Interdisciplinary Arts: Old Wine in New Bottles
In an increasingly squeezed New Zealand curriculum, the compulsory Arts subjects of music, visual art, dance and drama now compete for a reduced amount of available time. Curriculum integration has been one way of accommodating multiple subjects in an overloaded curriculum. However, this risks the Arts becoming handmaidens to other subject areas, so jeopardizing the integrity of the separate Arts disciplines. This paper outlines an alternative paradigm of interdisciplinary Arts practice. This has been trialed recently with a group of undergraduate student teachers. In this paradigm, Arts ideas are thematically generated, developed and refined ideas across all Arts disciplines through a series of scaffolded, interdisciplinary experiences, based on common organising principles. Arts elements, devices and conventions are used to deepen the commitment to idea development. Applied examples of this paradigm are demonstrated and benefits and challenges, such as transference of knowledge between disciplines are discussed.
Keywords: Interdisciplinary Arts, Arts Ideas, Development of Arts Ideas, Arts Elements, Devices and Conventions
Senior Lecturer in Music Education, Arts Language Department School of Education, University of Waikato