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.

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.

Private Instruction

Auburn Public Schools is pleased to offer private instruction to students on all wind (band) instruments, percussion, guitar, and piano. This is the best way to increase your child's skill set on their instrument or nurture that love of music with piano and guitar lessons. We have a fantastic team of private lesson instructors who will inspire your young musician. 

Students who enroll will receive 26 (26) half-hour, weekly lessons beginning at the end of September and finishing in May. All lessons are held at Auburn High School after school hours with the exact day and time arranged between the student and the teacher. The cost for a full year of lessons is $650, which is paid through the district UniPay portal. 

A note on the price- $25 per lesson is an INCREDIBLE deal. Other school districts and area music schools charge upwards of $35-40 per lesson. Here in Auburn, we want to make sure every student who wishes to study privately has the opportunity to do so. Please reach out to Virginia Bailey, Fine Arts Coordinator if you have any questions.

2023-2024 Lesson Sign-Up Form