Teacher Resources

These guides, opportunities, and articles will help you enhance your teaching, provide resources for your students, and help you advocate for the arts in schools. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if we can be of any assistance! 

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Arts Integration Lesson Plans

  • Find free arts-based lesson plans and projects for classrooms and after school at Kennedy Center ARTSEDGE.
  • Arts Impact offers a wide variety of foundational arts lessons and arts lessons infused with math, reading, writing, and science. 
  • Free for classroom and arts teachers to use, Education Closet has over 100 arts integration lesson plans to choose from in grades Kindergarten through High School. These arts integration lessons are a perfect way for you to get started with arts integration, or to enhance a program you already have in place. 

Teacher Resources

  • Arts Impact 
    Arts Impact, a program of Puget Sound Educational Service District, is a comprehensive professional development arts program for classroom teachers. The provide professional learning for teachers to build confidence and competence to integrate the arts into the everyday classroom experience, helping to ensure all children have access to quality arts education.
  • ArtsWA 
    Every child has the right to a well-rounded education, which includes the arts. ArtsWA works to strengthen K-12 arts education as part of, and fundamental to, basic education. They do this by:
    • Supporting local partnerships among arts organizations, schools, and community organizations.
    • Supporting and developing the arts teaching workforce of classroom teachers, teaching artists, and arts education leaders.
    • Engaging with regional, state-level, and national arts and education organizations to develop, align, and promote policies to support K-12 arts education.
  • Arts Corps 
    Arts Corps is a force for creativity and justice in a region where race is the greatest predictor of whether a young person has access to an arts education. They believe creating art can be a personal act of liberation, and when done collectively can transform schools, neighborhoods, and beyond. A nationally recognized youth arts education organization, Arts Corps, works to address the race and income-based opportunity gap in access to arts education. Through participation in their arts integration, out-of-school arts and teen leadership programs, youth experience the transformative power of creativity and gain a deepened belief in their own capacity to learn, take risks, persist and achieve. 
  • Northwest Symphony Orchestra 
    The Northwest Symphony Orchestra provides educational enrichment and free student concert tickets for the Highline School District. 
  • Early Music Seattle 
    Early Music Seattle offers teaching artists workshops at no cost to schools. All programs work in large and small group settings across the K-12 spectrum. These presentations are especially resonant for social studies (World History, Ancient Civilizations, Human Geography) as well as general or instrumental music and ELL. The underlying message of honoring our similarities and differences spans grades and topics. Our teaching team’s emphasis is on short- and medium-term residencies that empower students to develop hands-on skills. 
  • ArtsEd Washington 
    ArtsEd Washington creates enduring system-wide change to ensure that the arts play an integral role in the education of every child in every school. Learning the arts keeps students engaged in school, improves their academic success and ignites the creativity that develops them into leaders in work and in life. 
  • Creative Dance Center 
    Creative Dance Center is a unique non-profit organization that has been providing brain-compatible dance education to the community for 3 decades. 
  • Music In Our Schools Month® (MIOSM)
    Music In Our Schools Month® is the National Association for Music Education’s annual celebration during March which engages music educators, students, and communities from around the country in promoting the benefits of high quality music education programs in schools. 
  • Arts Education Month
    May is Washington State’s Arts Education Month, a time to celebrate and strengthen arts education in our schools for all students. 

Short Pieces for Arts Advocacy

Student Opportunities

  • Federal Way Symphony
    Federal Way Symphony is pleased to announce a new music education program offering free music lessons to local students in need. The Masters and Mentors program pairs music educators with students who would be otherwise unable to afford individual music instruction, helping them prepare hone their technique, refine their sound, and prepare them for auditions and ensemble playing. The Symphony also offers greatly reduced admission and special day-of-show pricing to students. 
  • Federal Way Chorale
    The Federal Way Chorale offers a $2,000 scholarship to a qualifying graduating senior. This scholarship is to help a local high school student who wishes to study music at the college level.
  • Poetry Out Loud
    By participating in the program, students master public speaking skills and build self-confidence, while also learning how to connect with and analyze literature in new ways. Each state hosts an annual competition, culminating in a national competition among the state winners.
  • Arts Corps: ALLI
    The Arts Liberation and Leadership Institute (ALLI) is a one-week intensive summer program where 20 youth are trained in artistry, social justice and organizing.
  • Arts Corps: The Residency
    The Residency is a collaboration between Arts Corps, MoPOP, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. The program engages up to 40 emerging youth hip-hop artists through two tracks: the Vocal Track, which fosters self-expression through lyricism, delivery, and rhyme structure, and the Production Track, which emphasizes media literacy, beat-making, and song construction.
  • National YoungArts Foundation
    YoungArts’ signature program is an application-based award for emerging artists ages 15–18 or in grades 10–12 from across the United States.
  • Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge
    The Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge, presented by the National Endowment for the Arts, is for any student enrolled in High School (grades 9-12) who demonstrates talent and a passion for writing musical theatre songs that could be part of a musical theatre production.
  • The National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute
    Every summer, approximately 60 students (ages 15-20) from all over the United States, as well as a number of other countries, meet in Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Center to attend the National Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Music Institute (SMI). The program is designed to expose and prepare students for a 21st Century orchestral career.

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