Arts

Cirrus Academy students will explore seven creative and performing arts classes in addition to their required academic courses.

K-8th Grade

Instrumental major: Strings instruction is offered for students in grades K-5. After grade 5, instrumental majors may continue to develop their violin skills or choose to learn the viola, cello, or double bass. Instrumental majors play an integral role in school performances and attend various outreach programs during the school year.

Dance: All K-5 students will study ballet and modern dance, learning how to use movement as a means of expression. Our dance training allows students to appreciate the discipline and beauty of dance. Our dance classes reinforce content learned in academic courses and forge skills the students will need as productive and well educated members of a global society.

Vocal major: Cirrus Academy students attend vocal music classes regularly. By the end of 2nd grade, they become musically literate—familiar with music of other cultures and able to write and create short rhythms and melodies.

Visual arts: Students are exposed to visual arts both in their classrooms and with a specialist. Their creations enhance their daily lessons.

Foreign language skills program: We begin our foreign language skills program in kindergarten, which naturally leads to greater success in foreign language study in high school and college. Students will study French and Mandarin Chinese.

High School

Cirrus Academy’s high school curriculum is organized into seven majors. Students learn each major through four components: aesthetic perspectives, creative expression, culture and history, and analysis and criticism.

While students select one major on which to focus, they are encouraged to explore multiple areas of the arts. All majors emphasize performance, presentation, and exhibition. Literacy, technology, and science are stressed across the curriculum. In addition, students explore the cultural influences within the arts and sciences and their impact on history.

Instrumental music major: Students focus on developing their understanding of musical concepts that will serve as the foundation for their future development and aesthetic judgement. They apply knowledge of the elements of style, form, and cultural heritage in order to listen to, perform, create, and defend their musical choices.

Vocal music major: In the vocal music major, students develop their understanding of musical concepts, focusing on their special interests in social, ethnic, and cultural influences on music. As students learn about individuals who contributed to an area or time period of music, they form personal preferences of musical performances from all periods. In both musical majors, students explore career possibilities in music education, music composition, the music business, and music therapy.

Dance major: Students taking dance classes develop an awareness of the body as an instrument of expression. They refine their skills in dance technique and choreography and increase their ability to move creatively and spontaneously. Exposure to great works of art allows students to analyze the special characteristics of noted performers, choreographers, critics, and impresarios, as well as understand how these individuals have shaped the history of dance.

Theater major: Theater majors learn to create, perform, analyze, and critique dramatic performances. In addition, students participate in theater, film, television, and electronic media productions.


Music major:
Students involved in the music major develop an understanding of music composition, theory, and production. As students refine their technique, they increase their ability to identify components of musical sound, which enhances their capacities for composing and performing.

Digital design & communication arts major: Students incorporate the use of visual arts and creative writing to communicate ideas, translate concepts into tangible images, capture people’s interests, inform, and entertain. Students will learn to clearly communicate visual information across a variety of platforms using digital media and production in the constantly evolving world of art and design. The curriculum is designed to build technical skills, hone aesthetic sensibilities, and teach creative problem-solving.