Rockwall ISD provides a high quality fine arts education that is designed to support academic, social, emotional, and creative development. This goal is achieved through a comprehensive performing and visual arts curriculum that provides a wide range of learning experiences and performance opportunities.
Fine arts education in Rockwall ISD begins in Kindergarten and continues through the high school years. In each K-6 elementary school, certified, degreed art and music specialists teach students. In the sixth grade, students choose from band, orchestra, choir, or visual arts as their fine arts course. At the middle school (7-8), students will select band, orchestra, choir, visual arts, and/or theater as their fine arts course, and many students will have the opportunity to choose two or more fine arts courses. Fine arts course selections in high school include band, orchestra, choir, theatre, dance, visual arts, and piano lab.
Three artists from Rockwall-Heath High School recently won four Gold Medals from The TAEA State Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE). They are Emily Mastronardi, Peighton Cook, and Christy Gersch.
The WMS Symphony Orchestra performed their award winning program at the Lone Star Showcase of Music on Friday, May 5, 2017 at the Eisemann Center in Richardson.
Cain Middle School Symphonic and Honors bands receive Excellent and Superior ratings.
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Chris Kosterman is in his third year as the first-ever Fine Arts Director for Rockwall ISD. Before being named Director of Fine Arts, he served as the Director of Bands at Rockwall High School. Prior to that he served five years as the Associate Band Director at Rockwall Heath High School and five years as the Assistant Band Director at Cain Middle School. In his years at Rockwall ISD, Kosterman has taught on all five secondary campuses and five of Rockwall ISD's thirteen elementary schools, including one semester as the Music Teacher at Nebbie Williams Elementary.