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5-8 Music

The Secondary Music Education Program is a comprehensive, districtwide, nationally-recognized program consisting of over 275 professional music educators teaching over 47,000 students. Districtwide there are 3 each of Honor Orchestras, Choirs and Jazz Ensembles. There are also 6 Honor Bands and 36 full days of Music Festivals each year.

Also offered is the opportunity for students to participate in the Las Vegas Youth Orchestra Program, a year-long, 4-tiered Youth Symphony Program made available to String and Wind students after school.

The Secondary Fine Arts Department also

  • Staffs the Secondary Orchestra,Guitar, and Mariachi Programs
  • Serves as the contact department to all Secondary Music Educators, Principals, and Region Superintendents
  • Develops and revises appropriate course syllabi
  • Updates instrument bids
  • Revises equipment standards lists
  • Orders all high school band uniforms (new and replacement)
  • Facilitates seven (7) Fine Arts Task Forces

Partnership Programs include:

  • Fender
  • International House of Blues
  • Las Vegas Philharmonic
  • VH1
  • Yamaha
  • Conn-Selmer

For additional information, you may contact us directly by calling 799-8531 or via email

5-8 Theater

Theatre, the imagined and enacted world of human beings, is one of the primary ways children learn about life—about actions and consequences, about customs and beliefs, about others and themselves. They learn through their social pretend play and from hours of viewing television and film. In other words, children arrive at school with rudimentary skills as playwrights, actors, designers, directors, and audience members; theatre education should build on this solid foundation. With an emphasis on the national standards, the Clark County School District Theatre Program strives to provide students with exciting opportunities to develop their abilities to express their understanding of their immediate world and broaden their knowledge of other cultures.

5-8 Visual Arts

Students in grades 5-8 continue to need a framework that aids them in learning the characteristics of the visual arts by using a wide range of subject matter, symbols, meaningful images, and visual expressions. They grow ever more sophisticated in their need to use the visual arts to reflect their feelings and emotions and in their abilities to evaluate the merits of their efforts. These standards provide that framework in a way that promotes the students' thinking, working, communication, reasoning, and investigating skills and provides for their growing familiarity with the ideas, concepts, issues, dilemmas, and knowledge important in the visual arts. As students gain this knowledge and these skills, they gain in their ability to apply the knowledge and skills in the visual arts to their widening personal worlds.

Students will learn vocabularies and concepts associated with various types of work in the visual arts. As they develop increasing fluency in visual, oral, and written communication, they must exhibit their greater artistic competence through all of these avenues. In these grades, students' visual expressions become more individualistic and imaginative. The problem-solving activities inherent in art making help them develop cognitive, affective, and psychomotor skills. They select and transform ideas, discriminate, synthesize and appraise, and they apply these skills to their expanding knowledge of the visual arts and to their own creative work. Students understand that making and responding to works of visual art are inextricably interwoven and that perception, analysis, and critical judgment are inherent to both.

From the National Standards for Arts Education: What Every Young American Should Know and Be Able to Do in the Arts.