MSB students compete with other students from schools for the blind in narrative arts showcases each year displaying their artistic abilities. The bi-annual Performing Arts Showcases are held in January and April of each year as part of the South Central Association of Schools for the Blind (SCASB) championship competitions. Various ensembles and individuals get invited frequently to share their talents. The artistic showcase features choirs, soloists, drum lines, bands, dance and drama groups.
Students at the Mississippi School for the Blind know that artistic ability means much more than sight. Through our new art program, students are creating projects, drawings, learning about the world of art, and beautiful painted masterpieces. Students are highly engaged in band, chorus, piano and drama activities, and activities to enhance their artistic ability. Through our vibrant and thriving fine arts program, students’ educational experiences are enriched as they follow the path to becoming well-rounded MSB graduates.
The MSB Music Department provides opportunities for students to showcase their musical talents through performance and to develop social and recreational skills that remain with them for a lifetime. MSB employs highly qualified staff who teach students using the state music curriculum in the following areas:
- Elementary Music (PreK-5th grade)
- Band (Middle and High School)
- Drumline (Middle and High School)
- Choir (Elementary, Middle, and High School)
- Applied Piano (K-12th grade)
- Music Technology
- General Music
- Annual programs are held both on and off campus with frequent invitations to share with the community. We also enjoy participating in a Narrative Arts Showcase affiliated with the South-Central Association of Schools for the Blind (SCASB) competition.
Specialized adaptive or compensatory techniques are utilized in instructing students in music courses at MSB including the use of music braille, modified standard music notation, aural training, and other methods catered to individual student needs. With applied effort, students can leave MSB prepared to participate in college-level ensembles, employment opportunities in the music industry, and lifelong learning through the art of music.
MSB has instituted new beginning art classes for elementary students and elective art classes for middle school and high school students. Art for visually impaired children teaches hand skills (fine motor, coordination), concepts (spatial relationships, symbolic representation), and creativity and flexibility. Through our art program, students are able to increase social and emotional development as part of the Expanded Core Curriculum, and increase their learning experiences while developing their artistic and creative ability