Fine Arts are alive and well at St. Didacus Parish School!! One feature of our school that we are very proud of is our preservation and proliferation of our Fine Arts experiences for our school children.  While many public schools have had to cut the arts programs in their schools, the Catholic School system has always recognized the importance of the arts in the ongoing development of the whole child.

Visual Art

Our children in grades 1-8 have a formal art class with an art teacher. Their curriculum has included the study of various artists, multiple techniques, and field trips.

  • 3rd graders take a field trip each year to Balboa Park Museum of Art
  • 7th graders go to the Getty Museum
  • Art is also incorporated into the daily curriculum in all subject areas under the direction of the classroom teachers.


  • Students in Preschool through 2nd grade explore music through a variety of songs, musical instruments, movement and rhythm exercises.
  • Students learn to read music by playing recorders in grades 3, 4, and 5.
  • 6th grade engages with the Classical Composers Series through a series of films that introduce young people to the world of Bach, Handel, Rossini, Liszt, Bizet, and Beethoven.
  • 7th graders are introduced to Jazz through the Jazz for Young People Written by: Wynton Marsalis and produced by “Jazz at Lincoln Center.”
  • 8th graders spend the year immersed in the study of the American Musical including: Fiddler on the Roof, The Music Man, My Fair Lady, Sound of Music, The King and I.
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