Performing Arts - General & Choral Music/Dance & Theatre

Performing Arts - General Music, Choral & Theatre

Dr. Sara Womack
General & Choral Music / Dance & Theatre
P: 770.426.3404

Tara Norris
P: 770.426.3404


Andrew Geocaris
Fine Arts Professional Learning Specialist
P: 770.426.3404


Mission and Vision


The Cobb County School District Performing Arts Programs offer a balanced, comprehensive, standards-based arts curriculum as an important part of the education of the whole child. Courses are offered in dance, music, and theater.

We believe that study in the arts:

Provides students with opportunities to propose and solve problems

Provides a form of expression, skill development and overall enrichment to encourage lifelong learning

Celebrates the achievement of diverse cultures

Inspires creativity, helping students develop their own passions, strengths, and personal voices, while creating a sense of family and belonging

Fosters self-esteem, community pride and skills, giving students hope and goals to strive for in their career pathway and life

In Cobb, we value the arts for the distinct and significant effect they have on the lives of our students both in the present and in their futures.


About Performing Arts


The Cobb County School District has more than 40,000 students enrolled in the music elective programs additionally each elementary student receives music instruction. The elective programs include band, chorus, orchestra, general music, music appreciation, piano keyboarding, AP music theory, and guitar. Our instrumental and vocal ensembles are seen and heard throughout the United States and worldwide. Recent accomplishments have included BOA Grand National Marching Band Champions – Lassiter HS Band, 7th place at BOA Competition – Kennesaw Mt. HS Band, and multiples of tours to Japan, Italy, Bahamas, England, and Germany.

Performing groups have been selected to appear at the Mid-West Band Clinic, the American Choral Director’s Association Divisional Conference, the Music Educator’s National Conference, the Georgia Music Educator’s Conference, the National Concert Band Festival, and numerous other events.

The Cobb County School District has been named as one of the “Best 100 Communities for Music in America” in 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.

CCSD also provides the Pebblebrook HS Center for the Performing Arts. This magnet performing arts school offers specialized instruction in voice, drama, and dance. Students enrolled in the program receive a two-hour integrated performing arts block. Students are expected to present a recital in their primary emphasis area and will also participate in repertory production involving all aspects of the performing arts. For more information go to www.cccepa.com.

CCSD provides general music education for all students Kindergarten through fifth grade, as well as band, chorus, and orchestra instruction in the sixth grade. In grades six through twelve a wide variety of music course offerings is available to meet the interest of students and their abilities.






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Why We Perform


Public performance is an important aspect of band, chorus and orchestra programs. While the learning process is crucial, the concert provides an opportunity to showcase student learning and provide the unique experience of performing for an audience, which is also a content standard.  Additionally, concert performances should be a result of instruction in performance classes; therefore, the frequency of performances will vary according to the ability of the performing ensemble. Too many performances will deprive the students of basic instruction; too few will deprive them of the opportunity to put that knowledge to use.

Along with performance, the ability to sight-read music is also an important aspect of the curriculum. Sight-reading ability is a skill that continually results in greater musicianship and level of performance. Each music program is required through standards to emphasize music reading to improve sight-reading and music reading skills.

Ultimately, these sight-reading skills and experience with performance provides the necessary tools needed to become an independent musician that values and engages in music for a lifetime.


Sacred Music


Sacred Music in Schools

The Cobb County School District does not have a written policy regarding the use of sacred music in the music curriculum. It is important that the music curriculum include the study of music of all styles, forms, periods, and cultures. However, it is necessary that the teacher exercise good judgment and sensitivity in selecting non-secular music for study and programming for public performances.

National Association for Music Education

It is the position of the National Association for Music Education that the study and performance of religious music within an educational context is a vital and appropriate part of a comprehensive music education. The omission of sacred music from the school curriculum would result in an incomplete educational experience.

The National Association for Music Education suggests the following questions be considered:

  1. What is the purpose of the activity? Is the purpose secular in nature, that is, studying music of a particular composer’s style or historical period?

  2. What is the primary effect of the activity? Is it the celebration of religion? Does the activity either enhance or inhibit religion? Does it invite confusion of thought or family objections?

  1. Does the activity involve excessive entanglement with a religion or religious group, or between the schools and religious organizations? Financial support can, in certain cases, be considered an entanglement.

    National Association for Music Education

If the music educator’s use of sacred music can withstand the test of these questions, it is probably not in violation of the First Amendment. Music educators have an obligation to provide a quality and complete music curriculum. This obligation must be met with good judgment and common sense, keeping in mind the students, the community, and the law.


Donation Program



  • The Arts educate, communicate, and inspire us to know more about ourselves, each other, and our culture and heritage.

  • The Performing Arts are those forms of art such as acting, dancing, and playing and singing music that are performed in front of an audience.

Our Purpose and Mission:

  • To provide opportunities for Cobb’s children K- 8th grades to experience uniquely rewarding performing arts that might otherwise be unavailable to them

  • To spark curiosity, broaden awareness of the Arts, stimulate minds and emotions, foster creativity and inspire a lifelong interest and love of the arts with far-reaching effect

  • To encourage excellence in the arts by providing high-quality professional performances and opportunities for cultural enrichment through the performing arts

Elementary School Donation Form and Brochure – English
Elementary School Donation Form and Brochure – Español
Middle School Donation Form and Brochure – English
Middle School Donation Form and Brochure – Español

Donations accepted year-round
 Please make checks payable to your child’s local school


Performance Evaluation


Purpose and Process of Large Group Performance Evaluation:

Large Group Performance Evaluation is the annual assessment of student achievement by each school music ensemble.  It is sponsored by the Music Educators Association and follows their rules of participation and performance expectations.  Choral directors select music literature that will demonstrate the various fundamental performance standards and concepts in the curriculum.  The degree of literature difficulty ranges from E for Elementary, M for Middle School and levels D to A with D representing beginning high school or upper level middle school, up through A being of the highest level of difficulty.  Choirs sing two selections with one of the selections being from the required list provided in each level of difficulty.

Each year, nationally recognized experts in the field assess Cobb County music ensembles on every aspect of student and director performance.  The rigor and comprehensiveness of this evaluation is similar to that of standardized tests or end-of-course exams given in other school subjects.  Students demonstrate their musical understanding and skill development through applied performance and sight-singing both individually and as an ensemble.

Three experts evaluate choirs of the fundamental elements through prepared literature and one expert evaluates fundamental elements on literature seen and sung for the first time.  Expert clinicians also conduct a brief clinic to provide face-to-face, immediate feedback to the director and students regarding pedagogical strategies for improvement and specific aspects of the performance that were particularly effective.  The adjudicators complete score sheets with commentary.  Grades of (I) Superior, (II) Excellent, (III) Good, (IV) Poor, and (V) Failure, are utilized to communicate a national standard for performance with more detailed grading in each fundamental performance indicator.

Additionally, a conducting expert provides video commentary for the director concerning their musical communication to the students through gesture.  A professional audio recording of each performance serves as an archive and resource for further study and reflection.  This thorough process of performance.


Performing Arts - General & Choral Music, Dance and Theatre -
 Subject Areas



Elementary Chorus
Middle School Chorus
High School Chorus


Middle School Theatre
High School Theatre


Middle School Dance
High School Dance

Other Courses

Music Theory
Music Appreciation
Music Technology

Elementary Music

Elementary Music Classroom

Elementary students in the Cobb County School District receive varying amounts of music instruction depending on the size of the school.  Each elementary school typically has one music specialist.  It is recommended that each elementary student receive music for approximately 45 minutes, at least once per week.  An elementary music lesson includes many of the following activities: singing, listening, moving, playing instruments, arranging, improvising, composing, analyzing, describing, reading and writing.  Performances provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate what has been achieved as a result of classroom lessons, focusing on actual performance rather than entertainment, and to learn the skills necessary for performance in a public setting. Students have the opportunity to demonstrate formal performance behaviors, such as following the cues of a conductor, while actively engaging in music making in a public concert setting.  The goals of music instruction in grades K – 5 are as follows:

  • Through sequential learning, to explore and develop musical skills and knowledge through singing, playing, creating, listening, analyzing, and evaluating

  • To increase student achievement in music through high quality teaching and performing experiences

  • To provide to students an opportunity to experience music of diverse cultures and time periods and make connections with other arts and disciplines

  • To efficiently utilize community and school resources to allow students optimal opportunities to develop musical aptitude, creativity, and knowledge

  • To develop interest and an understanding of the value of the music program to increase support and enjoyment of the arts in the Cobb County School District


Performing Arts - Choral & Music - Cobb Teaching & Learning Standards


Elementary School Choral & Music Standards

Kindergarten – 5th Grade Chorus Standards

Kindergarten General Music Standards

1st Grade General Music Standards

2nd Grade General Music Standards

3rd Grade General Music Standards

4th Grade General Music Standards

5th Grade General Music Standards

Middle School Choral & Music Standards


6th-8th Grade Beginning Chorus Standards
6th-8th Grade Intermediate Chorus Standards
6th-8th Grade Advanced Chorus Standards

High School Choral & Music Standards


9th-12th Grade Chorus Standards
9th-12th Grade Music Appreciation Standards

9th-12th Grade Beginning Chorus Standards
9th-12th Grade Beginning Men’s Chorus Standards
9th-12th Grade Beginning Music Theory and Composition Standards
9th-12th Grade Beginning Women’s Chorus Standards

9th-12th Grade Intermediate Chorus Standards
9th-12th Grade Intermediate Men’s Chorus Standards
9th-12th Grade Intermediate Music Theory and Composition Standards
9th-12th Grade Intermediate Women’s Chorus Standards

9th-12th Grade Advanced Chorus Standards
9th-12th Grade Advanced Men’s Chorus Standards
9th-12th Grade Advanced Music Theory and Composition Standards
9th-12th Grade Advanced Women’s Chorus Standards

9th-12th Grade Mastery Chorus Standards
9th-12th Grade Mastery Men’s Chorus Standards
9th-12th Grade Mastery Women’s Chorus Standards


Performing Arts - Dance - Cobb Teaching & Learning Standards


Middle School Dance Standards


6th-8th Grade Dance Standards
MS Advanced Dance Standards

High School Dance Standards


HS Advanced Repertory Dance Standards
HS Applied Anatomy Kinesiology for Dance Standards
HS Ballet Dance Standards
HS Classical-Contemporary Partnering I-II Dance Standards
HS Classical-Contemporary Partnering III-IV Dance Standards
HS Dance Composition Standards
HS Dance For Theatre Standards
HS Dance History Standards
HS Dance Level I Standards
HS Dance Level II Standards
HS Dance Level III Standards
HS Dance Level IV Standards
HS Dance Production Level I-II Standards
HS Jazz Dance Level I-II Standards
HS Jazz Dance Levels III-IV Standards
HS Mens Dance Standards
HS Modern Dance Standards
HS Modern Dance Level II Standards
HS Modern Dance Level III Standards
HS Modern Dance Level IV Standards

Music for Dancers Levels I-II Standards
Performance Ensembles Levels I-II Standards
Pointe-Variations Levels I-II Standards
World Dance Forms Levels I-IV Standards


Performing Arts - Theatre - Cobb Teaching & Learning Standards


Middle School Theatre Standards

6th Grade Theatre Standards

7th Grade Theatre Standards

8th Grade Theatre Standards

High School Theatre Standards


High School Acting Theatre Standards
High School Advanced Drama Theatre Standards
High School Dramatic Writing I Standards
High School Fundamentals of Theatre Standards
High School Musical Theatre Level I-IV Standards
High School Technical Theatre Level I-IV Standards
High School Theatre History- Literature I-II Standards
High School Theatre Management Standards