Fine Arts

Visual Arts

Visual Art Link

The Visual Arts program here at RMS is a process over product course built around nurturing students creativity, self directedness, and artistic mind set.  The program focuses on fostering the studio habits of mind (develop craft, engage and persist, envision, express, observe, reflect, stretch and explore, understand arts community) and encourages students to grow in basic life skills.  Much of our program relates to skills beyond the art room including: perseverance, confidence, decision making, and accountability, and increased fine motor skills.

This program explores a wide variety of artistic mediums including clay, printmaking, painting, collage, drawing, mixed media, and sculpture.  Beyond art mediums students will study art history, art elements, and learn planning skills such as creating drafts, brainstorming webs, and following plans.  

Recent art projects include:

  • Pop Art and contemporary printmaking
  • Replicating famous paintings
  •  Sculpted letters
  •  Mannequin and proportion drawings
  •  Slab and coil clay projects
  •  School mural paintings

    Morgan Wagner - ART 





Jacob Mahowald   970-665-7663

Course Description:  The Rifle Middle School band program is a co-curricular experience open to students of every age and ability level.  The core of the band program is the concert band, which rehearses in class every other day for the entire school year.  There are several new opportunities for students to continue playing their instrument outside of school, including jazz band (which performs in concert all well) and pep band (which will play at select RMS home sporting events).  Through the preparation of challenging and exciting music for concerts, students will gradually develop a mastery of their instrument and music reading skills in general; and while preparing for concerts is our primary focus, students will gain new perspectives of music through music history and music theory.  Participating in music has been scientifically shown to increase academic performance, social aptitude, self esteem, and more; not to mention, though, that playing in band is simply fun! Like the choir program at RMS, band is a year-long endeavor, and as such, students are expected to join at the start of the school year and continue through all four quarters.  It is my hope that students will continue playing in band through their entire career at RMS and even into high school, since music becomes even more fun and rewarding the further students progress!

Vocal Music/Choir   

Music Notes

Course Description: The Vocal Music Program (Choir) at RMS is a performance-based course designed for all levels of experience. The students will develop vocal and music reading skills by practicing and performing together as a group. Basic vocal techniques will be explored in a wide variety of musical styles, including introduction to part-singing, music reading and music theory. Fundamental vocal techniques are continually reinforced. Culminating performances are a meaningful and mandatory component of this class. There will be a mandatory performance at the end of each semester, a required Winter Concert and a required Spring Concert, with additional performing opportunities throughout the school year. The course will integrate music with other content areas with an emphasis on history, culture and literacy. Music students will also develop valuable real-world skills including critical thinking and reasoning, problem-solving, self-direction, collaboration and creativity. Like the band program, choir class meets for one full year and students are highly encouraged to participate in choir for all three years of middle school in order to keep building individual talent and skills and to experience higher levels of musical achievement together as an ensemble.

Noelle Gingrich