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Design Pattern: Art, Music, Performance

Art, Music, Performance

There was a time when art, music and theater were considered “soft” sciences — less important as it were to getting a good education.

Art, Music and Performance The idea was that these things were good insofar as they helped provide a “well-roudned” education but that they lacked the intrinsic value attributed to the academic disciplines like reading, writing, mathematics and science.

With the growing awareness of how the brain works and the ability to integrate multiple-intelligences theory more fully into th learning, experience, it is now evidence that the arts are part of, and not separate from the other disciplines.

To learn more, order The Language of School Design: Design Patterns for 21st Century Schools (Nair, Fielding)


Traditional Classroom

Learning Studio

Learning Suite

Small Learning Community

Welcoming Entry

Student Display Space

Home Base and Individual Storage

Physical Fitness

Science Labs, Art Labs, and Life Skills Areas

Art, Music, Performance

Casual Eating Areas


Interior and Exterior Vistas

Dispersed Technology

Indoor-Outdoor Connection

Furniture: Soft Seating

Flexible Spaces

Campfire Space

Watering Hole Space

Cave Space

Designing for Multiple Intelligences

Daylight and Solar Energy

Natural Ventilation

Full Spectrum Lighting

Sustainable Elements and Building as 3-D Text

Local Signature

Connected to the Community

Bringing It All Together

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