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The Arts: Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Visual Arts and Music

Through the arts, you will learn to think imaginatively, identify and solve problems, empathize with others, think critically, communicate effectively and appreciate the skills and accomplishments of others. Courses in the arts provide the tools for understanding, expressing, representing, creating and communicating with others and provide learning experiences that engage your heart, mind and body.


Dance education goes beyond the study of movement to an investigation of the principals and concepts that govern and define art. As a dance student, you will find a powerful mode of learning and self-expression that does not rely on verbal communication. You will learn to make connections between your physical self and your emotions, values, thoughts and beliefs.


Drama is a unique art form and a way of teaching that can help you discover, feel and express the significance in the things that matter to you. Using the elements and forms of drama, you can demonstrate your understanding in a variety of ways, including representing, symbolizing, writing, moving and speaking. A range of theatrical conventions and techniques are covered.

Media Arts

Media arts uses emergent and established technologies to create art forms and explore contemporary issues through a number of integrated media. Media Arts is always in a state of flux due to the exciting intersection of available technologies and creative ideas.

Visual Arts

Creating art is just one part of a visual arts program. Through visual art courses you will become more visually aware and perceptive of the world around you. You will learn about the elements and principals of design and about art through the ages and from around the world.


Music courses in high school are performance-oriented and reflect the interests and needs of local communities. Courses are offered at all grade levels and you can elect to study a range of music courses, including: band, stage band, strings, vocal, jazz vocal, keyboard, and steel drum, as well as take courses in composition, music and computers, and music theatre.

The Ontario Curriculum: The Arts


For more information:

Lorraine Sutherns, Program Coordinator, The Arts 



Mary Moynihan, Program Coordinator, Music  



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