The Arts

Canterbury's arts courses and extra curricular opportunities are available for students of all skill and interest levels, from those who like to dabble in drawing, music or theatre to students passionate about becoming amateur or professional artists, musicians or actors.

Concert Band

The Concert Band is a performance-based instrumental ensemble that stresses the development of skills, technique, musicianship and ensemble awareness through interesting jazz literature.

Concert Choir

The Concert Choir performs choral music from a variety of styles and time periods. Sight singing and the development of vocal skills and techniques are stressed.

Chamber Choir

The Chamber Choir sings college level material and performs at school and in the community.

Chamber Orchestra

This performance-based ensemble focuses on strings instruments, but also includes woodwinds and other instruments.


The focus is to develop acting technique through improvisations, stage movement and scene study. Modern dramatic literature is introduced, as well as theater criticism. Students perform individually and in small groups.

Advanced theater

Students explore directing, monologues and one-act plays. Individual attention is given to advanced theater techniques such as stage lighting, movement, costuming and timing.

Visual Art Foundations

Students expand their knowledge of visual art through basic drawing, composition and technique.

Studio Art

Continuing to build on what they learned in Visual Art Foundations, students explore a chosen media and techniques in depth.


This independent course is for students willing to make a serious commitment to a particular area of visual arts.


Students are introduced to basic techniques in photography including the practical and aesthetic elements of the art of photography.

Advanced Photography

Students may continue to explore the techniques available in this medium of expression.

Music Technology Composition

Students use looping and sequencing software to create music compositions and to learn music theory.

Computer Art

Design fundamentals, typography, layout, image manipulation and color are explored during this course which familiarizes students with the graphic design industry and processes for commercial print media.

Introduction to Speech

In this non-competitive course, students learn the fundamentals of speaking, audience analysis, topic selection, organization, practice and performance.

Fall and Winter Plays or Musicals

Every student who auditions is included in these productions. Whether a student is serious about acting or just wants to expand their horizons, he or she is welcome to become part of the cast - creating a one-of-kind-show. Students involved in other activities, such as a fall or winter sport, typically take on smaller roles, work on stagecraft, tech booth and behind the scenes.

Pep Band

We're a small school with a lot of heart, and it shows at our basketball games. The pep band helps pump up the crowd with some traditional jams and rock ballads.

Speech Team

Students have the opportunity to compete in speech meets in the areas of drama, humor, extemporaneous, broadcast, impromptu, discussion, prose and poetry. Students meet with Coach Linda Alt during free periods and after school.

Chess Club

Students meet once a week after school to play chess and learn strategies under the direction of Coach Jim Dean. Students also have the opportunity to compete locally, statewide and in national tournaments.

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