The Pittsburgh Public Schools Arts Education Department sets the standards for an equitable, accessible and high-quality arts education in all four art forms (dance, music, theatre, and visual arts + media) for all students across the district by consulting, training, and strategically planning with teachers, administrators, and schools.
The transformative Arts Education program will aid to improve student achievement, attendance and graduations rates, by engaging students in an integrated, equitable, and culturally responsive artistic study that provides a new lens to understand their school, community and the world. Students will learn to think creatively and critically like artists and educated consumers of the arts.
MissionThe mission of the Arts Education Department is to offer a high-quality standards-based curriculum, utilizing Pittsburgh's arts community-based connections, and providing beyond the classroom capacity to ensure involvement in the arts for life.
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PA Academic Standards for Arts and Humanities National Core Arts Standards Dance Media Arts Theatre Arts Visual Arts Music General Composition Theory Music Technology Guitar, Keyboard, Harmonizing Instruments Ensemble
The Arts Advisory committee is comprised of arts organizations and individuals committed to enhancing arts education in Pittsburgh Public Schools. The committee meets under the direction of the district’s Senior Program Officer of Arts Education. The members are:
Bonita Allen- Parent and Arts Advocate, PPS Mary Brenholts- The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (PCA) Dr. Kymberly Cruz- Senior Program Officer of Arts Education, PPS Michele de la Reza- Attack Theatre, Managing Artistic Director Mark Despotakis- Director of Market Development at Progressive Music and Music Advocate Dr. Marilyn Egan‐ Pittsburgh Opera, Director of Education Jamie Kasper‐ Arts Education Collaborative, Associate Director Hattie Lehman- Carnegie Museum of Art, Associate Curator of Education Lindsey Nova- Executive Director, Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra (TRYPO) Dr. Natalie Ozeas‐ Carnegie Mellon University School of Music, Associate Head Melissa Pearlman‐ Principal, Pittsburgh CAPA 6‐12 Suzanne Perrino‐ The Pittsburgh Symphony, Senior VP of Education and Strategic Implementation Aubrey Ploesch- Performing Arts Coordinator, PPS Marilyn Russell‐ Carnegie Museum of Art, Curator of Education Maria Searcy- Parent and Arts Advocate, PPS Joe Stamerra- Music Educator, PPS Allegheny K‐5 Dr. Sarah Tambucci‐ Arts Education Collaborative, Director
A collection of materials that can expected for each grade level and content area.
|K-5||Spotlight on Music (McGraw-Hill)||Explorations in Art (Davis)|
|6-8||Share the Music
Music! Its Role and Importance in Our Lives (McGraw-Hill)
|Explorations in Art (Davis)
6: A Personal Journey
7: A Community Connection
8: A Global Pursuit
Essential Elements Series (Hal Leonard)
Band Levels 1-4
Choir Levels 1-4
Strings Levels 1-4
|Exploring Visual Design (Davis)
The Visual Experience (Davis)
Discovering Art History (Davis)
Studio Series (Davis) Communicating through Graphic Design, Complete Metalsmith, Experience Clay, Experience Painting, Focus on Photography, Experience Printmaking, Discovering Drawing, Beginning Sculpture.
|Advanced Placement||Gardner’s Art Through the Ages (Cengage)|
If you have specific questions about your student's materials, please contact your child's school or teacher.
Neighborhood Training Choir Program: Grades 1-3
High School Musical Theater Songwriting Competition
Steeltown Teen Film Contest
Curriculum Department Contact Information
Dr. Kymberly Cruz, Senior Program Officer, Arts Education
Aubrey Ploesch, Coordinator, Performing Arts
Christina Unitas, Coordinator, Visual Arts and Design