Activities

Band
Vista Highlands Band Program strives to prepare college prep students in all essential aspects of music performance and education. The music program includes instruction in choral music, instrumental music, music history, and music theory. Vista Highlands School has an extensive music library which provides opportunities for student directed research and scholarship. In addition to academic musicianship, the music program offers performances during each term. Students enjoy performing and sharing their talents with the community.{{Vista Highlands Band Program strives to prepare college prep students in all essential aspects of music performance and education.Vista Highlands Band Program strives to prepare college prep students in all essential aspects of music performance and education.Vista Highlands Band Program strives to prepare college prep students in all essential aspects of music performance and education.Vista Highlands Band Program strives to prepare college prep students in all essential aspects of music performance and education.Vista Highlands Band Program strives to prepare college prep students in all essential aspects of music performance and education.Vista Highlands Band Program strives to prepare college prep students in all essential aspects of music performance and education.}}
Fine Arts
Participating in the arts enriches the lives of our students. At Vista Highlands School, we offer experiences in visual arts, music, and theatre. These opportunities give students a chance to explore their interests and maximize their creativity.
At Vista Highlands School, both in our core classes, and in the arts, our students are taught to appreciate the process and not just the product of their thinking, assignments, and projects. We encourage creativity. Our Arts Department classes are a unique place to nurture this skill.
Creativity is the ability to innovate, invent, and solve problems. Classes such as theatre, music, and visual arts are an opportune time for students to experiment with invention and ask themselves, “How can this be better?” The creative process allows our prep school students a chance to problem-solve and make decisions about their work. In all arts classes, students interpret, criticize, and use information to make choices. We teach students skills that colleges and employers look for in their applicants. They want people who are able to think openly, who know what to do without directions, and who can look at challenges in new and innovative ways. As a top college preparatory school in Reno, Nevada, Vista Highlands teaches these creative skills that prepare students as they continue their education at a university or college and someday into a career.
Students’ attention today is greatly fragmented by media influences and the temptations of consumption. It is oftentimes easier to consume something than it is to produce something. Participation in arts classes, shows, concerts, and productions teach students to be mindful, creative, and connected with those around them.
Music
In its most general form, the activities describing music as an art form or cultural activity include the creation of works of music (songs, tunes, symphonies, and so on), the criticism of music, the study of the history of music, and the aesthetic examination of music. Ancient Greek and Indian philosophers defined music as tones ordered horizontally as melodies and vertically as harmonies. Common sayings such as "the harmony of the spheres" and "it is music to my ears" point to the notion that music is often ordered and pleasant to listen to. However, 20th-century composer John Cage thought that any sound can be music, saying, for example, "There is no noise, only sound."
The creation, performance, significance, and even the definition of music vary according to culture and social context. Indeed, throughout history, some new forms or styles of music have been criticized as "not being music", including Beethoven's Grosse Fuge string quartet in 1825, early jazz in the beginning of the 1900s and hardcore punk in the 1980s.There are many types of music, including popular music, traditional music, art music, music written for religious ceremonies and work songs such as chanteys. Music ranges from strictly organized compositions–such as Classical music symphonies from the 1700s and 1800s, through to spontaneously played improvisational music such as jazz, and avant-garde styles of chance-based contemporary music from the 20th and 21st centuries.
Athletics
Athletics as an extra-curricular activity is an integral part of our students’ education and growth at Vista Highlands School. Participating in athletics provides physical, emotional, and social growth while helping college prep students get to know each other in the spirit of friendly competition.
Vista Highlands School is committed to excellence in athletics as part of a larger commitment to excellence in education. The mission of Vista Highlands athletics is to provide an environment that supports the educational objectives, academic progress, and general welfare of student-athletes and allows them to engage in competitive athletic programs while promoting the principles of sportsmanship and ethical conduct.
Vista Highlands School offers both boys and girls team sports for students in middle and high school Grades 5-12. Our sports program is unique. Students have the opportunity to begin participating in a variety of sports beginning in Grade 5. Vista Highlands competes in the TAH-NEVA league in Middle School sports and is a member of the NIAA, the governing body for high school sports. In total, we offer 18 different team opportunities for student athletes.
Vista Highlands School athletic programs provide students who have the skills, commitment, time, and dedication the opportunity to participate at a competitive level. Athletes develop life skills that emphasize personal growth, teamwork, and sportsmanship.

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