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Art & Music Appreciation

SHCS believes in Arts Education.  Exposing children to music and art during early development helps them learn sounds and meanings of words. It also helps develop their creative thinking, problem-solving, self-expression, and self-esteem.  This development continues into older children and adults.  Furthermore, an education in the fine arts helps students to see what they look at, hear what they listen to, and feel what they touch. It helps students to stretch their minds beyond the boundaries of textbooks or curriculum rules.

Music Classes with Mrs. Thomas
Our students are involved in arts education in all grades.  Mrs. Jana Thomas leads our music classes in JK - 5th grades and Mrs. Flora Lester leads our middle school choir.  Art classes are lead by Mr. Erich Epps in 5th-8th grades and by Mrs. Beth Goodman in JK-4th grades.  Mr. Reid Leonard leads middle school flex classes in Dramatic Performance and will direct the Annual SHCS Spring Musical this spring. 
In our music classes, students learn:
Kindergarten - 2nd grade students:
  • The foundation of beats and simple rhythms
  • To match vocal pitch
  • Christmas songs & Easter songs
3rd - 5th grades students:
  • To recognize notes by sight and by sound                                
  • To play the recorder                                                    
  • Christmas songs and & Easter songs  
  • Basic Theater & Drama Production
6th - 8th grade students:                                                               
  • To read notes
  • To differentiate many types of music genres
  • To compose a simple melody
  • The foundation of music history
  • Basic Theater & Song Performance
O Antiphons Program
In our art classes, students learn:
Kindergarten - 2nd grades:
  • Multimedia art forms including pencil and erasers as tools and paint as mass
  • To experiment with lines, shapes, forms, and texture 


Monster Shape Art

3rd - 5th grades:
  • The difference between warm and cool colors
  • To blend with pencil, charcoal, colored pencils, and paint
  • The basics of art composition and special perspective
6th - 8th grades:
  • Print making and the reversal process 
  • How to use acrylics in color mixing
  • Basic color theory and design concepts
Mr. Epps and 6th grade ARt
Our students have opportunities to participate in many different art competitions and shows throughout the school year such as Rowan Public Library's Annual Bookmark Contest, the Waterworks' School Art Show and the Rowan County Art Show.
Our students also have opportunities to be a part of our parish choirs, handbell choirs, Christmas programs and our Annual Spring Musical which will be performed at Catawba College this May 2022.  Our past performances have included Annie, The Wizard of Oz, Dear Edwina, Seussical the Musical, The Little Mermaid and Alice in Wonderland. This spring, we look forward to 101 Dalmatians.