The Fine Arts program in the School District of La Crosse has a long-standing tradition of excellence that is highly prized by our students, the community, our School Board, and administration. This excellence has been achieved in part because our community values the arts and our School Board and administration, believing that the Arts are important to every child, continues to provide the resources necessary to support a quality Arts Education program. In spite of budgetary challenges, the district remains committed to a Fine Arts program featuring a rich menu of courses and co-curricular experiences. While appropriate funding is a fundamental requirement, excellence can only be achieved in the classroom by quality instruction on the part of our teaching staff and excellent learning on the part of our students. A commitment to teaching the whole child begins with the Arts.
The art program is designed to provide students with an opportunity to work toward reaching their full potential by engaging them in experiences that will impact knowledge, develop skills, and stimulate lifelong visual and other sensory awareness and appreciation.
The music program will provide all students with a variety of musical experiences to develop music literacy, promote aesthetic growth and establish a basis for a lifelong appreciation of music.
The theatre program will engage the school community in dynamic learning to better understand humanity, perceive the world more clearly, communicate expressively and respond intelligently to the ever-changing experience of daily life.
Fine Arts Philosophy
We believe education in the arts is for all students at all ages.
We believe the arts define our culture.
We believe the arts communicate and express.
We believe learning occurs in the arts.
We believe the arts can be integrated into all subject areas.
We believe effective arts education needs to:
~ Have necessary equipment, supplies, and facilities to accommodate diverse activities, media, and numbers of students.
~ Be available to and appropriate for all students; not just those with special needs or talents.
~ Be based on a sequential curriculum.
~ Relate to real-life experiences.
~ Provide individualized instruction as well as group experiences.
~ Have students actively participating and creating not just passively receiving.
~ Accommodate the diverse learning styles of students, by using the widest possible range of artistic and scholarly activities.
~ Be shared with the public.
~ Provide opportunities and prepare students to perform and exhibit their work.
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Students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade receive 90 minutes of music in each six day cycle. Kindergarten through second graders come every other day for 30 minutes while the third through fifth graders come for 45 minutes every three days.
Through music, students will have a myriad of experiences from singing and moving to music, to playing instruments, reading, writing and composing music, to relating the fine arts to other curricular areas, community, and history. In middle schools, students receive a semester of instruction in 6th grade, and may elect to take additional general music courses in 7th grade and 8th grade.
High school offerings include Music Theory, Soundscapes, Media Fusion, and Student Classroom Assistant. Please see the High School Course Guide for more descriptions.
Music Lab is an alternative to participating in a performance based group in 7th and 8th grade. These students experience music through studying keyboards, guitars, music history, composition, musical computer programs and African drumming without performing for a large audience.
Students in grades 6-12 have the opportunity to participate in choir. Middle-level students (grades 6-8) meet regularly for rehearsal (time varies for grade level). High School students meet daily for large group rehearsals.
Choir students also have the opportunity to participate in summer lessons. These lessons are once a week for 6 weeks over the summer and are free to any La Crosse School District student in grades 6-12.
Students in our Middle Schools have the opportunity to be part of school productions that are offered outside of the school day.
High School students can elect to take acting and directing as well as participate in co-curricular productions. Please see the High School Course Guide for more description.
Students have the opportunity to participate in the band program in grades 6-12. Middle level students (grades 6-8) meet regularly for rehearsals and for lessons. High School students meet daily for large group rehearsals and once per cycle for a lesson.
Band students also have the opportunity to participate in summer lessons. These lessons are once a week for 6 weeks over the summer and are free to any La Crosse School District student in grades 6-12.
Students have the opportunity to participate in the orchestra program in grades 4-12.
Elementary level students meet for small group lessons and large group rehearsals.
Middle level students (grades 6-8) meet regularly for rehearsals and for lessons.
High School students meet daily for large group rehearsals and once per cycle for a lesson.
Orchestra students also have the opportunity to participate in summer lessons. These lessons are once a week for 6 weeks over the summer and are free to any La Crosse School District student in grades 4-12.
Students in grades K through 5th grade receive 90 minutes of art each six day cycle.
In Middle Schools, students receive a semester of art in 6th and 7th grade and may elect to take 2D or 3D art in 8th grade.
In High School students have a variety of choices in art including drawing, sculpture, photography, techno-art, art seminar, AP art studio, and student classroom assistant. Please see the High School Course guide for more description.