Arts Department

The arts curriculum emphasizes four central ideas: developing creativity, communicating, understanding culture, and making connections. The arts at Holy Trinity - dance, drama, music, and the visual arts - play a valuable role in the education of all students. Through the arts, students develop their creativity and learn about their identity, develop self-awareness, self-confidence, and a sense of well-being. The arts nourish the imagination and develop a sense of beauty, while providing unique ways for students to gain insights into the world around them. Students communicate their insights while developing artistic skills and aesthetic judgment. All of the arts make connections among movement, space, texture, and environment and encourage the exploration of new modes of artistic expression.

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Dance transforms images, ideas, and feelings into movement sequences. Learning in dance requires a balance of knowledge, skills, and attitudes, and embraces movement, creation, and performance. Appreciation of dance expands students’ awareness of the richness of various cultures around the world. The study and practice of composition provide students with the essential building blocks that support lifelong interest in, appreciation of, and curiosity about dance. (51)

Dramatic Arts

The skills of the 21st century are not all about technology, even though most of us are fully “wired” or “on-line”. It’s about learning to think in a new way: critically and creatively using both communication and collaboration. HT’s Drama courses promote all of these skills. Through improvisation games, play writing/directing, and performance tasks, students work together and individually to problem solve while having fun. It is a place for students to be themselves, even though they might be performing in character as someone else. HT Drama students also enjoy unique opportunities including guest teachers, class trips to theatres and speaking with professionals within the Entertainment sector, some as far as Los Angeles, California through Google Meets. The Drama space is a safe and positive space to be in.

Critical Thinking:

  • We apply close reading to the script

  • We analyze our characters and make inferences

  • We ask and answer questions based on the script


  • We interpret the script

  • We develop choices for our characters

  • We design the costumes, sets, and props based on the script


  • We construct a vision both visual and thematic

  • We offer feedback and suggestions during the rehearsal process

  • We receive and process feedback from the audience


  • We work together onstage and off

  • We develop a community

  • We problem solve

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Students will find in music a source of enjoyment and personal satisfaction and will gain creative problem-solving skills, individual and cooperative work habits, knowledge of themselves and others, a sense of personal responsibility, and connections to their communities and future careers. (101)

Visual Arts

Within the visual arts courses, visual literacy expands into a broader perception – turning seeing into vision, translating reality into symbols and connections, and enhancing all other learning experiences. Learning in, about, and through visual arts helps students use their imagination and make creative choices to communicate their ideas, observations, feelings, and values. (117)

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