Updated: Apr 9, 2019
We are NOW accepting late enrollment for Detroit School of Arts, aka DSA! As the new principal of DSA, one of my biggest goals is gaining a large increase in the student body this year, and those of whom carry the tradition of which these doors were founded upon. We are looking for children who are interested in the arts, such as music, radio, dance, visual arts, and more. The students should have strong academics, as well. The first day of school is September 4th, so apply soon. Stop by my office, and we will definitely have someone waiting just for you, with the best energy to be received. The student should always be ready at any given moment to audition with teachers and other faculty members. These babies should come with the mind frames that they want to enter these doors so their future can be easily reached! Come with progression and productivity as their goal!
Detroit School of Arts is a nationally renowned Arts and Academic high school that offers a strong college preparatory Academic and Arts Curriculum, with pre-professional study in Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Music Technology, Dance, Theater, Speech, Radio/Television production, Visual Arts and Visual Communications. The Detroit School of Arts is one of four magnet schools in Detroit, where the others are Renaissance High School, Cass Technical High School and Communication & Media Arts High School. Entrance to Detroit School of Arts is based on an audition that takes place at the end of a student's eighth grade year. Students are required to declare a major of study i.e. Dance, Theatre, Instrumental Music, etc.
In order to provide a stimulus for young people to advance their knowledge in all areas, DSA provides an exigent academic program; DSA has a core academic, advanced placement curriculum. The School’s Administration believes that these rigorous course offerings will prepare students for an internationally competitive society. The results of this demanding program are dramatic. Detroit School of Arts’ graduation rate averages 98% annually. All graduating seniors receive financial awards for college.
The Dance curriculum is designed to educate, train and develop talented students in the performance skills of dance. The program combines theory, technique, classroom instruction, rehearsal and performance. Students are provided with the opportunity for technical development through master classes, internships with national dance companies, and critiques by professional guest artists.
The Instrumental Music curriculum provides opportunities for students to develop advanced performance skills on instruments from the five families of musical instruments: woodwinds, brass, percussion, strings and keyboard. The curriculum also provides opportunities for students to develop skills and techniques that are used to compose and arrange music for a wide variety of instrument and voice combination.
The Vocal Music curriculum provides students with a strong foundation in vocal techniques, music theory and classical to popular repertoire. Students are provided with opportunities for vocal development through master classes, critiques by professional artists, and a variety of performing experiences. The program of studies is geared toward the acquisition of artistic skills necessary for success in the real world of the professional artist.
The Radio and Television curriculum provides students with professional broadcast training. This training could be used as either a launching pad into the professional world of radio, or students can continue their education. This training will incorporate the use of Digital Audio workstations, writing of broadcast copy, developing of radio programming content, on-air delivery and knowledge of radio broadcast. The curriculum also provides students with practical, “hands on” experience under the guidance of skilled Day Trade teachers and Special Instructors within a state-of-the-art television production facility. This television curriculum will not only provide graduates with technical proficiencies, but also tangible portfolios of video products that certify the knowledge, capabilities and work ethics required to compete and succeed in the job market and/or on the college campus.
The Visual Arts curriculum provides students with a strong foundation in all areas of visual arts to include two-dimensional and three-dimensional art production and related technology. Their course of study will prepare them to enter institutions of higher education, work in the commercial field and to begin entrepreneurial opportunities.
The Theatre/Drama curriculum provides students with stage and production training. Students will learn and develop skills for the stage through student run productions. The acting skill is the central area of learning in the department. However, students will also develop in other areas of theater. Stage managing, set design and building, costume design, stage lighting, sound and other technical areas are included in our curriculum. Students will gain knowledge and skills through personal development, working with professional artists, attending stage productions, and producing productions throughout the school year.
DSA’s performing groups travel around the world to cities such as Toronto, Ontario; London, England; New York, NY; Chicago, IL; New Orleans, LA; Atlanta, GA; Miami FL; and Los Angeles, CA. DSA Dance Majors have worked professionally with entertainers such as the late Aretha Franklin, and have been First Place State winners in premier dance competitions and festivals. The Radio, Television & Communications Department produces “Detroit Public Schools’ Radio”, which airs on WRCJ (90.9 FM) and Channel 10 and 22 (Comcast Television). Visual Arts student works (which have won National, State, and Local Honors) are exhibited in several local venues, such as the Detroit Institute of Arts, The Detroit Children’s Museum, and Pewabic Pottery.
The DSA Marching Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra, Male Vocal, Female Vocal, and Concert Choir all earn superior ratings at festivals and competitions, and perform regularly for the community. The DSA Wind Symphony has performed twice at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York. DSA is the only predominately African-American band to perform in this event. In addition, the DSA band performed in London, England in April 2001.
The late Platinum Recording Artist and Star Search Alumnus, Aaliyah Haughton is a 1997 graduate from the Detroit High School for the Fine and Performing Arts. She was nominated for two Grammy Awards and three NAACP Awards. She had two successful films, “Romeo Must Die”, and Ann Rice’s “The Queen of the Damned". The beautifully remodeled performance hall was renamed in her honor.
We are so very excited for educational, professional, and economical growth thru the doors of DSA, and I am so honored to have been chosen to help lead that change.
Principal, Detroit School of Arts (DSA)
Executive managed by Amonyet Enteprises