Week 12: Viewing Jazz & Hip Hop Dance

4 Min Read  •  Arts Appreciation

Welcome to The Art of Curriculum Design. In this six month series we explore the fundamentals of curriculum design, via an Arts Appreciation course created through arts collaboration.

-The first few weeks were devoted to the “why and how” of the curriculum design process.
The Art of Curriculum Design
The Art of Curriculum Design: The “Why”
The Art of Curriculum Design: The “How”

-The, we looked at applying the Plan Like an Artist method of Curriculum Design to create a secondary level Arts Appreciation course.
Arts Appreciation: Planned Like an Artist

During the current portion of the series we look at weekly objectives, outcomes, and assessments designed for the Arts Appreciation course (links to the entire series can be found below). The full curriculum, including daily lesson plans, handouts, and assessments, will be available at the completion of the series.


-When Planning Like an Artist, everything is designed with the end performance in mind. So, as the course was designed, we remained focused on the ultimate aim of this course and the final assessment/performance task; how the students are going to demonstrate the aim.
-Aim: After this course, it is our hope that students have the ability to articulate an appreciation of all art forms, while defending artistic preferences.
-Final Assessment/Performance Task: Students will design an arts company and create a performance season utilizing a common theme based on their personal artistic preference. They will then present their performance season to a board, in the form of a proposal, for funding as a way to articulate an appreciation of all art forms.

Arts Appreciation Weeks 1-5

The first 5 weeks of the Arts Appreciation course provided the foundational information for students to participate in viewing and discussing art, in preparation for building their own arts organization. Week one built a class definition of art, while the second week focused on applying the class definition to artistic work. The third week helped students to identify artist intent. At this point, students should be capable of identifying the intent, defending the intent, and determining the effect of artist intent on the emotional landscape of the art, as viewed by an audience and as viewed through the lens of the class definition of art.

Through the viewing of controversial art, students are continuing to defend what they believe art “is” and “is not,” and acknowledging the emotion behind the art as well as identifying the artist’s intent. By taking a look at theme, the students completed week four with the foundational information they needed to actively view art. The ability to identify the theme behind the art will help students to create their final project.

The goal of the fifth week was to start helping the students profile their arts advocacy, by brainstorming the ways in which they want to showcase art for their final assessment. This involved composing an artist statement, determining the theme of their performance season, developing their artistic brand, and drafting the mission and vision for their arts organization.

The next portion of the Arts Appreciation course will take an in-depth look at Theatre, Dance, and Music. Through analyzing these three performance arts, students will begin developing their final project, which is a theme-based performance season for their arts organization.

As a dance educator, this section is near and dear to my heart.  Similar to the Theatre section, we will introduce dance as art and then break it into four codified styles, ballet, modern, jazz and contemporary hip hop dance/street dance.

Week 12: Viewing Jazz & Hip Hop Dance

At the completion of week 12, students will be able to:

  • Analyze jazz and hip hop articles via 4-read strategy
  • View and analyze multiple jazz and hip hop dance
  • Identify historical pieces and their relevance to jazz and hip hop dance today
  • Analyze contemporary jazz and hip hop dance

Week 12: Viewing Jazz & Hip Hop Dance

At the completion of week 12, students will demonstrate:

  • An understanding of the historical relevance of jazz and hip hop on contemporary dance
  • Determination of artist intent
  • Proper decorum for class discussion
  • Clear articulation of personal preference for jazz and hip hop pieces
  • Determination of pieces that will fit the theme for their arts organization

Week 12: Viewing Jazz & Hip Hop Dance

At the completion of week 12, students will be evaluated on:

  • Discussion of jazz and hip hop  both historical and contemporary
  • Incorporation of class definition of art, personal preferences, theme, and artist intent of pieces viewed
  • 4 Read strategy of articles
  • Defense of personal preference and possible jazz and hip hop pieces to be included in arts organization


History of Jazz Article
History of Jazz Lesson Plan PDF

Series Links
The Art of Curriculum Design
The Art of Curriculum Design: The “Why”
The Art of Curriculum Design: The “How”
Arts Appreciation: Planned Like an Artist
Week 1: What is Art?
Week 2: Talking Art
Week 3: Artist Intent
Week 4: What is Theme?
Week 5: Profiling Yourself as an Arts Advocate
eek 6: Introduction to Theatre Arts
Week 7: Understanding Theatre through Scripts and Structure

Week 8: Viewing and Discussing Theatre
Week 9: Designing the Theatre Performance Season
Week 10: Introduction to Dance
Week 11: Viewing Ballet and Modern Dance

Next Week: Week 13 Designing the Dance Performance Season
Week 13 of the Arts Appreciation course, including lesson plan objectives, outcomes, and assessments.