Discover Our Arts & Music Program
Research shows that student involvement in the arts is associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skills. Arts learning can also improve motivation, concentration, confidence, and teamwork. In the Maumee City Schools, visual and performing arts are alive and well.
There are very few school districts of our size that have six full-time fine arts teachers on staff. The art curriculum features standards-based lessons that offer students the opportunity to make self-guided decisions to complete projects at all grade levels. And, we believe self-expression is essential. If a lesson is designed to help children explore the use of watercolors, they will be challenged to use personal choice and vision, critical and creative thinking, authentic application, reflection and often collaboration with their peers for their understanding of the lesson.
The Department of Fine Arts at Maumee High School promotes the study and practice of art as an essential aspect of a comprehensive educational experience. We provide curricula and research opportunities that challenge students to think and communicate in innovative and interdisciplinary ways. In addition to classical media, our courses offer students an abundance of technological opportunities through our S.T.E.A.M. curriculum. Our S.T.E.A.M. curriculum focuses on the interdisciplinary subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. These courses offer students an opportunity to build individual portfolios consisting of student-based projects with a focus on individualized problem solving skills. S.T.E.A.M. courses are: Architectural Drawing A&B, Computer Graphics A&B, Digital Photography A&B, and AP Studio Art 2D Design. There are no prerequisites for these courses and they are offered to students in grades 10, 11, and 12.
Every spring, Maumee High School stages a musical that features parts for children as young as elementary school. Maumee holds open auditions, and students are invited to audition for the musical as well as the pit orchestra that plays the musical score. The high school also stages a fall play for students in grades 9 - 12. All high school shows are performed in our beautiful and state-of-the art Performing Arts Center at Maumee High School. Recent performances have included: Annie, Sound of Music, Little Women, and The Odd Couple.
Gateway Middle School has an auditorium and stages a play or musical every fall for students in grades 6 - 8. Recent performances have included: Singin’ in the Rain, High School Musical Junior and Beauty & the Beast.
MUSICAL ARTS - ORCHESTRA, BAND & CHOIR
Music education begins in kindergarten and our students attend music class at least once a week throughout the school year. Our two elementary music teachers are deeply involved with the Orff Schulwerk approach to music education. This approach enhances creativity through the integration of music, movement, speech, and drama. Students perform their music experiences for each other on a weekly basis and have the opportunity to perform in at least one public music program each year. By collaborating with local music organizations throughout the community, students are encouraged to participate in various music-oriented activities that reach beyond the school day.
Maumee offers students an opportunity to select a music elective course beginning in sixth grade. String orchestra, band, and choir are their elective choices. Participation in Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) festivals and adjudicated performances is encouraged and all groups perform throughout the school year for school and community events. As a culminating vocal experience in high school, students have the opportunity to audition for Maumee's show choir, Select Singers, and perform throughout northwest Ohio. Maumee High School also has a women's choir and a mixed choir.