Fine & Performing Arts

Visual Arts

Elementary students receive visual art instruction at least one day per week, from visual art specialists who are assigned to each school. The instruction is conducted in designated art classrooms. Each student receives 30 - 60 minutes of art instruction per week.  The visual art instruction is focused on providing students with experiences in a variety of visual art media and techniques while developing artistic skills. Students are also given learning experiences which are designed to increase their knowledge of art history and to develop art appreciation. 

Middle school students have the opportunity to take visual art in 6th, 7th and/or 8th grade.  Fine Arts classes are offered on a rotating basis during elective class times, and may vary from school to school. 

High school students have the opportunity to select from many visual art electives from Art 1, Design and Photo 1, Utilitarian Arts, all the way up to AP Studio Art and AP Art History.  Students receiving a score of 3 or higher may earn college credit for AP courses (some exceptions may apply). 

All Visual Art instruction follows the Maryland State Curriculum Standards.  Those standards can be found here: 

Prek-8th grade
9-12 grade Essential Learner Outcomes 

Each spring, Worcester County Public Schools hosts a county-wide Fine Arts Festival where artwork from grades Prek-12 is displayed.  County-wide musical ensembles are also highlighted.

For questions regarding Visual Art curriculum, please contact Tamara Mills by emailing tjmills@mail.worcester.k12.md.us.

Music Programs

Music instruction in the elementary schools is conducted by music specialists who are assigned to each school. Each school offers general and vocal music. Some schools offer instrumental music as early as 5th grade. Each student receives approximately 45 - 90 minutes of music instruction per week. During this instruction, students are taught fundamentals of music through a sequential curriculum, which develops skills and knowledge in music performance, appreciation and history. The scheduling of choral groups is planned by the individual schools.Middle school students have the opportunity to take band, chorus, musical drama, general music and/or orchestra in 6th, 7th and/or 8th grade. Fine Arts classes are offered on a rotating basis during elective class times, and may vary from school to school.Middle school students participate in local, regional and if possible, state music adjudications.High school students have the opportunity to select from multiple music electives from Band, Concert Choir, Show Choir, to Orchestra, all the way up to Advanced Musicianship. High school students participate in local, regional and if possible, state music adjudications.

All Music instruction follows the Maryland State Curriculum Standards. Those standards can be found here:

Prek-8th grade
9-12 grade Essential Learner Outcomes

Each spring, Worcester County Public Schools hosts a county-wide Fine Arts Festival where musical ensembles perform.  All-county Band, Chorus, and Orchestra performs, in addition to elementary and middle school groups.  There is also a Visual Art Gallery to accompany the music.  

For questions regarding Music curriculum, please contact Tamara Mills by emailing tjmills@mail.worcester.k12.md.us.

Theatre Programs

Theatre courses in Worcester County allow students to fully realize how theatrical activity can entertain, instruct, and interpret human experience and evoke a personal aesthetic experience. The theatre program offers opportunities to experience and appreciate dramatic literature and participate in the creative process through performance and production, cultural context and theatrical history, judgment and criticism, and aesthetics. Students will study and respond to a variety of theatrical experiences that will refine their communicative, collaborative, analytical, interpretive, and problem-solving skills. The theatrical experience emphasizes skill development and provides opportunities that enable students to determine areas of personal interest.

Depending upon your student's high school, theatre experiences may be offered within the fine arts curriculum, as a fine arts elective, or may be offered through the school's English department.

Several intermediate/middle schools also have musical theatre or drama courses offered during their special areas/electives time. These courses can be found within the music programs and offer a beginning foundation for high school theatre courses.

All Theatre instruction follows the Maryland State Curriculum Standards. Those standards can be found here:

Prek-8th grade
9-12 grade Essential Learner Outcomes

For questions regarding theatre curriculum, please contact Tamara Mills by emailing tjmills@mail.worcester.k12.md.us.