Music & Performing Arts

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  • 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.

Broward Named "Best Communities for Music Education" Three 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 school years.

    2022 Best Communities for Music Education Recognition2021 Best Communities for Music Education  2020 Best Communities for Music Education

  • All Broward County 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 Music events are held in conjunction with 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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    November 29, 2022 - All Broward County Orchestra Auditions (Middle & High School)

    November 30, 2022 - All Broward County Middle School Band Auditions

    December 7, 2022 - All Broward County High School Band Auditions

    January 11-14, 2023 - All-State Ensembles Rehearsals & Concerts

    January 19, 2023 - All Broward County High School & Middle School Jazz Band Auditions

  • Upcoming Theater Events

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    November 5, 2022 - District 12 Junior Thespians - Individual Events

    November 11, 2022 - District 3 Junior Thespians - Individual Events

    November 14 & 15, 2022 - District 7 Thespians - One-Act Competition

    December 10, 2022 - District 7 Thespians - Individual Events

    December 10, 2022 - District 13 Thespians - Individual Events

    December 13 & 14, 2022 - District 13 Thespians - One-Act Competition

    January 12 - 14, 2023 - State Junior Thespian Festival

    March 14 - 18, 2023 - 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

  • Applied Learning

    600 SE Third Avenue

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301

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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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