Visual and Performing Arts
The Visual and Performing Arts Program includes Basic and Advanced Art, Ceramics, dramatic and musical theater productions, Men's and Mixed Chorus, Symphonic Band, Orchestra and Jazz Band, as well as general music classes Guitar and Percussion.
The arts are an essential component of the curriculum at Serra. We understand that the arts play a unique role in the communication of ideas and emotions of the human spirt. The arts can nuture a student's spiritual, moral, psychological and social growth. Education in the arts also benefits society, as students develop the necessary tools for:
• understanding human experiences, both past and present;
• learning to respect others ways of thinking, working and expressing themselves;
• learning artistic modes of problem solving, which bring an array of expressive, analytical, and developmental tools to every human situation;
• understanding the influences of the arts; for example, in their power to create and reflect cultures, in the impact of design on virtually all we use in daily life, and in the interdependence of work in the arts with the broader worlds of ideas and action;
• analyzing nonverbal communication and making informed judgments about cultural products and issues; and communicating their thoughts and feelings in a variety of modes, giving them a vastly more powerful repertoire of self-expression.
As a Catholic school, we are afforded uncommon settings for the exploration of the arts. Putting the study of the arts into a faith context is not only desirable, it is a natural outgrowth of the essence of both areas of our curriculum. Just as the teachings and philosophies of Christianity help students find a psychological and ethical center in their lives, arts education acts as an elusive but influential force in the decision making process, a force that is felt long after active participation in the arts has ceased.