduction to Music

4. An Introduction to Theater

5. An Introduction to Dance

6. An Introduction to Musical Theater

Part III: Behind the Curtain

7. Building Artistic Connections

8. The Artistically Reflective Teacher



National Standards

Common Core Standards




Price: $39.95
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