Fine Arts » Overview


Elementary students receive instruction in the performing and visual arts and are exposed to art, music, violin, and theater. The purpose of the elementary fine arts program is to encourage children to gain a love of and sense of appreciation for the arts. The curriculum includes appreciation and technique as well as basic elements of theory. Students have opportunities to display their work and perform at recitals. Special guests and field trips provide a broader exposure to the arts.
Cumberland Academy Middle School students have the opportunity to explore many different forms and levels of art. Sixth graders can opt to be members of the band, Conservatory Choir, Concert Choir (by audition only), Scholar Orchestra, Academic Orchestra, and Maidens Dance Team (by audition only).
Seventh grade fine arts opportunities expand to the Virtuoso Orchestra, three levels of theater classes, intermediate band, and jazz I. In addition to the previously listed offerings, 8th graders qualify for advanced band, theater III, and jazz II. CAMS students compete in the University Interscholastic League and Academic Rodeo art contests.
CAH students interested in pursuing fine arts in college or as a career may choose to follow the Fine Arts Endorsement degree plan which includes courses in visual art I - IV, choir I - IV, orchestra I - IV, band I - IV, jazz band I - IV, dance I - IV, dance team I - IV, and theater I - IV. All other students must choose one fine arts class. CAH students compete in the University Interscholastic League arts contests as well as the Texas Art Education Association's VASE (Visual Arts Scholastic Event) competition.
In addition to fall and spring performances, fine arts participants have opportunities throughout the school year to perform at events including Mistletoe and Magic, the CAH Student Council dinner theater, and pep rallies.