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Canyon Ridge provides a diverse arts experience for students. Students across all grades have the opportunity to grow in their skills in art and music with the help and guidance of teachers who are highly proficient in these content areas. In Canyon Ridge’s art program, students are encouraged to dive into their creativity to build art in various mediums and to incorporate their personal interests into projects they can be proud of. This includes elective courses in architecture, 3D arts, and fiber arts among others. In music, students experience music and movement, project based learning, and are encouraged to strive to become music students of excellence through choral and band ensemble participation. Music electives include digital soundtrack design, Musical Theater, Band, Choir, STEM instrument design, and many more. Every student can use their creativity to be the best artist they can be.


sheet music with students singing in background

Music Program

Hello! My name is Mrs. Mutai and I am passionate about music! I believe that music is a language that we all speak! My goal as a music educator is to make sure every student that comes through my program will have access to the best musical education I can provide. My background is as a competitive classical singer.I began singing in choir in the 3rd grade and I have been competing vocally across Arizona since I was in Junior High. I completed my Bachelor of Arts in Music Education at Grand Canyon University (Lopes up!) and I'm grateful to be able to say that I was awarded a vocal scholarship that paid for my degree. Music is an important part of our lives and I am grateful to be able to share my knowledge of this beautiful art with your children!

hand painting on canvas

Art Program

My name is Mrs. Crane and I am the art teacher at Canyon Ridge school. I have nineteen years of teaching experience and I obtained my undergraduate degree in Art Education at Wayne State College, Nebraska in 2000. I completed my masters degree in education from Grand Canyon University in 2010. I have two sons and one grandson. We enjoy camping together as a family. I like visiting art museums, painting, and ceramics. In my classroom your child will learn creativity, problem solving, and how to be great thinkers. I will teach this through art history, a variety of media, techniques, and critique.

horn instruments on table

Band Program

I'm Dr. Alex Manners, the band director at Canyon Ridge and Asante. I'm originally from the Kansas City area, and I used to teach elementary and high school band for six years in Missouri. This is my seventh year in the Dysart school district. After I taught in Missouri but before Dysart, I earned a doctorate in music on the French horn. On the French horn, I play in several groups around the Valley: Symphony of the Southwest, the West Valley Symphony, and the Phoenix Brass Collective, as well as occasionally filling in with groups like The Phoenix Symphony. In my spare time, I'm a diehard fan of the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals, Missouri Tigers, and Sporting Kansas City, and I enjoy running as a hobby. I enjoy spending time with my wife Daniela and our Great Pyrenees mix dog, Sydney.