Band, Choir, Theatre

The Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in the Arts list five arts disciplines for students: the performing arts of dance, music, theater, visual, and media arts. Minnesota students are required to be literate in the arts  by the time they graduate from High School. A student is considered literate when they possess a combination of 1) foundational knowledge (knowing and understanding) and applied skills (doing) in an art form.

At Warroad High School, performing arts education is designed to educate all students in a supportive, nurturing, and challenging environment by providing them with the skills, knowledge, confidence, and opportunities for personal and creative expression in Music and Theatre. This assists them to participate actively as both consumers and makers of the arts in a diverse global community.

The study of Music and Theatre prepares life-long learners for success in a complex and rapidly changing world. Our challenging performing arts programs foster creative, intellectual, social, and personal growth for students.

How do we do it?

Our teaching and learning are based upon a set of core beliefs which support and influence our class time with purpose and direction. These are as follows.

The arts are essential to a well-rounded education and a well-informed mind.

Music and Theatre are academic disciplines requiring effort, scholarship, skill development, and assessment.

An effective and challenging arts curriculum provides students with opportunities for growth. They perform and create; perceive and respond; they understand the role of the performing arts in our heritage and in other cultures; they make connections between the performing arts and other academic subjects or things.

Through Music and Theatre studies, students learn alternative forms of personal expression; they use imagination to communicate and share ideas, they use their physical bodies as a vessel for making art, they approach the challenges of artistic expression and performance with ingenuity, they develop intellectual curiosity, they perceive the world around them in ways unique to the arts, they expand their creative awareness, they sharpen problem-solving skills, they practice teamwork, they improve relationship skills, and they grow in confidence.

They learn a common language that is shared across cultures, nations, and ethnicities.

  • Music and Theatre are best taught by teaching good material. Great care is taken in the choice of repertoire.

All modalities of learning can be implemented in teaching the performing arts.

All modalities of teaching (in-person, hybrid, online) can be successfully implemented studying the performing arts.

In conclusion, our emphasis on the acquisition of knowledge and skills and dedication to life-long learning develops best in a safe, supportive, and respectful school environment which we create every day in class. Whether a student is advancing from grade to grade, or graduating from High School and entering college or the workforce, Warroad students are prepared to pursue further studies and participate in the arts at the college or community level. They are also prepared to understand the multiple ways in which the arts play a unifying role in the lives of all people and every world culture. As students learn to become adults, to live as good citizens and contribute to their communities, the arts continue to play a vital role in creating cultures, building civilizations, and linking of one group of people to another.

The arts remain a catalyst for human expression and provide balance in an increasingly technological society. We look forward to having your student join us!