Teaching Artist Minor
The Teaching Artist Minor at Loyola University Chicago prepares artists to work as teaching artists in conjunction with certified public school teachers, arts organizations, and out-of-school programs. The minor is not a credentialing program. This minor focuses on experiential learning in local schools and arts organizations, preparing Loyola undergraduates to teach basic artistic skills to students from ages 7 to 70.
The curriculum for the Teaching Artist Minor aims to support the content knowledge required to optimize teaching-learning for students from diverse backgrounds. The transdisciplinary curriculum, drawn from the School of Education and the Dance, Fine Arts, Music, and Theatre programs in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts in the College of Arts and Sciences, centers on releasing the social imagination in order to advance social justice through active engagement with art and developmentally appropriate pedagogy. Curriculum in this vein encompasses four major dimensions: teaching-learning theory, teaching for social justice, teaching-learning methods in a specific art discipline and general art education in general, and strategic grant writing.
Students completing the Teaching Artis Minor will:
- Employ fundamental knowledge of arts education, arts integration, and community-based arts to develop a course of study appropriate to specific institutions
- Apply pedagogy strategies that are developmentally appropriate
- Hold high expectations and build on the assets of diverse populations
- Utilize assessment strategies to measure learning effectiveness that are non-discriminatory
- Demonstrate effective classroom management
Students who wish to complete the Teaching Artist Minor should contact Dr. Mark Lococo, Chair of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.