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.

For More Information

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, Upper School Sculpture, Yearbook Advisor, Journalism

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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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Resources

NEWS

USJ Theatre Students Win Orpheum High School Musical Awards

05/25/2018

USJ was nominated in eight different categories for The Orpheum’s ninth annual High School Musical Theatre Awards. This award ceremony included 29 schools across West Tennessee and Mississippi. USJ took home the Outstanding Artistic Achievement award for the “rain on stage” in the school’s production...

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NEWS

Kevin Cheng Plays at Carnegie Hall

02/28/2018

Sophomore Kevin Cheng had the opportunity to showcase his talents by playing in the 2018 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall in New York City, February 1 -5. Kevin is an accomplished violinist who has been playing since the age of nine. During the High School Performance Series, selected musicians...

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NEWS

Bank of Jackson Art Show

01/31/2018

Congratulations to the following Middle School students for having artwork selected for the Bank of Jackson Art Show. Pictured from left to right: 6th graders, Eady Davenport and Madeline Craig; 7th graders, Sophia Karg and Cassidy Bruno; and 8th graders, Carly Ingram and Ani Garabedian.

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