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At Ashton Ranch we value the role fine arts play in a child’s education. We do this through offering award winning arts programs for students to engage in. Our Mustang Band was the only middle school band in Dysart to compete in the 2022 ABODA (Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association) Festival; receiving a rating of “Excellent.” Additionally, our music program consists of show choir, ukulele, and piano. Our 5th - 8th grade students can also spend time in our art studio by taking mixed media, introductory art, and advanced art.

Our band and music programs perform at various festivals and competitions throughout the year and performance is a requirement of the course.


student painting on canvas


Students will explore the artistic processes by creating, presenting, responding, and connecting through visual arts. This will include instruction in painting, drawing, ceramics, and various media. Students will develop new skills through engaging, hands-on experiences in the arts. Students will have the opportunity to learn about various artists, genres, and mediums. All materials will be supplied.

picture of horn instruments on table


Band is designed for students who are interested in playing an instrument. The primary focus for this class is on instrumental skill development and music reading. Prior music reading is not required for participation in this class. The goal of this class is to develop the student so they can enter into the intermediate band the following year. Students are responsible for securing an instrument to use. The school does have opportunities for rental instruments but is based on availability.

choir students in background of piano


This course is designed to focus on singing as a group. Students will focus on learning different types of choral music, sight-reading, correct singing techniques, and performance etiquette. Students will be exposed to and perform all types of genres and styles of choral music. Choir is a performing ensemble and will participate in concerts, school events, and festivals.