- Weekly music instruction, yearlong, that is sequential and comprehensive and provided to every child in the school.
- Top-notch music teacher, teaching artist, and class teacher training and professional development.
- Integration of music with other skills and subjects across the curriculum and a focus on the common core standards.
- Strong partnerships and principal and school guidance to sustain long-term sustainable programs.
- Ongoing assessment and evaluation.
Music and Arts Curriculum
At Webster, art and music are woven into the curriculum at every grade level.
PUSD participates in the L.A. County Arts Commission “Arts for All” program and provides high-quality sequential arts education from Kindergarten through 12th grade. PUSD elementary schools use SRA Art Connections to teach art as both a specific subject and as an integral part of core subjects such as social studies and math. Webster students in Pre-K through 5th grade are given opportunities to paint, draw and create models in conjunction with school projects, as well as during classroom time. Our students regularly visit local museums such as Kidspace, the Norton Simon, the Huntington Library, and the Armory Center for the Arts on field trips. Art classes are also offered as an after school enrichment choice.
Webster also has ArtLoft, an arts resource room that connects units in Language Arts and Social Studies to hands-on art projects. For example, after learning about a particular artist and the history of his or her culture, students will go to ArtLoft, where they will create art projects in the style of the artist they just studied. Curriculum is aligned with the California State Standards.
Webster is a regular participant in the annual No Boundaries art exhibition, which features paintings, sculpture, photographs, design, and films created by PUSD students in grades K-12. The exhibit is hosted in a different gallery space each year, which is donated by local business partners. Professional art installers donate their services for this signature Pasadena arts event.
The K-5 music program at Webster is provided by Education Through Music - Los Angeles, a nonprofit organization that supports music education with:
As well, Webster welcomes the renowned Young Americans Music Outreach Tour to campus each year. This intensive, weekend-long workshop provides our students with a musical experience that gives them the opportunity to sing, dance, perform and find their own unique voices through the power of music. The workshop culminates in a show for family, friends and neighbors.