Traditional disciplines, contemporary tools... creative confidence
Gaining mastery through disciplined practice
Derby students learn how to present their ideas personally, working through their initial hesitant steps to gain confidence and self-mastery in front of audiences. They experience the hard work of focused practice and rehearsals to enjoy the satisfaction of turning in a great dramatic or musical performance. In the visual arts, they discover that true artistic expression requires the disciplined development of technical skills that will help them convey their personal vision. And through applied shop arts, they gain an appreciation for planning and a sense of spatial thinking that are proven assets in math, science and technical areas of study.
Confident performance and self-expression
Through disciplined learning that leads to competence and confidence, Derby students feel the pride of accomplishment. They experience all areas of the arts at every grade level: music, drama, dance, painting, drawing, ceramics and applied arts. After-school programs enable them to further develop their performance skills with instrumental, music and movement lessons.
A community full of opportunities
From the youngest pre-kindergarten children to accomplished eighth graders, every Derby student has the opportunity to showcase his or her work on the Derby campus as well as in the greater community. Their artistic achievements are on display throughout the year in musical productions, concerts and visual arts exhibitions. Every spring, the Derby community celebrates their talent, creativity and hard work at the annual Arts Night and Arts Morning.