Strong arts build well-rounded, strong schools and strong schools build cultured, educated and strong communities.

Every student in K-5 receives music classes from a certified music specialist during their “specials” rotation. The goal in elementary music is to foster a love and interest in music. Students explore music from around the world and many time periods while developing listening and performance skills.

Middle school students can begin an intensive study in music through a variety of course offerings including band, strings and choir.* Band and strings programs begin in sixth grade with no instrumental training needed to participate.

High school courses offer a wide variety of skill-based courses in band, orchestra and choir. Students can find a home in award winning WCS music ensembles both during the school day and after school whether they intend to pursue music as a career or simply enjoy performing with an ensemble. WCS also offers courses in music history and AP music theory.*

* Specific courses vary by school.

Every student in K-5 receives visual art classes from a certified visual art specialist during their “specials” rotation. The goal in elementary visual is to foster a love and interest in visual art. Students explore art and art-making from many cultures, time periods and media, developing a sense of self-esteem through the learning the creative process of making art.

Visual art is available as a nine-week course in 6th-8th grade. High school art course begin with Visual Art I, a general overview of studio production. Students can then select to focus on 2-dimensional art (drawing, painting, printmaking, etc.) or 3-dimensional art (sculpture and ceramics). WCS offers advanced placement courses in both studio art and art history.

Theatre courses begin as a nine-week course in 6th-8th grade. High school theatre courses range from Theatre I-IV as well as Theatre Productions. Theatre classes help develop student self-esteem and self-awareness. Students build confidence and collaborative skills through participating in acting on stage, directing, play study and theatre history. The high schools and most middle schools put on a straight play and a musical annually that are open audition for the entire school.
Melissa Dufrechou
Fine Arts, Curriculum
K-12 Fine Arts Curriculum Specialist
1320 W. Main Street, Suite 202
Franklin, TN 37064

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WCS Fine Arts Festival

Saturday, March 4, 2017
10 am to 5 pm
The Factory at Franklin
Community Art Project at Third Coast Clay in the Factory
Special Art Show Preview on Friday, March 3 from 6 pm to 9 pm

The Williamson County Schools Fine Arts Festival was established in 2014. The festival features visual art, music and theatre from elementary through high school age children. Performances range from elementary choir and instrumental ensembles to musical theatre, jazz bands, show choirs and much more.

The Fine Arts Festival is a stage for the achievements of WCS students and teachers and serves as a spotlight on the value of arts education in Williamson County Schools.

Featuring Special Guest Tracy Silverman with the Centennial High School Guitar Ensemble at 4:30 on the Liberty Hall Main Stage.

Schedule of Events

Liberty Hall

9:45 am: Poplar Grove Middle Choir
10:00 am: Summit High Jazz Band
10:20 am: Clovercroft Elementary “Colts Chorale”
10:35 am: Hillsboro School Jazz Band
11:05 am: Woodland Middle Musical Theatre: Beauty and the Beast
11:20 am: Woodland Middle Choir
11:40 am: Ravenwood High Varsity Orchestra
12:10 pm: Fairview Elementary Choir and “Rockin’ Hawks”
12:45 pm: Woodland Middle Orchestra
1:15 pm: Edmondson Elementary Choir
1:30 pm: Independence High Orchestra
1:50 pm: Poplar Grove Middle Percussion Ensemble
2:00 pm: College Grove Elementary Choir
2:15 pm: Page High Brass Choir
2:30 pm: Mill Creek Middle Choir
2:45 pm: Grassland Middle Orchestra
3:15 pm: Hunters Bend, Grassland and Walnut Grove Elementary Schools Combined Choir
3:45 pm: Centennial High Orchestra
4:00 pm: Allendale, Bethesda, Chapman’s Retreat, and Heritage Elementary Combined Choir

Little Brick Theatre

10:00 am: Centennial High Musical Theatre: Guys and Dolls
10:15 am: Centennial High Chamber Choir
10:30 am: Independence High: Cinderella
10:50 am: Page Middle Choir
11:15 am: Ravenwood High Musical Theatre: Once Upon a Mattress
11:35 am: Longview Elementary Recorder and Ukulele Ensemble
11:55 am: Renaissance High “Aca’scuse Me!”
12:15 pm: Sunset Middle Chamber Orchestras
12:40 pm: Brentwood High Brass Ensemble
1:10 pm: Freedom Middle Choir
1:25 pm: Freedom Middle Musical Theatre: Oklahoma
1:40 pm: Grassland Elementary Ukulele Ensemble
1:55 pm: Woodland Middle Brass Septet
2:25 pm: Ravenwood High Clarinet Quartet
2:55 pm: Crockett Elementary Choir
3:15 pm: Ravenwood High Brass Quintet
3:45 pm: Heritage Middle “Vox Aurea”
4:15 pm: Nolensville Elementary Choir
4:30 pm: Franklin High Musical Theatre: Footloose

Fine Arts Events in WCS

WCS Art Show at the Frist

The Williamson County Schools Art Show at the Frist is an annual event hosted by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. Students from every grade level in every school are selected by their schools to have their artwork displayed at the Frist Center for two weeks. This event is the largest art exhibit for Williamson County Schools, featuring over 400 pieces of artwork from around the county.

For more information and to visit the online gallery, visit the WCS Art Show website.

Williamson County Honor Series

The Williamson County Honors Series featured top performing students from both Williamson County Schools and Franklin Special Schools in band, orchestra and choir. Students spent one to two days with a guest clinician to perform a free concert for the community. This event gave students the opportunity to connect with top performing conductors, opening opportunities and doors for students and showcasing the talent and musical ability of our students. Clinicians included university conductors and conductors of prestigious professional and community ensembles including the Nashville Symphony.

If you would like to donate to the Williamson County Schools Fine Arts programs, please make a contribution through our online payments site.

WCS Fine Arts Contribution