Artistic Beginnings – Fine Arts in the Elementary Schools
Elementary school students in Magnolia ISD receive art instruction once a week beginning in Kindergarten. The K-5 program develops students’ visual literacy skills by using creativity to extend their imagination to create original works of art. Student artwork is displayed at several campus and district events throughout the year, such as the Rodeo Art Show and the District Art Show. These shows are designed to showcase students’ classroom learning and celebrate students’ creativity.
Elementary school students in Magnolia ISD receive music instruction beginning in Kindergarten once a week from a certified music teacher. The K-5 music program is designed to teach methods while instilling a lifelong love of music in our students. Our students are challenged to express their own creativity and master music skills through a variety of styles and cross-curricular experiences. Although performance is not the main focus of elementary music education in Magnolia, our students are afforded many opportunities to perform including grade–level programs, choir performances, and elementary choral festivals.
Narrowing the Focus – Fine Arts in the Sixth Grade and Junior High Schools
The art program offers a comprehensive art education that provides students with many opportunities for creative expression. Students participate in an overview of historical and cultural art appreciation. The art courses encompass defining, practicing, and applying art elements and principles of design. There is an emphasis on the creative process through two-dimensional compositional drawing and painting techniques.
The junior high band programs offer comprehensive instrumental music education that provides opportunity for developing creativity, leadership, discipline, and musical skills. Elements of music history, performance, reading and writing music, and evaluation of music are included. Varying levels of instruction are offered and classes meet daily during regular school hours. Commitments outside of class will vary as students continue their journey into high school band.
The band directors work to foster a love and better understanding of music by providing students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become a well-rounded member of society. Band provides a catalyst for self-expression, greater sensitivity to others, creativity, and persistent.
The junior high choir program offers a comprehensive vocal music education that provides creative outlets for students who wish to learn to sing and move rhythmically. Elements of music history, performance, reading and writing music, and evaluation are included. Varying levels of instruction are offered. Choir classes meet daily during regular school hours. Rehearsals, competitions, and performances may be required before and after school, or evenings.
The junior high theatre arts program provides a creative outlet for students who wish to learn to act, direct, build sets, and develop confidence in creative and public speaking. Elements of theatre history, performance, reading and writing scripts, and evaluation are included. Varying levels of instruction are offered. Theatre classes meet daily during regular school hours. Rehearsals, competitions, and performances may be required before and after school or evenings.
Show Time – Fine Arts in High School
The high school art program in Magnolia ISD provides students with multiple opportunities for personalized creative expression through a variety of art experiences, techniques and media. The art teachers seek to prepare students to respond to the world around them with art, teaching them to be technically proficient through the manipulation of media. Students are encouraged to communicate their thoughts and ideas through art-making and find paths to self-discovery through art. Drawing, painting, sculpture and ceramics are just some of the projects a student can be involved in after they have successfully completed Art I. Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses are available to students who wish to be challenged a bit more. Students have many opportunities to display their artwork at campus art shows, the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Art Show, the spring District Art show and the campus senior art show.
In Magnolia ISD, high school band students learn to prepare and perform music through a variety of rehearsal and performance opportunities like marching band, concert band, jazz ensemble and small ensemble settings. Students participate in the UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest. Students develop a mindset of pursuing excellence in both individual and group endeavors in a safe, healthy and positive environment. The students’ immersion in the discipline of music and music practice provides a catalyst for self-expression, greater sensitivity to others, creativity, persistence, and allows the student to experience the satisfaction of both the process of music making and the final product. Non-instrumental students may also be part of the marching band through participation in our Color Guard or Winter Guard programs.
The Choir and Vocal Ensemble classes in Magnolia ISD provide students with the opportunity to work on a variety of musical performing styles and techniques, and to improve self-expression through vocal performance activities. Course work emphasizes ensemble singing, music theory, listening, and performance. Classes may be composed of all males or females, or may be mixed according to the number and distribution of voices. Choral groups participate in UIL and TMEA competitions, and perform at campus and local events.
Dance classes in Magnolia ISD provide students of all levels of experience with the opportunity to explore some of the basic movement fundamentals: world dance, modern, and choreography. Students learn dance technique and kinesthetic awareness, movement vocabulary, choreography, creative expression, musicality, and dance history. Students are able to participate in several dance competitions. Some students also serve as members of the drill team during football season. Membership in the dance team is a full year commitment that includes performances at multiple competitions within the district and surrounding communities.
The award-winning theatre arts program in Magnolia ISD provides opportunities for students to develop their creative talents in performance and technical theatre. Classroom training and campus theatrical productions allow students to explore and create through the development of acting skills, physical movement, use of make-up, costuming, lighting, sound, set design, and construction.