Spartanburg School District Six provides an artistically and musically gifted and talented program, entitled Visions. The following is a list of qualities artistically and musically gifted children often display. Definition: The gifted are those children whose abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment are so outstanding that they require special provisions to meet their educational needs.
District Six provides instruction for students identified as gifted and talented in music, in keeping with South Carolina State Regulation 43-220:
- Gifted and talented students are those who are identified in grades one through twelve as demonstrating high performance ability or potential in academic and/or artistic areas and therefore require educational programming beyond that normally provided by the general school programming in order to achieve their potential.
- Gifted and talented abilities for these regulations include (a) Academic and Intellectual Ability: Students who have the academic and/or intellectual potential to function at a high level in one or more academic areas. (b) Visual and Performing Arts: Students who have the artistic potential to function at a high performance level in one or more of the fine arts (dance, music, theatre, and visual arts).
Students gifted in music usually share one or more of these traits:
- High quality of work and task commitment to one of the arts such as music
- Arts involvement and interest either in class or on their own
- Willingness to explore arts’ problems
- Flexible thinking; uses many approaches to solving a problem
- Creative potential
- Goes beyond the obvious, sees unusual relationships
- Thinks of doing projects in their spare time
- Examines and observes things very thoroughly
- Likes to elaborate on an idea and add details
- Takes work seriously and completes it
- High energy level
Spartanburg School District Six will accept nominations for the Visions Artistically and Musically Gifted and Talented Program during October 29-November 9. Music Visions –Grades 2-4.
Once a nomination form is completed and returned, students participate in a screening process in January using a test based on the music rubrics outlined in the South Carolina Identification of Artistically Gifted and Talented Students: Referral, Screening and Assessment. Please click on the state department link for detailed rubrics and screening process details: https://ed.sc.gov/scdoe/assets/File/instruction/standards/Visual%20Arts/IdentificationofArtisticallyGiftedandTalentedStudentsBestPracticesManual.pdftails
Students who qualify for Music Visions begin classes in the fall of the following school year, for thirty-five minutes twice a week. Classes focus on music literacy, history, composition, and independent study.
Music literacy is showcased in Music Visions students' ability to read music on the treble staff and play soprano recorders. They join fourth graders on a field trip to hear the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra perform The Carnegie Hall Link Up Concert. They accompany the orchestra by playing their recorders and singing. Students reflect on the performance by writing thank you notes to sponsoring area businesses, The Spartanburg Music Foundation, and the orchestra.
In preparation for the Link Up Concert, students also learn about classical music and music history. Students study about the composers they will hear at the concert, and many learn to play the melodies of famous compositions on their recorders, or sing melodies based on orchestral works.
Students also focus on composition. After learning to read and play recorder melodies, students can improvise, or make up their own melodies, on their recorders. Following these exercises, students can begin to write melodies on staff paper, and learn the process of composing.
Each school year a different world culture is celebrated in Music Visions. Past world themes have included Arts Fiesta, (Hispanic Music); African Tribal Arts, (African-American and West African Music); Arts Americana (American Folk, Rock Music); Oceanic Arts (Island Music); and Native American Tribal Arts (Native American Indian Music). After studying the different tribes, regions or countries of a particular culture, students focus on one particular region, and complete an independent study. Some students choose to write a song, others present iMovies, Google presentations, or PowerPoints. The world culture study culminates at the end of the school year, when Art and Music Visions students in grades three-five can participate in the Summer Arts Institute at Dawkins Middle School. Students can attend classes in visual are, storytelling, creative movement and music, all in keeping with the selected world culture.