About Our Department
Denton ISD offers a wide range of fine arts instruction from grades K-12. The City of Denton is known throughout the state for its vibrant art and music scene and Denton ISD reflects much of that same creative expression and talent in our students and teachers. Full-time art and music specialists are on staff at each elementary campus to serve students in developing knowledge and skill in these areas. Introduction to strings begins in the 5th grade and is taught by the district's middle school and high school orchestra directors. All middle school campuses offer students an opportunity to participate in band, choir, orchestra, theatre, and visual art. At the high school level, students can further enhance their learning through special classes in band, jazz band, choir, jazz and show choir, dance, orchestra, jazz orchestra, theatre, and visual art. Advanced Placement (AP) classes are offered in art and music theory. A pilot Mariachi program has begun at Denton High School. Middle school and high school programs participate in the University Interscholastic League (UIL), as well as in district, region, area, and state levels of competition sponsored by the various disciplines.
Denton ISD has been recognized by many regional, state, and national organizations for its artistic achievements. Among the most prestigious is the district being named one of the "Best Communities for Music Education in America" by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation for the tenth consecutive year in 2016-17.
Locally, Denton ISD students have attended special age-appropriate fine arts programs offered by the University of North Texas and Texas Woman's University that are co-sponsored by the Greater Denton Arts Council and the school district. Many students also experience events at various art museums throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, and at the Bass Concert Hall in Fort Worth. In addition, students have an opportunity to travel to invitational contests and festivals held throughout the state and nation, as well as to participate in cultural exchange programs and performances on an international level.
Denton ISD ensures that fine arts plays a vital role in developing students who are prepared for the future and immersion in the arts only makes their academic experience more well-rounded. The school district and its communities believe in the importance of educating the "Whole child" through comprehensive, high-quality fine arts programs. All elementary students receive weekly instruction in art and music with approximately 88% of the secondary student population receiving training in one or more fine arts disciplines. The district's student participation in arts instruction (K-12) averages 94%. Fine arts programs in Denton ISD are fortunate to enjoy broad support from the school district, Denton arts groups, the universities, and the local communities.