WVCCRS have been developed with the goal of preparing students for a wide range of high-quality postsecondary opportunities. Specifically, college- and career-readiness refers to the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to be successful in higher education and/or training that lead to gainful employment. The WVCCRS establish a set of knowledge and skills that all individuals need to transition into higher education or the workplace, as both realms share many expectations. All students throughout their educational experience, should develop a full understanding of the career opportunities available, the education necessary to be successful in their chosen pathway, and a plan to attain their goals.

WVCCRS for the Arts promote proficiency in performing a range of material or creating two or three dimensional artworks, analyzing and processing feedback, the application of verbal and non-verbal communication, and integrity in responsible collaboration with peers.  Students will develop problem solving and critical thinking skills independently and collaboratively as they engage in the common domains of the arts – create, connect, explore, perform, relate, respond, and others germane to specific arts disciplines.  College-and career-readiness is supported in the arts as students acquire and further develop abilities to become creators, consumers and advocates of the arts.

Music education

Music education provides students with opportunities to explore the world of music through singing, playing instruments, moving, and listening and to develop skills to perform, create, and appreciate music. Civic literacy is developed in music education through the study of patriotic and folk music. In addition, global awareness will be introduced to the student through experiencing the music of other cultures.  Collaboration skills will be emphasized as students learn to perform with others in various ensembles.  Critical-thinking skills will be sharpened as students actively listen and respond to what they hear.  Creativity and problem-solving skills will be developed through simple composition and improvisation.  Students will relate music to other disciplines, including literature, math, science, and visual art.

Visual Art education

The study of visual art provides students with the skills to appreciate and create and visual art.  In visual art, students explore the world of art through subject matter that centers on the student’s own environment, allowing them to express feelings and ideas using a variety of media and tools. Communication skills are developed as students discover how to communicate through art and to discuss their own creations. Technical expertise is honed as they learn to use tools properly for drawing, painting, printing, and sculpture. As they develop their artistic sensibilities, students will build upon their knowledge of the elements and principles of visual art to investigate more complex concepts of artistic design. Civic literacy is developed as subject matter expands from personal to the community, environment, nature and other cultures, and an understanding of connections between the arts and other disciplines is formed.