Study Guide

Overview and Test Objectives
Field 053: Fine Arts

Test Overview

Table outlining the test format, number of questions, time, and passing score.
Format Computer-based test (CBT)
Number of Questions 100 multiple-choice questions
Time 2 hours 30 minutes*
Passing Score 220

*Does not include 15-minute CBT tutorial

Test Objectives

Table outlining test content and subject weighting by sub area and objective.
Subarea Range of Objectives Approximate Percentage of Questions on Test
I Fine Arts Program 001–010 23%
II Art Education 011–022 25%
III Music Education 023–036 26%
IV Theatre Arts Education 037–048 26%
Pie chart of approximate test weighting, detailed in the table below.

Subarea I—FINE ARTS PROGRAM

Objective 001—Identify appropriate two-dimensional and three-dimensional art activities for various educational levels.

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Objective 002—Understand appropriate teaching methods and activities for music education.

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Objective 003—Understand appropriate teaching methods and activities for theatre arts education.

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Objective 004—Understand the evaluation of student work in fine arts education.

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Objective 005—Identify characteristics and applications of appropriate educational materials for a variety of fine arts activities.

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Objective 006—Identify ways to integrate the fine arts into other areas of the educational curriculum.

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Objective 007—Understand specialized fine arts instruction for students with special educational needs.

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Objective 008—Analyze the relationship of individual art forms to other art forms.

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Objective 009—Analyze the relationship between the fine arts and U.S. society and culture.

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Objective 010—Understand the fine arts as means of communication and self-expression.

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Subarea II—ART EDUCATION

Objective 011—Identify techniques, materials, and tools used in two-dimensional art activities.

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Objective 012—Identify techniques, materials, and tools used in three-dimensional art activities.

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Objective 013—Identify techniques, materials, and tools used in graphic arts, including computer-generated art.

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Objective 014—Understand maintenance and safety procedures for art materials and activities.

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Objective 015—Understand uses and characteristics of line.

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Objective 016—Understand uses and characteristics of color and value.

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Objective 017—Understand uses and characteristics of shape, form, and balance.

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Objective 018—Understand uses and characteristics of texture.

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Objective 019—Understand uses and characteristics of space.

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Objective 020—Analyze the interaction of elements and principles in given works of art.

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Objective 021—Understand the universality of art.

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Objective 022—Identify influences of various cultures in the art of the United States.

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Subarea III—MUSIC EDUCATION

Objective 023—Understand the principles of sound and vocal production.

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Objective 024—Understand the characteristics of orchestral instruments.

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Objective 025—Understand the types, characteristics, and applications of classroom instruments; and electronic equipment in a school music setting.

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Objective 026—Identify stylistic performance practices for vocal and instrumental music.

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Objective 027—Understand written musical notation in a given score excerpt.

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Objective 028—Identify keys and scales in a given score excerpt.

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Objective 029—Identify melodic elements in a given score excerpt.

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Objective 030—Interpret rhythmic elements in a given score excerpt.

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Objective 031—Interpret musical terms and symbols in a given score excerpt.

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Objective 032—Understand chordal structure and harmonic function in a given score excerpt.

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Objective 033—Identify types and characteristics of compositional forms.

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Objective 034—Understand major developments, characteristics, and composers of music from the major historical periods.

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Objective 035—Identify types and characteristics of traditional music from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

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Objective 036—Identify types and characteristics of music from traditions that have influenced music in the United States.

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Subarea IV—THEATRE ARTS EDUCATION

Objective 037—Understand the principles of acting.

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Objective 038—Understand the principles of improvisation and pantomime.

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Objective 039—Apply production skills in theatrical lighting, sound, and stage design.

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Objective 040—Apply make-up and costuming skills and techniques.

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Objective 041—Understand theatre facilities and safety procedures and requirements in theatrical production.

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Objective 042—Understand directing techniques and procedures.

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Objective 043—Understand the principles of play production.

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Objective 044—Understand the principles of writing, selecting, and adapting plays and other literary works for theatrical performance and oral interpretation.

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Objective 045—Understand the principles of dramatic literature and theatre.

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Objective 046—Analyze the use of literary elements and techniques in dramatic literature.

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Objective 047—Understand the historical development of dramatic literature and theatre.

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Objective 048—Understand American drama and the influence of theatrical traditions and dramatic literature of other cultures.

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