Fine Arts

Fine Arts Department Mission Statement

The Fine Arts are and essential part of every child's education in the Auburn Public Schools.  The Arts enables the senses to explore, develop and become whole and well rounded individuals.

The Fine Arts encourage analytical thinking skills, fine and gross motor skills, self discipline, problem solving skills, team work as well as individuality, cross curricular exploration and social skills.


APS will be offering lessons this year for Grades 3 to 12 in the following categories:

- Strings: violin, viola, cello

- Voice (preferably for ages 12 and up)

- Piano

- Woodwinds: clarinet, saxophone, flute

- Brass: trumpet, trombone, French horn

- Percussion: beginning percussion, drum kit, standard percussion

If your student is interested in participating, please fill out the following form:

2021-2022 Instrumental Lessons (Band) Sign Up

All lesson payments may be made through our online payment system:  UniPay - Virtual Instrumental Lessons

Please look for "Fine Arts" and select "Private Lessons".

If you have any questions regarding the program, please email the Fine Arts Department Co-Directors:

Ginny Bailey,

Maria Garrow,


Department Co-Chairs: Virginia Bailey & Maria Garrow

Pakachoag Elementary School:  Jenna Bailey, Visual Art: Maria Garrow, Music

Bryn Mawr Elementary School: Jenna Bailey, Visual Art: Maria Garrow, Music

Swanson Road Intermediate School: Gayla Bieksha, Visual Art: Kristina Caruso, General Music/Strings: Alex Morrow, General Music/Band

Auburn Middle School:  Michele Starbard, Visual Art: Collin Myers, Instrumental Music: Juli Duchesneau, Vocal Music

Auburn High School:   Margaret Duffy, Visual Art: Ginny Bailey, Instrumental Music: George Eisenhauer, Vocal Music

The Fine Arts Curriculum shall be:

1.  Conceptually Based
2.  Sequential and Cumulative
3.  Interdisciplinary

Program Description


Grade K-5 receive Music instruction twice during a 6-day rotating schedule. Students at Swanson Road in Grades 3-5 may choose to participate in our Strings Program which meets at various times prior to the start of the school day. Grade 5 students also have the option to participate in Concert Band.Auburn Middle School offers Band and Chorus as Electives as well as an auditioned Honors Choir and Jazz Band.  Music electives at Auburn High School meet daily during each trimester and are as follows:  Chorus, Band, Jazz Band, Music Theory, History of Rock, Beginning Guitar, Beginning Keyboard and AP Music Theory.


K-5 Students receive Art once in a 6-day rotation for 45 minutes. Art instruction includes both the exploration of art but also entails students developing fine and gross motor skills. At Auburn Middle School,  Art is taught as an elective.  Art electives at the High School  meet daily during each trimester and are as follows: Studio Art, Ceramics, Painting, Drawing, Introduction to Art and AP Studio Art.