Music in elementary schools

‌All students in kindergarten to sixth grade attend Elementary Classroom Music, where they learn fundamental music concepts and apply this knowledge in many activities — listening, performing and creating.


Students in kindergarten through fifth grade receive one hour of instruction per week, usually presented in two 30 minute classes. Sixth-graders receive one 30 minute class per week. Most sixth-grade students also choose to receive additional music instruction by joining sixth grade band or orchestra.


Classroom Music teaches:

  • an appreciation of music of varying styles and cultures
  • singing a variety of folk and composed songs
  • playing instruments
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  • dance
  • music reading skills
  • music terminology and concepts


6th grade band & orchestra

Sixth-graders have an opportunity to participate in elective band or orchestra. These programs introduce students to traditional instrumental ensembles and prepare them for middle and high school music.

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Extracurricular opportunities

Many elementary schools have before or after school performing groups such as choir or recorder ensembles. Contact the classroom music teacher at a particular school for more information.


Festivals and honor groups

Elementary students have opportunities to participate in festivals and honor groups for band, orchestra, choir and more. More about Festivals »

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