At our school, we encourage our students to explore their artistic talent. We offer a variety of different majors that allow students to explore a variety of opportunities.
Instrumental Music students have many opportunities at Paseo to showcase their talent by participating in Jazz Band, Concert Band, Orchestra and String Ensemble. Paseo’s instrumental music students have been recognized at district, state and national competitions and perform at a variety of events in the Kansas City area. Many instrumentalists earn scholarships at colleges and universities across the country.
Vocal Music students develop a theoretical, historical and aesthetic knowledge of music. Classes offered are Vocal Pedagogy, Music Theory, Concert Choir, Chamber Choir and individualized studies. Paseo music students are recognized in district, state and national competitions and have performance opportunities throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area. Upon completion of their choral studies, many vocal music majors receive scholarships for post-secondary studies and also are prepared to begin a professional career in the music industry.
Theater students develop analytical and oral language skills as well as self-confidence and associated disciplines for careers in the entertainment industry, public speaking, law and politics. State-of-the-art theater facilities provide students with an opportunity to explore directing techniques, improvisation and various acting methodologies. Students have the opportunity to perform in three different venues and experience professional theater, as well as various performance competitions through alliances with various theater companies in the Kansas City area.
Technical Theater students learn the basics in technical theater production and design. Students build sets, learn the concepts of stage management, lighting and sound. Students assist in the technical production of all Paseo performances, district and community events. After graduation, many students begin their professional career in local and national production companies. Students can earn college credit for advanced classes in set design, lighting and sound production.
Creative Writing students learn the fundamentals of writing, editing and publishing original works as they study poetry, fiction, non-fiction and playwriting. Many students are published authors with articles in both local and national publications. Students who major in Creative Writing have opportunities to participate in contests and Spoken Word venues throughout Kansas City. Students have won state and national honors featuring original works.
Dance majors study a wide range of genres including ballet, modern, jazz, tap, contemporary and hip-hop. Dance majors are featured performers in various Kansas City and school-based productions throughout the year. Alvin Ailey Dance Company has partnered with Paseo to provide dance students the opportunity to experience professionally trained dancers, artists-in-residence and master classes in various styles and techniques.
Visual Art students are transformed into creative problem-solvers in courses like drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and graphic design. Paseo artists develop award winning portfolios and have been recognized locally and nationally through their remarkable exhibitions and by receiving scholarships to prestigious art colleges and art programs around the country.