Educating the whole child

The Visual and Performing Arts Department of Garland ISD is committed to the education of the whole child, and as a component of that education, we believe that:

  • Every student should have a basic knowledge, skills and appreciation of the visual and performing arts.

  • A quality arts education program will enable students to develop self-esteem, self-discipline, self-motivation, and cooperation necessary for success in life.



Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in the art room

student artwork, drawing of Frida Kahlo with leaves in background and pink flowers
First grader Dezi Gonzalez drew and colored this portrait of Frida Kahlo in the style of Frida Kahlo.
student art, colorful drawings of alebrijes in the style of Pedro Linares

Students in the upper grades created colorful alebrijes like those depicted in the movie Coco. These fictional creatures derived from the mind of Mexican artist Pedro Linares in the 1930s.

Art teacher: Ms. Hernández

Visit the art page!


All students will receive instruction in music weekly. Students are taught using Orff-Schulwerk approaches. While singing is a fundamental part of music, students also play a variety of instruments and explore music and movement through folk dance and improvisation. Students will also participate in creating and composing their own musical ideas throughout the year.

Music teacher: Ms. Zapata

Visit the music page!

4th grade black belt students
Student writing music rhythms
5th grade students on stage for concert
4th grade students playing recorder at concert
Pre kindergarten student concert
2nd grade students on stage

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in music

Students have been participating in various activities to celebrate Spanish Heritage month in the music room. These activities include playing Spanish instruments like the castanets, guiro, maracas, and egg shakers. Students have also creatively explored music from diverse cultures with movement through dance and the use of scarfs.

PK students exploring how to play the castanet

Pre-Kindergarten students exploring to play the Spanish instrument castanet.

Students exploring music through movement using scarfs

Students performing and displaying creative expression through movement using scarfs to the traditional Spanish folksong De Colores.

Students exploring how to play the egg shaker

 1st grade students exploring to play the Latin American instrument egg shaker during music class.

Be a Garland ISD VIP 

With a special VIP pass, community members can get free general admission to many athletic and Fine Arts events at district facilities.

Visit the Garland ISD VIP pass page for more details.

Clear Bag Policy

To help ensure a safe and respectful environment for guests, Garland ISD has put into effect a Clear Bag Policy for all GISD middle and high school athletic events and fine arts performances.  

Learn more on our Clear Bag Policy page.