District 203 - World Class
Naperville Community Unit School District 203
Naperville, Illinois

Friday, April 25, 2014
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Music Philosophy

Music is known as the universal language capable of bridging both time and culture through a unique and wonderful experience for both the creators and the consumers of the art form.  Music is a discipline that combines literacy skills with physical development and creative thought with convention.  It is an endeavor steeped in tradition yet its survival and testament is born of creativity and multifarious practice.  Music is an integral component of all cultures core fabric regardless of time and development and offers a perspective on most societies that is as illuminating as it is entertaining.

District 203 will provide a comprehensive and cohesive program of study that develops the necessary skills for music performance. Moreover, the student experience will be saturated with opportunities designed to develop their own individual aesthetic and creative abilities.  Our goals are:

·      To develop students who can successfully perform music in a variety of styles for a variety of audiences.

·      For students to be able to articulate the emotional and cognitive impact of music.

·      That all students develop the skills necessary to judge the quality and social and cultural impact of music.

·      All participating students will acquire a comprehensive foundation of music literacy.

Each music classroom experience will provide individualized skill development to equip each student to become a self-directed learner.

All music classes will offer an environment rich in investigation, problem solving, experimental inquiry, and creative risk taking. 

The district music curriculum provides a sequential and evenly paced dissemination of material that will provide for individual student success.

The District’s collective attitude about music performance is that teachers must connect with each student at both an intellectual and emotional level.  While learning music may be difficult and progress requires effort, enjoyment is an integral thread to the daily activities in all performance music classrooms.  Our intent is to instill in all participants a love and respect for music that will stay with every child their entire life.

Art Philosophy

Visual art is essential to human development.  Artistic achievements have been with us since long before the printed word; art has been called our first language. Through inquiry into the origins and traditions of art, students become more literate. They learn about art concepts, cultural traditions, historical perspectives and the progress of civilizations. This promotes student understanding and enables them to shape their visual environment while enriching their experience.

Physical Education Philosophy

The Physical Education Department, as well as Naperville School District 203, has made a commitment to prepare students to live healthy, productive and physically active lives for the 21st Century

  • Physical education will provide every student with a variety of challenges that will contribute to the development and maintenance of their physical, cognitive, and affective well being.
  • Students will be provided with the foundation for making informed decisions that will empower them to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
  • Physical Education is a lifelong process, which is the primary responsibility of the student, shared by home, district and community.


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