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Time to Review: K-12 Fine Arts Curriculum Adoption

The Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) Fine Arts Department invites all IPS staff, families, and community members to preview the complete list of online and print materials for K-12 art, music, and theater classes.  

There will be a Teams meeting for anyone interested in reviewing the materials starting at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 7.  Feel free to jump on the meeting for any materials you would like to preview or ask questions about.  Join the meeting here.

Times for each adoption material:

  • 4 p.m. – K-12 Art Curriculum (Art of Education online art resource, Sean Dunne, our rep from Art of Ed,  will be at the meeting to answer any questions.)
  • 4:10 p.m. –  IB DP Art (grades 11-12) (InThinking online curriculum)
  • 4:15 p.m. – MS/HS Beginning Band method book (TBA/Sound Innovations Book 1, 2, 3)
  • 4:20 p.m. – MS/HS Band Warm-up and Technique book (Essential Technique/Foundations for Superior Performance)
  • 4:25 p.m. – MS/HS Percussion Method Book (Wessel’s Approach set of books)
  • 4:30 p.m. – MS/HS Beginning Orchestra method book (Essential Elements Book 1, 2, 3)
  • 4:35 pm – MS/HS Orchestra Warm-up and Technique Book (Sound Innovations Intermediate/Advanced Sound Development
  • 4:40 p.m. – MS/HS Choral Technique Book (Essential Musicianship)
  • 4:45 p.m. – ES/MS/HS Piano method book (Alfred Series)
  • 4:50 p.m. – K-5 General Music Curriculum (Music Play Online) 
  • 5 p.m. – K-5 Modern Band method books (Hal Leonard Modern Band Method for Ukulele, Piano, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drum Set)
  • 5:05 p.m. – K-5 DJ method book (50 1st DJ Techniques by DJ Hapa)
  • 5:10 p.m. – Grades 5-12 Theatre Curriculum (Digital Theatre+)
  • 5:25 p.m. – IB Theatre (IB Theatre Student Handbook by Follett)

Other Adoption Information:

  • All of the listed curriculum adoption materials include scope and sequence, lesson plans, unit plans, and assessment tools. 
  • Each aligns with the Indiana State Standards for Art, Music, and Theatre. Many also include online resources available to anyone with a smartphone, tablet, or computer.
  • Some materials also have dual-language capabilities and translations available in other languages
  • All of the above curriculum materials support the diverse needs of diverse learners
  • The instrumental method books are written in a sequential manner that supports students from the time they learn to open a case to when they are in high school performing in our most advanced ensembles 

If you have questions or feedback about any adoption material listed above, or you cannot make the virtual meeting, please email Traci Prescott at to set up a time to meet. 

 All feedback and questions need to be submitted by Feb. 7. All review and feedback opportunities will close on Feb. 9.