University School of Jackson

Arts

USJ’s extensive fine arts program begins in the Lower School with visual arts and music enrichment classes. Starting in Jr. Kindergarten, classes stage annual musical productions. The visual arts department challenges our students’ artistic talents and showcases them throughout our school and the community through art exhibits and competitions.

Middle School students take classes in band, vocal music, and visual arts. They also have the option to perform in up to two musicals each year and have the opportunity to perform in Upper School theatrical plays and musicals.

In the Upper School, the fine arts curriculum includes drama, band, chorus, and visual arts classes. USJ is one of a few schools in West Tennessee to offer AP Studio Art and AP Music Theory. Each year, Upper School productions include band and vocal concerts, two musical productions, two dramatic productions, and a schoolwide art exhibit and talent montage. Many efforts cross the spectrum of the arts. Band students, for example, make up much of the live orchestra for musicals, visual arts students help with sets and posters for theater productions, and choral students perform at visual arts events.

Arts at the U

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Darlene Tanner
Junior Cubs-1st Grade Art

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Kay Thomson
2nd-5th Grade Art

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Anna McPeake
Middle School Art

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Libby Lynch
Upper School Art, Department Chair

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Elizabeth Atkins
2nd-5th Grade Music, Federal Funds Coordinator

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Leslie Scott
Junior Cubs-1st Grade Music

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Erica Davidson
Upper School Theater, Lower School Spanish

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Dian Eddleman
Middle School Music, Middle and Upper School Choirs

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Tammy Grant
AP Music Theory, Musical Theater Director, 9th Grade Choir

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Tom Grant
MS/US Band, Music Department Chair

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NEWS

Choral Students Selected to UT Martin Honor Choir

01/17/2020

Nineteen of our Upper School Concert Choir students were selected to participate in the University of Tennessee at Martin's annual Honor Choir held January 16 and 17. Students spent Thursday and Friday working with faculty and guest conductors in preparation for their performance with the Jackson Symphony in May. The following...

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Students to Perform in the All-National Honor Ensembles

11/07/2019

Four University School of Jackson students have been recognized as the “best of the best” nationally by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).   USJ students, Meg Miller (’21), Keaton Miller (’20), Ethan Schlegel (’20), and Lily Richardson (’20) will join 236 vocalists from around the United States...

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Color of Music Winners

03/11/2019

USJ students in Mrs. Tanner and Mrs. McPeake's art classes recently participated in the Color of Music contest sponsored by the Jackson Symphony. They listened to the selections and created artwork based on their interpretations of the music.  Congratulations to these lower and middle school art students for...

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USJ Students Choir Students Selected to Showcase Their Talents as Part of the All National Honor Choir

10/05/2018

During the 2017-18 school year, talented music students across the United States and overseas in military base schools practiced diligently to gain a chair or part in their local, district, and state music honor ensembles. And of those most elite high school musicians who were accepted to their district or...

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