Code of Maryland Regulations Requirements for Fine Arts

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The Code of Maryland Regulations, often referred to as COMAR, is the official compilation of all administrative regulations issued by agencies of the state of Maryland. AEMS is working with MSDE to reform the current COMAR language, as per the recommendation in the Governor's P-20 Leadership Council Task Force on Arts Education in Maryland Schools, found here.

Requirements for fine arts are described in Title 13a, State Board of Education, Subtitle 04, Specific Subjects, Chapter 16 Programs in Fine Arts.

COMAR 13A.04.16
Programs in Fine Arts         
Current Regulation
Effective August 15, 1994
Chapter 16 Programs in Fine Arts
Authority: Education Article, §2-205, Annotated Code of Maryland

.01 Requirements for Fine Arts (Art, Dance, Music, Theatre) Instructional Programs for Grades K – 12

A. The following fine arts instructional programs shall be required in public schools for grades K – 12:
(1) Grades K – 8.  Each local school system shall provide an instructional program in fine arts each year for all students in grades K – 8.
(2) Grades 9 – 12.  Each local school system shall offer fine arts instructional programs in grades 9 – 12 which shall enable students to meet graduation credit requirements and to select fine arts electives.

B. Maryland Fine Arts Program.  The instructional program shall encompass at some time in grades K – 8, at a minimum, the arts instructional program competencies and objectives listed in the Declared Competencies Index, incorporated by reference in COMAR 13A.03.01.03, and the expected outcomes related to these competencies and objectives described in guidelines of the State Department of Education.  Program accommodations shall be made for students with disabilities.  The comprehensive instructional program shall provide for the diversity of student needs, abilities, and interests, at the early, middle, and high school learning years, and shall include all of the following goals and subgoals:
(1) To develop the ability to perceive and respond to experiences and the environment through the fine arts, which includes:
(a)Developing an understanding of ways that sensory stimuli effect perception of the acquisition of knowledge,
(b) Developing an understanding and appreciation of a variety of artistic responses to ideas, images, forms, sounds, and experiences, and
(c) Developing an understanding of ways that organizing concepts effect expression in fine arts;
(2) To develop an understanding of the fine arts in historical, cultural, and social contexts, which includes:
(a) Developing the ability to recognize and appreciate the fine arts as forms of individual and cultural expression,
(b) Developing an understanding the philosophies, traditions, styles, forms, and conventions of the fine arts, and
(c) Developing an understanding of the interrelationships among the fine arts and other forms of cultural expression such as the humanities and sciences;
(3) To develop skills and attitudes to organize knowledge and ideas for creative expression and performance in the fine arts which includes:
(a) Developing the skills and attitudes required to perform or produce in one or more of the fine arts disciplines,
(b) Developing the ability to create compositions using the organizing concepts of the fine arts and a variety of materials, techniques, and processes, and
(c) Developing the ability to improvise and experiment with artistic media;
(4) To develop the ability to apply criteria to aesthetic decision making, which includes:
(a) Developing knowledge, skills, and sensitivity to make aesthetic judgements,
(b) Developing the ability to identify, describe, apply, and communicate personal criteria for assessing one’s own work, and
(c) Developing the ability to apply aesthetic criteria to the environment.

C. Curriculum Guides.  Consistent with Education Article, §4-110, Annotated Code of Maryland, each of the local school systems shall provide fine arts education curriculum guides for the elementary, middle, and high schools under its jurisdiction.

D. Student Participation.  Each student shall have the opportunity to participate in the fine arts (art, music, dance, theatre) instructional programs required by this chapter.

.02 Certification Procedures.  By September 1, 1989, and each 5 years after that, each local superintendent of schools shall have certified to the State Superintendent of Schools that the instructional programming within grades K – 12 meets, at a minimum, the requirements set forth in Regulation .01.

Administrative History

Effective date: July 1, 1988 (15:9 Md. R 1110)
Regulation.01B amended effective August 15, 1994 (21:16 Md. R. 1388)

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