Students are compelled to go to school and study reading, math, science and other mandatory classes. Sometimes students find these classes interesting, but other times the classes are pure drudgery. Their favorite classes are the ones they choose to take for most of the students. Graduation plans include a mix of required courses and guidelines for picking electives. Teachers of elective classes have some students who do not want to be there, but for the most part, students opt for these classes so all students have to take electives. The ones merely fulfilling an obligation on a graduation plan do not stay around for more than a year or two. They meet their obligations and move on. The ones who  seldom give teachers trouble are the ones that stay for all four year of high school or discover the elective later their high school careers and stick with it  One category of elective classes is fine arts. Students learn to do things that have intrinsic artistic value. Students learn to make music, create an original painting or play a role in a production of Shakespeare. Teachers help students discover and develop talents they never would have found in required classes.

Fine arts careers in public education

Elementary music teachers formally introduce children to musical concepts. Children take a break from their primary teacher a few times a week to attend music class where they learn things like keeping a constant beat, distinguishing among pitches and singing the correct note at the correct time. Music lessons must be age-appropriate. Students quickly disengage from lessons that are too easy and become frustrated with lessons that are too difficult. For their students, elementary music teachers ensure their curricula pose appropriate challenges. These early classes give students a foundation for developing their musical talent in later grade levels. Choral directors instruct vocal music classes and sponsor school choirs. They prepare these choirs, smaller vocal ensembles and soloists for performances and contests. Very few students are the next Josh Groban or Adele; choral directors, however, help each student develop his or her individual talent and incorporate themselves into ensembles of varying sizes. Choral directors primarily teach middle school and high school students. Band directors teach instrumental music classes and oversee school bands. They help students select which instruments to play, help students become better players and conduct the band during.  Band directors must be able to guide players of all band instruments from piccolo to tuba.  Bands and band members can compete in full band, ensemble and solo competitions just like choirs. High school bands perform at football games, graduations and other community events.  Art teachers instruct students of all grade levels in creating different types of art.  Art teachers present new and more difficult challenges as students age and develop their reasoning and physical skills. They encourage students to explore new mediums of artistic expression and find deeper meaning in the art they observe and create.