Every student receives 30 weeks of music instruction, with singing, dancing, playing percussion instruments (Orff and other), and listening to a wide variety of musical genres. Music instruction provides benefits beyond the academic day, supporting both reading and math comprehension, and the social emotional learning that comes from community participation.
Third, fourth, and fifth graders are invited to participate in chorus before school once a week. They learn to sing in beautifully, both in unison and in harmony. The chorus program ends in a multi-school culminating concert at the Norris Theatre in the spring.
Fourth and fifth graders may choose either core (general) music or instrumental lessons for their music time. The choices of instruments include flute, woodwinds, brass, or strings, taught by qualified specialists in those areas. Two ensembles (winds and strings) meet before or after school to add opportunities that lead to an experience in band or orchestra.