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Destination Nevada County

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N e v a d a Co Nevada County A Community Commitment 86 DESTINATION Nevada County

Education is a Work of (he)Art! By Dr. Louise Johnson Here in Nevada County art is important to us. As the educators of our community we believe that student achievement is more than just our excellent test scores. One of our primary goals in the Nevada Joint Union High School District is to provide a multifaceted experience that engages and challenges each student to surpass state and local benchmarks. You see, we believe that with an approach that engages the whole student in rich academics, arts, activities and athletics the test scores will follow, and they do. From the time a child takes those first tentative steps into Kindergarten on the first day of school until the time that a young adult takes those last triumphant steps across the stage at graduation, it is our privilege and good fortune to help them along the way; to help them discover what makes each individual’s heart sing! And sing they may. They may sing in the Men’s or Women’s chorus. They could follow a path of traditional Chamber Choir, Jazz Unlimited, or the Starlight Express, our show choir. For those whose instrument is not the voice, there are our marching bands, concert bands, and jazz bands. Many students and adults in our community play side by side with accomplished adult musicians in our Nevada County Concert Band. Local non-profit groups support our students in a variety of ways as they grow in age and love of music. Every year, In Concert Sierra brings every third grade student to a carefully selected concert to introduce them to classical music. Music in the Mountains sponsors Music Live in our elementary schools which introduces students to classical music in an orchestral setting. MIM also sponsors the “Young Composer’s Program” each year. Recently, MIM partnered with another local group, Sierra Streams on a collaborative project in which students spend a year studying the life cycle of the Yuba River Salmon in the field and wrote music for the orchestra about their experiences. Magic happened on a day in June when the students first heard their own music played by a full live orchestra juxtaposed with the film of the salmon in the documentary, “River Music” that subsequently aired on PBS stations throughout the nation. Visual and Performing Arts pair with music through our award winning Theatrical Dance program where beginning students who have never danced before learn alongside of accomplished dancers. Often, students in our advanced drawing and painting classes make large works of art to display on stage and support the message of the choreographer. Students in our schools have a full menu of visual arts to choose from including drawing and painting, ceramics, photography, photojournalism. NC Arts Council has developed a vibrant Artist in the Classroom curriculum with volunteer artists for grades 3 – 5. Student produced local art is displayed annually at DESTINATION Nevada County 87