The International Leadership of Texas recognizes the importance of the Fine Arts for a well-rounded high school graduate.
The ILTexas Fine Arts Department offers regular and advanced courses in all four Fine Arts areas; Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts. Performance is an integral part of the performing arts and therefore included in the TEKS.
All ILTexas Dance, Music, and Theatre programs present both in-class and after school performance opportunities.
Likewise, all Visual Arts programs extend opportunities to showcase art pieces to students and parents/guests. Additionally, Fine Arts competitions provide opportunities for students to refine their technical and performative skills and set and achieve personal and group goals.
Preparing for competition also provides opportunities for student leadership, teamwork, and positive character building. Since 2013, ILTexas students have competed state-wide within TCSAAL, UIL, and private competitions, winning numerous individual and group awards.
Kerri Keller BME, MS
District Fine Arts Coordinator
1651 N. Glenville Dr. Suite 216
Richardson, TX 75081
Fine Arts Department Mission
The mission of the Fine Arts program is to foster appreciation of the arts in kindergarten through twelfth grade, provide performance and competition opportunities for all students, and offer rigorous curriculum preparing students for higher education.
Fine Arts Department Objective
All students enrolled in a fine arts course will study a variety of artists and styles from around the world, have opportunities to lead their peers, utilize the English, Spanish, and Chinese languages through artistic works, and learn the skills of collaboration, perseverance, time management, responsibility and commitment to strengthen the mind, body and character.
Fine Arts Department Goals
1. The ILTexas Fine Arts Department will give quality instruction in each discipline.
a. Aligning vertically and horizontally district-wide
b. Teaching specific skills, techniques, and strategies
c. Adapting to better accommodate all students
d. Preparing students for higher educational success
e. Fostering leadership skills and abilities for professional endeavors
2. The ILTexas Fine Arts Department will be an integral part of the school curriculum, K-12.
a. Developing appreciation of the Fine Arts as a participant and audience member
b. Inspiring all students to give their highest effort in all endeavors
c. Stressing the importance of self-discipline and “Others Before Self”
d. Encouraging a positive, welcoming school climate
e. Seeking opportunities for international and cross-curricular learning
3. The ILTexas Fine Arts Department will represent the district in the local and global community by
actualizing the mission.
a. Creating/Performing internationally focused works of art
b. Utilizing multiple languages and cultural representations
c. Seeking student-led leadership opportunities
d. Strengthening the mind through higher level thinking
e. Preparing the body through dedication to the craft
f. Developing character through collaboration, perseverance, and responsibility
Tarrant County Area
Harris County Area
ILTexas offers Dance courses at each high school. Students have the opportunity to progress through four levels of technique, focusing on Dance as an art form. During class, students will learn to appreciate, understand, and perform ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, social, and world dance styles.
Established high schools will also offer a Dance Company/Team, focused on performing choreography from multiple genres on campus and within the community.
Mr. Emmanuel Silveyra
District Dance Lead
ILTexas offers Music for all students in kindergarten through twelfth grades. Students in kindergarten through fifth, enjoy General Music on a six-day rotation. In class, they focus on learning basic music composition and theory and growing an appreciation of both instrumental and vocal music. Beginning in sixth grade, students may specialize in vocal music and/or an instrument of their choice, which they can continue to explore and refine throughout high school. Secondary courses focus on refining skills and techniques, while continuing to gain understanding and appreciation of musical styles around the world. High school students also have the opportunity to take AP Music Theory, possibly earning college credit.
District Choir Lead
District General Music Lead
District Orchestra Lead
District Guitar Lead
District Band Lead
ILTexas offers Theatre Arts courses for students in sixth through twelfth grades. Students will explore a variety of theatrical styles, focused on understanding and appreciating Theatre as a performative art. During class, students will work individually and in groups to produce a variety of theatrical works from around the world. Advanced Theatre students in grades sixth through twelfth will also have the opportunity to perform and compete on campus and within the community. High school students may also explore their speaking skills through the related field of Debate.
Denise Montgomery Lias
District Theatre Lead
ILTexas offers Visual Arts for all students in kindergarten through twelfth grades. Students in kindergarten through fifth, enjoy Art on a six-day rotation. In class, they focus on learning basic skills and techniques needed to appreciate and complete artistic works in various mediums. All students are encouraged to explore their artistic voices through projects focused on art styles from around the world. Secondary courses focus on refining skills and techniques, while continuing to gain understanding and appreciation of more advanced styles and mediums. High school students also have the opportunity to take AP coursework, possibly earning college credit, and explore Career/Technology courses related to Art, such as Commercial Photography, and Graphic Design.
District Visual Arts K-5
Juan Negroni Vasquez
District Visual Arts 6-12