Visual Arts

    The Fine Arts department enters roughly four Art competitions per year, with students historically receiving art scholarships from prestigious Art schools such as Savannah College of Art and Design, The Chicago Art Institute, and The Memphis College of Art. We also host our own Juried Showcase every April.

    Classes Offered:

    Art I This course is an introduction to basic art skills and techniques with direct emphasis on the elements and principles of design. Students will work with a variety of materials and will be introduced to art history through correlation of artists with assigned projects.

    Art II This advanced Art class that is not media specific. In Art II, students will explore the principles of design and take a more in-depth, chronological look at art history. They will also experiment with more complex techniques and projects in drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture than those used in Art I.
    AP Art History This course offers a chronological survey of Western Art from the Paleolithic to the present time including Post-Modernism. Art works will be studied in their historical context with attention given to issues of politics, religion, patronage and gender. Open to juniors and seniors only. Students must have taken AP, AH, or H English.

    Studio Courses Offered:  Clay & Ceramics, Crafts, Studio Digital Photography, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, AP Studio Art 2D and 3D

    The Art Club meets on Wednesdays twice a month for extracurricular and service opportunities in the arts.


    Ranging from the concert hall to the marching field, students are given the opportunity to perform a wide variety of musical styles. Collaboration among the musicians enables students to perform major choral works with orchestral accompaniment or be on stage in a Broadway musical with a pit orchestra covering all the parts originally written for the show or performing symphonic literature with fellow students and members of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.

    Classes Offered: 

    Foundations of Music - Students will study several basic fundamentals of music, including music reading, various musical styles, and an overview of music history. Students will watch several Broadway musicals on film, as well. This is a non-performance class.

    Concert Choir - This elective course is open to all students. Intermediate to advanced singing ability is required. Participation in concerts,festivals, and other performances is also required.

    Maryville Singers - This elective course is open by audition only. Advanced singing ability is required. Participation in concerts, festivals, and other performances is also required. Auditions for this advanced choral ensemble will be held in the spring for the following year. Students are encouraged to take this class for the entire year.


    The Red Rebel Band includes about 150 9th through 12th grade students who perform for football games, parades, and marching competitions. After marching season, the 10th - 12th grade students focus on concert literature, and present 3 concerts and compete in regional Performance Assessment festivals. Students enrolled in the Honors program also perform in Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band groups.  Learn more at www.mhsredrebelband.com .  


    The goal of the Orchestra Program is to give students the musical skills to create and to enjoy music performed on stringed instruments. In order to accomplish this goal, students are introduced to classical masterpieces as well as movie scores. They study jazz, folk and contemporary pop. By learning the technique on their instruments necessary to perform all styles of music, students develop understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of a wide array of musical styles.. It is our objective that they become life-long participants and supporters of music-making.


    Classes Offered:

    Drama 1: An introduction to Theatre
    Intermediate Drama: A continuation of the skills introduced in Drama I
    Play Production: Fall term. Students will perform a non-musical, full length play
    Play Production Musical: Spring term. Students will present a full length musical

    Forensics: Extracurricular Club specializing in competitive acting and speaking events.




    • 8th & 9th grade students have studied how to play a STRING instrument for approx. 3-4 years (Violin, Viola, Cello or String Bass)
    • There are approximately 100 students in the MJHS strings program this year (2013 – 2014)
    • MJHS Chamber Orchestra meets once a week before school (audition group only) and performs annually at the Fantasy of Trees in Nov & Knoxville Reading Festival in May, along with other smaller performances throughout the year.
    • 3 MAIN CONCERTS - 2 Traditional “Classical” Concert Performances & 1 Pops Concert Performance within each school year (at the Clayton Center for the Arts)
    • Junior Clinic (8th & 9th grade), Senior Clinic & All-State (9th grade only) participation opportunities
    • Participation in a String Festival once a year
    • Guest musicians visit & perform @ MJHS regularly (Examples: Barrage, Travis Patton, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra members, Austin Peay University professors, UT professors, etc.)
    • Orchestra trips to Disney World, Nashville, Kings Island, Six Flags, and more...
    • Quartet or small ensemble performances around the community (churches, events, etc.)


  • Band

    • 8th & 9th grade students have studied band instruments since 5th grade within the MCS 
    • Approximately 130 students total take Band class on an A/B rotation with approx. 30 who take everyday
    • MJHS Wind Ensemble meets once a week after school (audition group) and performs annually at the East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association concert festival and has qualified the past five years by receiving Superior ratings for the state concert festival sponsored by the Tennessee Music Educators Association 
    • 3 formal concerts within each school year at the Clayton Center for the Arts at Maryville College 
    • Junior Clinic (8th grade), Senior Clinic & All-State (9th grade) participation opportunities - approximately 40 to 50 students are selected yearly following auditions 
    • 9th graders participation in the Maryville High School Red Rebel Marching band
    • Small ensemble opportunities including pep band, jazz band, brass and woodwind choirs, and percussion ensemble
    • Band trips to Disney World, Nashville, Kings Island, and more...
    • Encore is a parent organization for music students at the Jr. High level and many band parents are also associated with the MHS Band Boosters.  Learn more at www.mhsredrebelband.com .


    Travis Greene, Ph.D.

    Band Director

  •  Visual Arts

    *  Art 80 (eighth graders) and also Art I (ninth graders)
    *  enrolls approximately 250-280 students each year (A/B rotation)
    *  miscellaneous art contests/shows, including the Tennessee Valley Fair and also Knoxville Museum of Art
    *  miscellaneous community projects (nursing homes, nursery schools, elementary schools)
    *  MJHS Art Club meets once a month (third Wednesday of each month during the school year) from 3:30-4:30
    p.m.  [club sponsor is Ms. Julie Drake-Roberts]

  • GRADES K-7

    Visual Arts
    @ Elementary Level
    •   all students attend art class every 6 days
    •   students study media/techniques/processes, elements of design, art history, student critiques and connections with other disciplines
    •   we display student in the hallways for everyone to enjoy
    •   parent volunteers help with supply prep and student projects
    @ Elementary Level
    • K-1 students participate in music education every three days
    • 2-3 students participate on rotation every six days
    • Music class is based on the national standards adopted by Tennessee as the music education curriculum
    • Students explore the six elements of music:  rhythm, melody, timbre, texture, expression and form.
    • Lessons coincide with the Common Core content that students are learning in the regular classroom.
    • Some schools at the elementary level also offer after school choir - giving students additional opportunities to perform and hone their vocal skills and love of music.