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At Dysart Middle School, we believe in providing students opportunities to explore our arts programs. To do so, we add elective options that meet the demands of the students. Please check out our options below!


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.

students playing instruments


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 singing


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.

student playing piano


Students will learn the basic fundamentals of how to play the piano. Students will learn music theory pertaining to this instrument and be required to learn selected material for a performance grade. Students will learn how to read notes, label the lines and spaces on the music staff, count, use correct fingering and follow a piece of music correctly. Students do not need their own instruments, they will be provided for use in class.

Students drumming on buckets at the Festival of the Arts

Bucket Drumming

Come explore various aspects of drumming! Students will learn basic stick techniques and then work together to perform various rhythms, grooves, and songs. Students will get a chance to study drumming from different areas including Africa, Latin America, and the United States. Students will have multiple opportunities to showcase their skills. No instruments are needed to participate in this course.

picture of students feet dancing on stage


Students will study dance techniques and the development of movement quality and performance skills. Concepts of dance history, production, and improvisational techniques, will also be explored. Dance is a performing ensemble and will participate in concerts, school events, and festivals. Schools may require an audition to be placed in this course.