The Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts is a four-week summer program for rising eleventh and twelfth grade students in Tennessee. Administered by the State Department of Education, the program offers intensive study programs in art, dance, filmmaking, theatre, and music. Students are selected in competitive auditions usually during the months of January or February. Auditions are open to Tennessee residents who attend public or private schools.
The School for the Arts at MTSU focuses on music, dance, filmmaking, visual arts, and theatre. In music, students rehearse daily in major ensembles such as orchestra, band or chorus. Chamber ensembles and private instruction are available for string, brass, woodwind, percussion, piano, and voice. Ballet students concentrate on classes in classical ballet with some experience in modern dance. Visual Art students experience professional studio practices in activities which include computer art, painting, ceramics, drawing, jewelry, graphic design, computer graphics, printmaking, and sculpture. Theatre students explore all facets of the theatrical arts, including both performance and technical theatre. They participate in small group activities in acting, mime, voice improvement, oral interpretation, stage movement and stage combat, as well as in design and production activities in costuming, lighting, sound, and set construction.
The summer curriculum includes individual and group instruction designed to help each student explore and develop his or her talents in music, ballet, theatre, and art. About four hours a day, six days a week are spent working in the major area of concentration. Each student is assigned to a major art area to pursue intermediate and advanced study in either art, ballet, theatre, or music. Private and group instruction taught by professionals well known in their fields is a part of this segment. Students are involved to the extent of their artistic capacity, but music, art, theatre, and ballet are not all they study. Each student is also exposed to other art fields through interdisciplinary studies, guest lecturers, exhibits, and films.
TENNESSEE GOVERNOR'S SCHOOLS' GOALS
The Governor's Schools of Tennessee* share values with other Governor's Schools** in the following ways:
* The Governor's Schools of Tennessee consist of:
The Arts Education Program of the State Department of Education oversees the curricula offerings and standards in visual art, filmmaking, music, theatre, and dance. Curriculum Frameworks are published for Tennessee Schools and include appropriate goals for these disciplines. While the School for the Arts cannot fully address the goals it, nevertheless, supports the State Department of Education's quest for comprehensive and sequenced curricula. We are appreciative to the Director of Arts Education for making available the following materials as approved by the Tennessee State Board of Education.
GOALS OF VISUAL ART IN TENNESSEE
Visual Art in Tennessee's schools should seek to:
GOALS OF MUSIC IN TENNESSEE
The primary aims of music education in Tennessee are to enhance the individual's potential to understand music as an artistic phenomenon, to encourage the use of music as an expressive agent, and to teach the value of music as a significant aesthetic experience.
To accomplish this, music education should:
GOALS OF THEATRE IN TENNESSEE
The Theatre Arts discipline embodies four fundamental goals and component knowledge, processes, and skills which this Tennessee framework terms strands. The goals are to enable the learner to:
GOALS OF DANCE IN TENNESSEE
"The arts - visual arts, theatre, music and dance - challenge and extend human experience." * Dance is a means of self-awareness and a fundamental form of communication as well as a performance art. Students of an age and readiness for the Governor's School for the Arts are exposed to an intensive multifaceted program within a community of interdisciplinary arts professionals and aspirants - a stimulating environment which facilitates learning.
In addition to the technical benefits of an intensive dance program, the Governor's School experience is intended to:
Governor's School students learn that dance is inherent to our heritage and world and that of others around us. Students are encouraged to perceive, evaluate and understand dance as a conveyer of culture. The program strives to integrate and enrich the balanced development of the whole person.
* Academic Preparation for College. New York: The College Board, 1983