Every child at Mira Catalina receives 30 weeks of music instruction, thanks to the generosity of the Peninsula Education Foundation. Debra Shrader, MA Music Education, teaches all students TK-3rd grade. They all receive instruction in singing, folk dancing, playing percussion instruments, Orff-Schulwerk barred instruments, and drum circles. In 3rd grade, all students learn to play the recorder.
4th and 5th graders have the opportunity to choose instrument instruction with specialists in their musical family choice (strings, woodwinds, and brass). While beginning instrument instruction, students may also enroll in either a string ensemble or wind ensemble that meets before or after school once a week. 4th and 5th grade students who choose general music continue their instruction in singing, recorder, classroom drums and percussion, and Orff-Schulwerk barred instruments.
The Friends of School Music also provides singing performance opportunities for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students in a before or after-school chorus once a week. The chorus joins with other PVPUSD Elementary Schools for an annual spring concert at the Norris Theatre.
Contact Debra Shrader at extension 18216 for more information.