When students create, perform, respond and connect to and through the arts, they develop artistic and creative habits essential to student success.
The Performing Arts offer students an exciting way to innovate and grow as citizens, artists and scholars. In addition, our vibrant after-school ensemble program keeps the learning going into beyond school hours.
Our curriculum is based upon the Massachusetts Arts Curriculum Frameworks and is informed by the National Common Core in the Arts Study Group.
We work with local and national cultural organizations to ensure our students have the best access possible to quality teaching and learning.
Our 50 member staff is committed to developing the whole child, the whole learner, the whole artist. Have questions or concerns? Please contact Lisa Leach at LeachL@worcesterschools.net
Arts Magnet Curriculum , PreK-12
Our Arts Magnet Programs at Worcester Arts Magnet School (preschool through grade 6), Burncoat Middle School (grades 7-8) and Burncoat High School (grades 9-12) provide students the opportunity to specialize in music, dance or theatre.
Worcester Arts Magnet School
You will learn music, dance and theater instruction weekly. You will participate in instrumental lessons, orchestra, band, special chorus, grade level plays, WOW assemblies, school performances and arts residencies experiences.
Burncoat Middle and High School of the Arts
At Burncoat Middle and High Schools, students choose to concentrate in visual arts, media arts, music, dance or theater.
Hanover Insurance Academy of the Arts
The Hanover Insurance Academy for the Arts is a program designed for gifted and talented students, grades 7 -12 in the City of Worcester located on the Burncoat Campus. The program supports students in developing a strong academic foundation, which will enable them to be strategic thinkers, complex problem solvers, effective communicators, creative collaborators and active contributing members in the community. Students will demonstrate mastery of concepts and content through a variety of performances and interdisciplinary projects.
Dance Magnet Program 7-12
Courses offered are Dance I, Dance II, Dance III, Dance IV and Dance Ensemble. You will study Classical Ballet, Modern Jazz, Modern Dance, Hip Hop, Dance History, Choreography and Improvisation. You will perform often, choreograph, and learn the elements of dance critique.Dance Ensemble students compete in the MIAA Dance Team competition annually. We are the current Hip Hop Dance Champions!
Music Magnet Program 7-12
Courses offered are Music Magnet 7, Music Magnet 8, Music Magnet I, Music Magnet II, Music Magnet III and Music Magnet IV. You will learn to play an instrument or sing with weekly lessons from one of our consultants. You will learn music history, music theory, ear training, sight singing, composition and improvisation. You will participate in and perform with large and small ensembles. You will also participate in artist residencies and other programs. We compete in the MMEA Central District and All-State Festival and MICCA Festivals.
Theater Magnet Program 7-12
Courses offered are Theater Magnet 7, Theater Magnet 8, Theater Magnet I, Theater Magnet II, Theater Magnet III, Theater Magnet IV and Technical Theater. You will learn how to create a believable character, analyze drama, direct a show, create and construct sets, costumes, lighting and sound plans. You will study theater history and participate in and attend several productions annually. Drama Club competes in the METG Drama Festival each spring.
Elementary Curriculum, District-wide
All elementary students receive music instruction once weekly and most elementary schools also offer weekly instrumental lessons for students in grades 3-6.
Does your school offer lessons? Strings students start at grade 3 and winds students start at grade 4.
Belmont St: winds on Wednesdays
Burncoat Prep: Fridays
Clark St.: Mondays
Chandler Magnet: winds on Tuesday
City View: winds on Mondays
Flagg St: winds on Mondays, strings on Fridays
Hiatt Magnet: winds on Monday and Wednesday
Lincoln St: Wednesdays
May St.: winds on Wednesdays
Midland St: strings on Fridays
Nelson Place: winds on Tuesdays
Rice Square: strings on Tuesday
Roosevelt: strings on Tuesday and Wednesday
Thorndyke Rd: Thursdays
Vernon Hill: strings on Monday
Wawecus Rd.: strings on Wednesday, winds on Friday
West Tatnuck: winds on Tuesday
Worcester Arts Magnet: winds on Fridays, strings TBA
Grade K Music
We will explore the concepts of beat, movement within the beat, tuneful singing and artistic expression through movement and singing. You will sing tunefully, play movement games, play unpitched percussion instruments and use body percussion (i.e. clapping, patting etc.)
Grade 1 Music
We will continue to explore concepts of beat, movement within the beat, tuneful singing and artistic expression through movement and singing. You will sing and play movement games, play unpitched percussion instruments and use body percussion (i.e. clapping, patting etc.) You will decode songs using known sol-fa syllables and read, write and decode using known rhythmic symbols.
Grade 2 Music
You will explore the concepts of improvisation and composition, continue to develop your understanding of melody and rhythm as building blocks to music and learn to identify and perform music with attention to dynamics (volume) and tempo.(speed). You will sing and play movement games and folk dances,, play unpitched percussion instruments and use body percussion (i.e. clapping, patting etc.)
Grade 3 Music
You will use your understanding of musical concepts to set goals for your own performances in and outside of the classroom. You will learn traditional notation and use it to learn short vocal and instrumental works. You will start singing independent parts in two part songs, rounds and canons.
Grade 4 Music
You will use your understanding of musical concepts to set goals for your own performances in and outside of the classroom. In addition to singing tunefully and expressively, it’s time to learn to play the recorder! We will learn about intonation and playing in an ensemble.
Grade 5 Music
We will look at the musical artifacts of the United States. We will perform, arrange and discuss the impact of those musical works in the development of our country. We will begin formal study of American folk music genres, blues, jazz, gospel, folk, patriotic music, roots music etc.
Grade 6 Music
We will study the musical artifacts of many world cultures. We will perform, arrange and discuss the impact of those musical works and how they help us understand the world and its’ peoples. We will begin formal study of World Music and Classical music.
Middle School Curriculum, District-wide
Middle School Music
You will learn about harmony and playing in an ensemble. You will learn to play the ukulele and other instruments as well as songwriting and music production basics.
Middle School Concert Band
You will learn to play a band instrument from the beginner to the intermediate level focusing on instrumental technique, performance practice and musical literacy.
Middle School Chorus
You will develop musical and vocal skills in artistic choral and solo singing through the study of classical, folk and jazz repertoire. Beyond school time performances are required.
Middle School Theater
You will explore the formal theatrical structure, creativity and improvisation, and the representation and motivations of people in time, place and space.
High School Curriculum, District-wide
Each high school offers its’ own music, dance or theater electives, including Advanced Placement (AP) music theory, music theory, chorus, piano, band, jazz band, orchestra, Hip Hop dance, songwriting, theater, guitar, dance for fitness and many other ensembles. Please see individual schools for details. Most schools offer the following:
You will learn about major periods and styles of classical, popular, and world music; review music literacy concepts; and explore music analysis.
Chorus/Vocal Training I
You will develop as a singer, learn choral repertoire and choral music reading skills through rehearsals and both day and evening performances.
Chorus/Vocal Training II
You will continue to develop musical and vocal skills in artistic choral and solo singing through the study of classical, folk,world, contemporary and jazz repertoire. Beyond school time performances are required.
Chorus/Vocal Training III
You will deepen your understanding of musical and vocal skills in artistic choral and solo singing through the study of classical, folk, world, contemporary and jazz repertoire. You will also learn conducting and how to lead a sectional, rehearsal or warm-ups.
Beyond school time performances are required.
Chorus/Vocal Training IV
You will expand their understanding of musical and vocal skills in artistic choral and solo singing through the study of classical, folk, world, contemporary and jazz repertoire. You will also learn conducting and how to lead a sectional, rehearsal or warm-ups.
Beyond school time performances are required.
You will study standard high school repertoire and develop technique, intonation, tone production, balanced ensemble skills, music reading and musical terminology. Students are required to perform in several evening concerts. Daily practice is expected and private instruction is recommended.
You will develop instrumental technique; intonation; balanced ensemble and musical literacy skills. Student will participate in multiple out of school time performances.
You will develop instrumental technique; intonation; solo and small skills; and music literacy skills. Students will participate in multiple out of school time performances.
You will develop conducting skills; instrumental technique; intonation; and music analysis. Students will participate in multiple out of school time performances.
Introduction to Theater
Introduction to Theater introduces students to the Basics of Acting, Playwriting and Design.
Students study standard repertoire from Mozart to Shostakovich. Each student will be assigned repertoire designed to stretch their musical skills and artistic expression. Recital performance is required.