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Blueprints For Teaching and Learning in the Arts

The Blueprints for Teaching and Learning in the Arts: PreK-12 provide a standards-based, rigorous approach to teaching the arts.

The Blueprints for Teaching and Learning in the Arts: PreK-12 provide teachers with a path to follow for developing curriculum in their art form, and provide benchmarks for what children should know, understand, and be able to do in the arts at critical junctures in their intellectual, physical, and emotional development. In addition, the Blueprints provide school administrators with tools to appropriately supervise arts teachers and to recognize and share with parents the potential their children have for achievement in the arts.



2015 Edition


We are proud to release the revised 2015 edition of the Blueprints for Teaching and Learning in the Arts: PreK-12. This version includes documents to address arts instruction in PreK settings, for students with disabilities, and for English language learners. The Blueprint also provides guidance for aligning the arts and the Common Core as well as the "Specific Considerations in the Arts" for arts studio practice and observations. There are also revised bibliographies, website resources with active links and assessment guidance and other useful resources. We are confident that the Blueprints for Teaching and Learning in the Arts: PreK-12 will remain an essential tool for New York City arts teachers.



Visit the Blueprint Pages:


Explore our Blueprint pages and find unit plans, curriculum supports, and Commencement Assessment resources for all art disciplines.

Dance Music Theater Visual Arts Moving Image







Instructions on how to order hard copies of the Blueprints and the posters:


How to purchase through FAMIS (internal)
How to purchase as an individual or external organization



Sample Curriculum Maps for Arts Instruction


The Office of Arts and Special Projects is pleased to offer teachers of the arts a series of sample of Curriculum Maps to support their instructional planning. These Maps were developed by teams of veteran educators in Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts with a deep commitment to the integrity and talent of New York City arts teachers. Informed by their respective Blueprints for Teaching and Learning in the Arts, each team developed dynamic introductory Curriculum Maps for four different grade levels: early elementary, upper elementary, middle, and high school.


Each Map has several defined Units that consecutively span an entire school year. These Units provide a sample comprehensive series of teaching and learning experiences, assessments and instructional modifications. Furthermore, each Map contains two fully developed lesson plans for teacher reference and use.


Click here for Sample DOE Arts Maps





New York State Standards


Learn more about the New York State Education Learning Standards in the Arts here.






Quality Arts Education in New York City (DVD)


This short video, to be used in conjunction with the New York City Department of Education's Blueprints for Teaching and Learning in the Arts, will assist school leaders in implementing and enriching arts programs in their schools.



View the sections of the video:

IntroductionElementary SchoolMiddle SchoolHigh SchoolSummary








Instructions on how to order this DVD resource:


How to purchase through FAMIS (internal)
How to purchase as an individual or external organization






Arts Education Manual for School Leaders


We are pleased to provide you with the Arts Education Manual for School Leaders. This guide is an administrator's complement to the Blueprints for Teaching and Learning in the Arts. We hope this manual will provide you with a comprehensive guide to support the administration, supervision, and implementation of excellent arts programs in your schools.


Instructions on how to order a hard copy of this resource are below:


How to purchase through FAMIS (internal)
How to purchase as an individual or external organization



For more information for school leaders, click here.

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