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About Visual and Performing Arts


In the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District we not only believe in rigorous and engaging instruction, but educating the “whole child”as well. Visual and Performing Arts learning opens doors to new possibilities and provides students a means of understanding their world and the diverse cultural influences that surround them. Not only does interest and participation in the Arts lead to a high state of motivation, but it produces the sustained attention necessary to improve on performance in core subjects.That is why Arts Education is crucial in a child’s education and so important to us here in the Norwalk-La Mirada USD. This is also the reason that we continue to add new Arts Programs for our students. We are educating and preparing our students for the creative thinking necessary for the 21stCentury.

Along with training our elementary teachers to integrate Arts into the core curriculum, new and continuing Arts Programs at our elementary schools include: weekly music classes for all students, world drumming and percussion , beginning and intermediate string and band , guitar, Garage Band musical composition, after-school choirs, Mariachi, Piano, after-school string programs, Meet the Masters visual arts, and African Drumming and Dance.

New and continuing Arts Programs at our middle schools include: Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Instrumental Music, Orchestra, Jazz Band, Beginning and Intermediate Guitar, Choir, World Percussion and Steel Pan Band, Piano Class, Garage Band Performance and Composition, Visual Arts Classes, Media Arts, Creative Writing, Photography, Dance, and Theatre Classes.

Award-Winning Arts courses in our High Schools include: Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Drum Line, Jazz Band, Chamber Orchestra,Concert Choir, Advanced Choir, World Percussion and Steel Pans, Mariachi, AP Music Theory, AP Studio Art, Guitar, Advanced Guitar, Cartooning, Fashion Design, Culinary Arts, Video Production, Drama and Theatre Production, Dance,Modern Dance, Ceramics, Media Arts, Mixed-Media, Photography, Visual Arts, and Music and Art Technology.