Arts in Education

  • Students and instructor playing music

    The Tuscaloosa City Schools enjoys a rich tradition of providing instruction in the arts for all students attending any of our schools. Regardless of the social and economic circumstances of our time, the arts hold an essential place in the balanced education of our children. Through our diverse offerings in the arts, we are providing pathways for more children to realize their true passions, and contributing to a new generation of expressive, creative, and innovative thinkers from our own public school system.

    For more information on the arts and their benefit to the development of young minds, visit

  • Pre-K Music Partnership

    Pre-K classrooms across the system served with regular music instruction through a partnership with the University of Alabama School of Music.

    Please note: UA is suspending pre-k music instruction for the 2020 fall semester and will revisit plans for spring semester in consultation with TCS and when safe delivery can be insured.

  • K-5 Music & Visual Art

    Students artwork hanging in a gallery
    K-5 Music and Visual Art classes provided at every elementary school.
    • Students receive weekly instruction from a certified specialist in art and music
    • Students in grades 4 and 5 receive classes in art and music once per week throughout the school year from a certified specialist. K-3 students enjoy art and music once per week for one semester each year. Expanding access to arts education for K-5 students remains part of the TCS Strategic Plan! 

  • 6-12 Fine Arts

    Dancers practicing in dance studio  

    6-12 Fine Arts Electives

    All TCS Middle and High Schools, including TASPA and TFAA, offer:

    • Band
    • Choir
    • Strings
    • Visual Art

    The Alberta School of Performing Arts (TASPA), Grades 6-8.

    Students at TASPA may also elect to study:

    • Theatre
    • Dance
    • Piano

    Tuscaloosa Fine Arts Academy (TFAA) at Paul W. Bryant High School, Grades 9-12.

    Students attending TFAA and Paul W. Bryant High School may also elect to study:

    • Commercial Music
    • Dance
    • Theatre (also available at Northridge HS)

  • Special Education & Music Therapy

    Music and movement therapy is provided to our students with special needs via the Special Education Department.