Arts education at Blue Ridge Early College benefits both students and society, because students of the arts disciplines gain powerful tools for:
- understanding human experiences, both past and present;
- teamwork and collaboration;
- making decisions creatively and solving problems, when no prescribed answers exist;
- adapting to and respecting others' diverse ways of thinking, working, and expressing themselves;
- understanding the influence of the arts and their power to create and reflect cultures;
- analyzing nonverbal communication, and making informed judgments about products and issues; and,
- communicating effectively.
Students in grades 7 and 8 may choose music as one of their special area classes. In the fall semester, the middle school music class focuses on vocal music in combination with the high school vocal class. In the spring semester, middle school students may select General Music where they sample different instruments and strengthen their music-reading ability and music knowledge.
Students in grades 9-12 may choose to specialize in either instrumental or vocal music. During the fall semester, these two classes are taught separately. In the spring, all music students are combined into one class. Keyboard instruction is included in the curriculum for both instrumental and vocal students. Instrumentalists are grouped in combo situations to explore various genres of music including folk, bluegrass, rock, country, classical, and world music. High school students take part in performances on and off campus.
Junior Appalachian Musicians meets at Blue Ridge on Monday afternoons offering instruction in guitar, banjo, fiddle, and mandolin to students in grades 7-12.
BREC offers Art Exploratory courses for 7th and 8th graders, as well as Visual Arts I, II, and III for high school students.