Exploring the Arts
Opportunities for middle and high school students to participate in the arts continue to grow with 86 percent of middle school students participating in fine arts courses during the school year and 41 percent of high school students participating in fine art classes. The district’s strings programs have been recognized as among the fastest growing in the United States.
Middle school students can choose to continue their explorations in music through a variety of general music opportunities, or they can begin an intensive study in music through a variety of course offerings including band, orchestra and choir. Band and orchestra programs begin in sixth grade with no instrumental training needed to participate. The courses offered vary by school.
High school courses offer a wide variety of skill-based courses in band, orchestra and choir. Students can find a home in award-winning music ensembles both during the 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 guitar, piano, music theory and AP music theory depending on the school.
Visual Art is available generally as a nine-week course in sixth through eighth grade, though some schools will offer more intensive studies through semester or year-long programs. Some middle school programs will allow students to enter directly in the Visual Art II program at the high school level. Contact the high school art teacher for specific information.
High school art courses begin with Visual Art I, a general overview of studio production. Students can then select to focus on two-dimensional art (drawing, painting, printmaking, etc.) or three-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 sixth through eighth grade, though some schools will offer more intensive studies through semester or year-long programs. 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 onstage, directing, ply study and theatre history. The high schools and middle schools put on multiple plays and musicals throughout the year, many of which are open audition for the entire school.
Fine Arts Events in WCS
Williamson County Honors Series
The Williamson County Honors Series features top-performing students from both Williamson County Schools and Franklin Special School District in band, orchestra and choir. Students spend one to two days with a guest clinician, learning high-level music to perform at a free concert for the community. These events give students the opportunity to connect with top-performing conductors, opening opportunities and doors for students and showcasing the talent and musical ability in the district. Past clinicians have included university conductors and conductors from prestigious professional and community ensembles including the Nashville Symphony.
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 WCS, featuring more than 400 pieces of artwork from around the county.
Annual Fine Arts Festival
The Annual Fine Arts Festival is a showcase of the fine arts in Williamson County Schools and Franklin Special School District. The showcase serves to promote community support and awareness of the impact of arts education in public school. The event features thousands of students in kindergarten through twelfth grade in visual art, theatre, dance and music. Packed with performances, art displays, kid-friendly activities and a featured headliner performing with our students, this event is sure to please.