Fine & Performing Arts
|Carolyn Cardella||Performing Arts Coordinator|
|Michael Carotenuto||General Music, Chorus|
Our music/performing arts programs are highly regarded as among the finest in the region! All of our music programs are taught by well-qualified, music-certified specialists. Students in all grades K-6, participate in music on a weekly basis, while grades 7-12 may select from a variety of music electives and activities . Our band, choral and string programs remain active throughout the school year, offering many opportunities for students to perform and compete. Our band program includes students from grades 5 through 12; the choral program is offered to students from grades 3 through 12; and the string program includes grades 4 through 12.
High school band students may participate in the marching band, concert band and jazz band. Our high school choral program consists of chorus, show choir and an a cappella vocal ensemble. The high school also offers string orchestra and string chamber ensembles. Typically on a biennial basis, the marching band, show choir, select chorus and string orchestra traveled to Disney World in Florida or New York City to participate in music festivals/competitions - consistently scoring silver and gold medal ratings. All the high school ensembles perform frequently throughout the year at school and at various venues and competitions both locally and throughout the state.
The high school performing arts department also produces a full length, fully staged “Broadway” musical each spring as well as a drama production in the fall/winter. Students who participate in these productions experience state-of-the-art theater technology in our beautiful Performing Arts Center.
Additional electives at the high school level include music appreciation, music theory and music technology.
Richardson Middle School students may participate in band, jazz band, chorus and orchestra during the school day. General Music is offered weekly in grade 6. Our middle school students also have the opportunity to perform in a fully staged musical each spring.
Students in grades 7-12 are eligible to audition for participation in the Northeast District Junior and Senior Music Festivals. Senior High students are also eligible to participate in the ALL-STATE Music Festival, if successfully recommended at their District auditions.
Lessons are offered in grades 5 and 6 for band instruments and in grades 4 through 6 for string instruments once a week in small group settings. The All Town Grade 5 Band and Orchestra meet once per week after school.
At the elementary level general music classes occur weekly with a certified music teacher. The choral program for the elementary students in grades 3 through 5 is scheduled after school.
At Dracut Public Schools we take great pride in the accomplishments of our art students. Our art teachers are certified in art education and are highly capable artists. Their skill and creativity has inspired many of our art students to major in art in college and proceed to enjoy outstanding careers in the art field.
In high school we offer various levels of art from Introductory classes to advanced. Dracut students have received much recognition for their work over the years, including the Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards and the Fire Safety Prevention Poster Contest. Our art students consistently earned high praise at local and state-wide exhibits and festivals.
At the Richardson Middle School, students in grade 8 receive art instruction, four times per week for an entire semester. Grade 6 students receive instruction once per week all year. Students explore different art media and demonstrate their skill through creative projects.
At the elementary level, students in Kindergarten through grade 5 receive art instruction once every week with a certified art teacher. This is the first formal introduction to art for most elementary age students. Our students experience a variety of wet and dry media through art elements-based tasks while building confidence, art vocabulary, and fine motor skills.