The University High School Performing Arts Magnet immserses students in an intensive, arts-focused curriculum. The PFA Magnet encourages creative, artistic thinking in all areas and prepares students for college auditions, should they choose to continue in that direction.
Why Performing Arts?
Music is good for your brain! The neurological benefits of arts education are well documented.
Music is good for your grades! Students in the performing arts perform higher on average on their SATs and GPAs than their peers. Arts education increases test scores across every subject area, increases graduation rates, and helps close the achievement gap, regardless of socio-economic status.
Music is good for your future! Colleges are looking for well-rounded students who not only have good grades, but are involved in activities that require commitment and dedication... like the arts!
Music is good for your soul! The performing arts are a natural form of human expression, and even were it not for all the other benefits, they would remain worthy pursuits all on their own.
Performing ensembles develop social skills and forge strong interpersonal relationships as students learn to work together selflessly to achieve a common goal.
Why University High School?
What sets University's program apart from other magnets?
Our students get to perform... a lot! The PFA curriculum at University includes more ensembles than comparable programs. Each student in our magnet takes two full-time performing ensembles during school, in addition to a full-time course progression in music theory, plus numerous after school performance opportunities.
University's ensembles are nationally recognized. Our ensembles have performed around the nation in places like New York City, Pasadena, Chicago, Norfolk, Indianapolis, and Washington DC, at high-profile events for organizations like Music for All and ACDA.
Our unique Advanced Music progression gives students a deeper knowledge of the theory, history, and analysis of music than they could get in a typical performing ensemble.
All magnet students in the instrumental track will be required to perform a solo for the FBA or FOA Solo & Ensemble Festival every year.
A sophomore jury will be held before the music faculty in the second semester of 10th grade. This will include all major and natural minor scales, two prepared solos of Grade IV or higher, and sight-reading.
A senior recital will be held at some point during 12th grade. Each student will be featured individually on a minimum Grade V solo. All performing arts magnet students will attend all senior recitals.