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Norwood High School Fine Arts Department

Fine Arts Teachers

Photo of Maryann Berger Photo of Steven Conant Photo of Teacher Photo of Laurie McGrory

Dept. Chair 6-12
Visual Arts

Photo of Elizabeth Mullaney Photo of Ashley Nelson Photo of John Tolman Photo of John Quinn

Information about the National Portfolio Day at the Hynes Convention Center - Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012

Department Philosophy

Music: The philosophy of the Norwood High School Music Program is to make every student able to either play a musical instrument or sing in a chorus, if they so desire. The philosophy is that such activities help to build the character of all music students into hard workers, who are loyal to a group, and can work for a common goal. The philosophy of the Norwood Music Program is to make it possible for every student to make use of their musical talents and broaden their musical horizons.

Drama: The main philosophy of the Norwood High School Drama Program is to provide an environment for students who love acting, or have never even thought of it, which encourages the growth of dramatic talent. The idea is that all students who participate will experience a growth in self-confidence and can truly develop their own personalities, by "acting" as someone else.

Visual Art: The Norwood High School Art program embodies the components of quality art education: production, art history, criticism and aesthetics. We offer classes for the student who likes and enjoys art but does not want to pursue it in college and also to students who are exceptionally talented and plan a career in the visual art field. Each course helps develop the student to understand and respond in a reflective critical manner to the visual society in which they live.


Music: The objective of the Norwood High School Music Program is to provide students with a strong foundation in the fundamentals of music theory and performance, so as to enable them to have a strong basis in music to perform as adults as a career, or even just for recreation.

Drama: The objective of the Norwood High School Drama Program is to provide students with a better understanding of Drama, as it pertains to life, and to ourselves. The program teaches about the classic works of the past, in order to learn how to respect quality, and the program also tries to motivate students into public performance and expression of feeling.

Visual Art: The objective of the Norwood High School Art Program is to give students the tools and teaching methods in order to successfully learn to express themselves through art. The courses also aid to start a path toward a future in the art industry, whether freelance, or with a company.

Additional Information

A one-time, per year performance fee of $150 is required to participate in any extra-curricular ensembles and productions.  This includes marching band, jazz band, jazz and a cappella choirs and all drama productions.  Checks should be made payable to:  Norwood Public Schools Fine Arts Performance Fee

Music: In addition to the plentiful courses offered in the Music Department, there are also after school extra-curricular activities that students can join. These include the Mustang Marching Band, Winter Percussion, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, and Jazz Choir. The Norwood Music Program is also greatly aided by the assistance of the Parents' Music Association, which is made up of parents of past and present Norwood musicians.

Drama: In addition to the regular course load of the drama classes, the Drama Club at Norwood High School was created to provide an extracurricular activity for those students who want to spend even more time with their acting friends, and more time refining their acting skills. Also, the Norwood High School Drama Program puts on many public performances, such as the original production, "One Act Show," and other classic scripts, such as "The Wizard of Oz," "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," "Ten Little Indians," "The Diary of Anne Frank," "A Mid Summer Night's Dream," and lastly, "The Frogs."

Visual Art: In addition to the multiple Art courses offered at the school, Norwood High School students can also qualify to become members of the National Art Honor Society, based on academic and professional success. The students in the Art Program also receive the task of decorating the walls of Norwood High School with their work. like the Mickey Mouse depicted at the top of the page, and this elevator below.