MVUSD Visual & Performing ArtsMVUSD offers exceptional access to the visual and performing arts for all students including band, choir, drama, dance & visual arts.Check out our Calendar of Events, Elementary Band Directors pages or go to our high school websites for information on their music and arts programs and check out Horizons Unlimited which brings teaching artists and specialists into K-12 classrooms to share their talents and passions.In a survey of 41 school districts in Orange, Riverside, Ventura, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties by Southern California Public Radio, MVUSD was ranked the third highest district offering the most access to dance, visual arts, music and theater every year.
Arts education is not only a discipline of its own, it also reinforces learning and academic achievement in the other curricular areas. A report by "Americans for the Arts" found that young people who participate regularly in the arts are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement than those who do not participate.Carol Hernandez is the district's K-12 Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator. Before becoming the VAPA Coordinator, Hernandez taught in the district for 21 years. She taught Theater and P.E. at Dorothy McElhinney Middle School and served as a club advisor for Glee Club, Guitar Club and the Shakespeare Club.In 2013 Hernandez was a District Teacher of the Year. In 2014 she directed Vista Murrieta's production of Fiddler on the Roof. Hernandez has also produced and directed a full length feature film starring over 50 of her students and she wrote and produced a 2-hour musical presented by her students about bullying.Hernandez is a Board Member for Shakespeare in the Vines, and she has served as a judge for the Shakespeare Festival and the Inland Theater Family Series.Contact Info:
Posted: April 13, 2020
Murrieta Valley Unified School District joined the Alliance's Arts Now Communities program, a statewide network of districts and counties working to increase access to arts education in local public schools.In February of 2017, Riverside County Supervisor Chuck Washington, Murrieta Valley Unified School District (MVUSD) Superintendent Patrick Kelley, and Miyamoto Music Studio Director Susan Miyamoto hosted a group of 50 parents, teachers, school leaders, arts organizations and local businesses to launch the new effort.Carol Hernandez, MVUSD's Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Coordinator, presented on the amazing arts programs currently underway and invited attendees to participate in the district's upcoming strategic arts planning process, which aims to ensure that all students in the district have access to the arts.
The Arts Now Communities program offers coaching and training, communications tools and field-tested strategies for advancing arts education in California schools. Click here to go to the Alliance's Arts Now website.