What We Do

  • The talent education program (TEP) provides educational services to students who have been identified through a state evaluation as being talented in the areas of theater, music and visual arts and have the potential for exceptional artistry and performing arts achievement in grades pre-kindergarten to 12. The goal of TEP is to challenge, support and inspire talented students through differentiated, accelerated, compacted and enrichment learning opportunities designed to meet their unique academic, social and emotional needs.

    The support and appraisal department identifies students who are eligible for TEP. A student must be referred, screened and evaluated before entering the program. Once a student has been identified an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is implemented and instruction services initiated.

    The department also provides services for the gifted program (click here to access). Please feel free to contact us at 504-349-7847.

    Talented Theater

    • Performance Skills: Improvisation, characterization, vocal development, stage movement, acting styles and methods
    • Theater History: Greek and Roman theater, medieval theatrical forms, Renaissance theater and Shakespeare, modern forms, and absurdist theater
    • Analysis and Criticism: Play analysis, dramatic theory, interpretive reading, and dramatic forms
    • Theater Production: Directing, scene design, stagecraft, and stage management
    • Theater Business: Current professional theater practices, organization and management funding, and marketing and publicity.

    Talented Music

    • Theory and Analysis: Sight singing, rhythm, melodic dictation, harmonic dictation, stylistic form and analysis
    • Music History: Major musical periods, composers, styles and forms
    • Creative Activities: Improvisation, arranging, composition
    • Aesthetic Perception and Performance: Technical facility, varied music styles, musical expression, evaluation of performances
    • Music business: Current music occupations, funding, marketing, publicity, recording and publishing, and computer music

    Talented Visual Arts

    • Aesthetic Development: Essential art elements, principles of design, respect for commonalities and differences in art; art as expressions of ideas, feelings, and culture
    • Art History: Styles, periods, movements, simplified chronology, outstanding artists
    • Analysis and Criticism: Observe, describe, analyze, interpret, and make critical judgments of artwork
    • Creative Expression: Develop creative problem solving skills in “art making;” experience a variety of media—-drawing, painting, graphic design, printmaking, mixed media, sculpture, photography, and architecture
    • Art Business: Career opportunities, finding funding, marketing and publicity