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Fine Arts

Dysart Unified School District's fine arts department provides students the opportunity to explore their artistic side through a rigorous and relevant comprehensive fine arts program aligned with Arizona state and national standards. All students will participate in a progressive, performance-based curriculum that encourages students to reach their academic, creative and expressive potential.



Student standing in front of music postersGeneral Music
Music education provides an opportunity for artistic expression that a student could not experience on his/her own.  Music stimulates the creative, curious and imaginative mind- the mental building blocks for critical thinking and self-motivation.  In Dysart our goal is to provide students with the skills they need to enjoy music for a lifetime. Our general music curriculum is designed to develop a greater understanding and  love of music through singing, reading, playing instruments, moving, listening, analyzing and composing, helping to support the academic success and development of the whole child.

Grade Levels:
Kindergarten through 8th 


Student paintingVisual Arts

The visual arts provide a unique and necessary understanding of human expression, assists in the development of creativity, builds problem-solving skills, and provides opportunity for verbal and nonverbal communication.   The visual arts offer another form of self-expression to students. At Dysart our K-12 Visual Art curriculum is designed to build on knowledge, aesthetic awareness, art appreciation and age appropriate skills. Our programs introduce and reinforce art concepts, skills, techniques, media, technology and processes.   Students are given a multitude of opportunities for creative expression within a structured framework. 

Examples include ceramics, painting, and drawing.  International Baccalaureate, Cambridge, and AP courses are available at the high school level.

Grade Levels:
Kindergarten through 12th Grade


Students singing in choirVocal Music
Choral music education provides students the opportunity to not only gain musical skills but also a life-long appreciation for music.   Students develop individual skills and strategies that will help them be successful in all academic areas throughout their lives. In Dysart, the vocal curriculum is designed to teach students the fundamentals of singing, reading music, breath support, diction, vowel formation, ear training, and afford students many performance opportunities.   Our programs allow for student growth as advanced performance groups offer an environment in which ear-training, music theory and vocal technique is challenged. 

Examples include choir, show choir, and vocal ensemble.  AP Music theory is available at the high school level.

Grade Levels:
9th through 12th Grade (Opportunities may be available at the K-8 level through after-school clubs.)


Student playing fluteInstrumental Music
Through the studying of instrumental music and playing in ensembles, students learn countless lifelong skills that help them develop into intelligent, creative leaders.   Students learn leadership, organization, dedication and teamwork, and also develop an interactive awareness of what is occurring around them through ensemble playing. In Dysart our instrumental program curriculum is designed to develop skills and understand the aesthetics of music, achieve instrumental competency, develop a proficient level of reading music, explore and perform a variety of literature, and help students understand their role within an ensemble. 

Examples include concert band, marching band, jazz band, piano, and guitar.  Orchestra is offered at the West Point Elementary School Arts Academy.  AP Music theory is available at the high school level.

Grade Levels:
5th through 12th Grade


Girls performing dance routineDance

In the Dysart Unified School District, our dance program curriculum is designed to engage students in the collaborative creative process, exposure to multifaceted dance techniques, gain an understanding of the aesthetics and approaches to performing, and integrate an understanding of cultural context with the artform.  Students will study the development of movement quality and performance skills with an emphasis on alignment, control, awareness of style, and phrasing in dance. 

Examples include modern, jazz, ballet, and tap.

Grade Levels:
9th through 12th grade (Dance is also offered at the West Point Arts Academy for 5th through 8th grade students.)


Students acting in playTheater

An essential component of a well-rounded education, theatre teaches critical 21st century skills- collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking. In Dysart and our theatre program each student will be afforded the opportunity to develop a greater appreciation for the aesthetics of the dramatics arts, and criteria of an effective performance, along with an awareness of historical influences of the theatre.   Dysart’s theatre curriculum includes exposure to various acting techniques, script analysis, directing, movement, technical theatre and design. 

Examples include acting, directing, playwriting, and technical theater.

Grade Levels:
9th through 12th grade (The West Point Arts Academy also offers theater for 5th through 8th grade students.)