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Overview

Cannon arts develop abstract thinking and problem-solving skills, ignite creativity and passion, and cultivate an appreciation of the arts and their influence on the world.

Students in Junior Kindergarten through fourth grade receive extensive art and music instruction by full-time instructors in large, light-filled studios.  Beginning in fifth grade and continuing through twelfth grade, students have the following fine arts options:
  • Ten instrumental ensembles
  • Four choral ensembles
  • Three theater courses
  • Fourteen visual arts courses
  • Four dance courses
Cannon student artists have received regional and state awards for visual arts and superior ratings in band, choral, and orchestral competitions. Cannon’s drama department was one of 40 high school drama programs in the nation to perform at the renowned Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Lower School

Students participate in weekly classes in music and visual art.  Specially trained teachers utilize a fully equipped music suite and a light-filled art studio to expose students to many forms of artistic expression.  In addition, students have the option of taking private lessons in piano, strings, theater and dance.

Middle School

The Middle School arts program begins in fifth and sixth grade with optional daily classes in chorus, strings or band, as well as weekly visual art classes. In the seventh grade, daily instruction in drama, dance and visual art is added to the fine arts mix. In addition, all Middle School students may choose a weekly exploratory class in strings, jazz, chorus, dance or visual art. Students also have the option of taking private lessons in piano, voice, woodwinds, brass, percussion, strings, theater and dance.

Upper School

Fine arts are considered an integral part of a Cannon School education.  Upper School students are required to take one year-long arts course to fulfill graduation requirements. However, students are encouraged to take as many fine arts electives as ability, interest and academic load will allow.

Upper School students have a wide selection of courses from which to choose, including wind ensemble, jazz ensemble, chorus, music theory, theater production, advanced acting, directing, playwriting and six offerings in visual art. Plus, students have the opportunity to take private lessons in dance, strings, piano, woodwinds, brass and flute.

Get Involved!

For more information on getting involved in the Arts at Cannon School, click here.
Get Involved!
For more information on getting involved in the Arts at Cannon School, click here.