Music & Performing Arts

  • The Department of Applied Learning believes the Arts positively impact local communities and are critical to a complete education. Supporting young people in creative learning and artistic endeavors ensure they will be more engaged and enriched in all aspects of their lives. The presence of the arts and artists in society is a vital component of a functioning democracy.

    Within our schools, Music Education provides the tools needed so that students can not only master the art of music-making, they can also become creators of feelings and emotions.  Mastering the art of music-making also benefits physical and cognitive development.  Dexterity and coordination are necessary skills developed to perform on a musical instrument, and the act of learning and reading music develops the same skills needed to learn a foreign language and to comprehend high order academic subjects.

    Theatre is the only art form with the potential to combine all the performing arts: music, dance, and drama. Our pre-professional Theatre curriculum includes acting, directing, arts administration, technical theatre, and principles of design. Theatrical makeup, costume, lighting, and scenic design all combine script analysis, technical skills, and visual art techniques to make Theatre an all-encompassing curricular experience. Broward County Public Schools is committed to providing world-class theatre education to all students and strives to ensure access to the opportunities and cultural resources necessary for cultivating skilled creators, communicators, and collaborators through the Arts.

    With the goal of launching them into the 21st century, the SMART Bond elevated our Music & Performing Arts programs to new heights by purchasing new musical instruments across the district in addition to funding state-of-the-art sound and lighting equipment to ensure our schools are home to the most competitive music and theatre programs in the state.

All-State Music Conference 2024

  • Congratulations to the 240 Broward County Music students chosen through a statewide audition process to represent and participate in the 2024 Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA) All-State Music Conference.  Students will travel to Tampa, FL in January 2024 for three rehearsals and a performance with other student musicians from Florida schools led by conductors/clinicians from across the US.

Broward Named "Best Communities for Music Education" Four Years in a Row

  • The Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) Award is a signature program of The NAMM Foundation that recognizes and celebrates school districts and schools for their support and commitment to music education and efforts to assure access to music for all students as part of a well-rounded education.  Broward County Public Schools has received this recognition for the 2019-2020, 2020-2021, 2021-2022  & 2022-2023 school years.

    Four Years in a Row 2019-2023 Broward County Public Schools received the Best Communities for Music Education Award

  • All Broward County Honor Music Concert Series


    A series of 4 concerts, each featuring a different music component (Concert Band, Chorus, Orchestra & Jazz Band).  Each All Broward County event allows the best students from each school (Elementary, Middle, and High School) the opportunity to learn from a Guest Clinician, meet other students across Broward County, and bring their musical experience back to the music classroom.  The All Broward County Honor Music events are held in conjunction with the Superintendent’s AP Studio Art Exhibition. 


  • Music Performance Assessments


    Music Performance Assessments allows for the student, teacher and music program to be assessed on the Music Standards developed by the State of Florida using a rubric system that shows growth in Performance Fundamentals, Technical Accuracy & Musical Effect.  The assessments are done by solos, small ensembles & whole group ensembles. 

  • International Thespian Society

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    The International Thespian Society is an honor society for theatre arts students. The state of Florida is home to the largest State Thespian Festival in the world, featuring workshops and special opportunities to attendees. Thespian troupes at our schools attend District and State Competitions at both the junior and high school levels to showcase Acting, Technical Theatre, and Theatrical Design talents in Individual Events as well as in One Act Plays and Full-length Main Stage productions.

  • Upcoming Music Events

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    All-State Rehearsals & Performances - January 10 - 13, 2024

    District MS/HS Orchestra Solo & Ensemble Music Performance Assessment - January 20, 2024

    All County Honor Bands Concert - January 25, 2024

    All County Honor Orchestras Concert - February 7, 2024

    District MS/HS Chorus Solo & Ensemble Music Performance Assessment - February 9, 2024

    District HS Jazz Band Music Performance Assessment - February 15, 2024

    District HS Band Solo & Ensemble Music Performance Assessment - February 16-17, 2024

    District HS Winter Guard Solo & Ensemble Music Performance Assessment - February 17, 2024

    All County Honor Choirs Concert - February 21, 2024

    All County Honor Jazz Bands Concert - February 29, 2024

    District MS/HS Orchestra Concert Music Performance Assessment - February 29, 2024

    District MS/HS Chorus Concert Music Performance Assessment - March 6-7, 2024

    District HS Band Concert Music Performance Assessment - March 13-14, 2024

    District MS Band Concert Music Performance Assessment - March 19 -20, 2024

    Elementary Music Performance Assessment - April 23-25, 2024

    MS Jazz Band Music Performance Assessment - April 25, 2024

    MS Band Solo & Ensemble Music Performance Assessment - April 26-27, 2024

  • Upcoming Theater Events

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    November 2 - 4, 2023 - District 12 Junior Thespians - One-Act Festival

    November 6 - 7, 2023 - District 7 Thespians - One-Act Festival

    November 11, 2023 - District 12 Junior Thespians - Individual Events Competition

    December 2, 2023 - District 13 Thespians - Individual Events Competition

    December 7, 2023 - District 7 Thespians - Individual Events Competition

    December 12 & 13, 2023 - District 13 Thespians - One-Act Festival

    February 22 - 24, 2024 - State Junior Thespian Festival

    March 13 - 16, 2024 - Florida State Thespian Festival

  • Staff

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    Joe Luechauer-Curriculum Supervisor, Music & Performing Arts K-12; 754-321-1861

    Kimberly Annis-Instructional Facilitator, Music & Performing Arts K-12; 754-321-1886

Contact Information

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Music & Performing Arts Staff

  • Joseph Luechauer
    Curriculum Supervisor: Music & Performing Arts

    Kimberly Annis
    Instructional Facilitator: Music & Performing Arts

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