Course Description

This course incorporates the arts in your classroom, opening new possibilities to expand the mind, create a thirst for knowledge, help students become more open to the world around them and offer another way of thinking about, being in and constructing our world. Classroom teachers face the challenge of teaching the arts without the background or support they need. This course explores every aspect of implementing and integrating the arts into both the curriculum and everyday life. It contains a wealth of classroom activities that help kids give form to their thoughts and feelings. Educators will learn how to integrate the major art forms into their curriculum:  music, visual arts, drama, dance, and media.   

Learner Outcomes

Effective teaching strategies will inspire creative and technical skills in the following areas:

  • Explore a model for strengthening instructional strategies for art and music.
  • Understand which elements of instruction are best suited to teaching art and music and utilize the specific suggestions and techniques for implementing these elements.
  • Receive time-tested strategies and ideas to improve teaching and learning in art and music classrooms.
  • Examine teaching methods for increasing student engagement in art and music programs.
  • Confront the unique challenges found in art and music education and feel inspired to collaborate with other teachers to continuously improve fine or creative arts programs.


A link to the Armchair Ed course assignments and exams will be included in the registration confirmation and receipt email that will be automatically sent to students immediately upon completion of the registration process. Any required textbooks must be purchased separately.

The link can also be accessed after enrollment by logging into the Student Portal and clicking the link listed under View Online Resources.

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Section Title
Book Study: The Arts Go to School-The Art and Science of Teaching Art and Music
Start Now, you have 364 days to complete this course once enrolled.
Delivery Options
Distance Learning  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (3 units) $290.00
Available for Credit
3 Quarter Credits
Reading List / Textbook

Must be Purchased Separately:

Booth, D. (2004). The arts go to school: classroom-based activities that focus on music, painting, drama, movement, media, and more. Markham, Ont.: Pembroke. 160 pages.
Onuscheck, M., Marzano, R. J., & Grice, J. (2020). The new art and science of teaching art & music. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press. 159 pages.

Section Notes

This course is offered in collaboration with ArmchairEd.

Course is self-paced. Completion time: up to one year from date of enrollment.

Refund Policy: Withdrawals submitted online through SPU within 7 days of enrollment will receive a 95% refund. Withdrawals received after that point will not receive a refund and no withdrawals will be accepted after the completion deadline for the course. Instructions on how to withdraw are located on our website under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.


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