All students in grades 1-2 receive general music instruction weekly.
Students participate in an exploratory wheel. The year is divided into trimesters and the courses in which students participate are violin, recorder, and choir.
Music class take place weekly for 45 minutes each and students all participate in the same curriculum, rotating through the wheel with an assigned group. Music classes are divided into three equal size groups and students remain in the same group for the entire year. Classroom teachers determine the groups.
The music wheel allows third graders to broaden their musical experiences, and gives them a stronger reference for selecting their music pathway for fourth and fifth grade.
Fourth and fifth grade music is a two-year program. Students remain in their chosen class (Strings/Band/Choir) for two years, giving them the opportunity to build their skills and achieve mastery.
The Honor Band is made up of the most advanced band students selected from each elementary school in the district. This performance-based ensemble provides students with the opportunity to take the skills they have been practicing on their instruments, both individually and in class, and apply them to a group setting. In addition, it gives those who are at the head of their music classes an extra set of challenges and motivation that will lead to continued success at the next developmental levels.
Any student currently participating in 4th or 5th grade band class is welcome and encouraged to audition for the Honor Band. An enthusiastic, hard working attitude is essential for any potential Honor Band member. Students who are accepted must be willing and able to practice additional music that will be more advanced than the music they are receiving in their weekly music class. Also of note is that, although the Honor Band is comprised of mixed grade levels, the majority of Honor Band students are in the 5th grade. As such, the instructional style and dynamics of the rehearsals are geared toward the maturity level of 5th graders.
Auditions take place around the beginning of December. The Honor Band normally begins its weekly 2 hour practices in January where they are assisted by a select group of High School mentors.
4th & 5th students participate in an end-of-year concert at each of the Elementary sites. In addition, alumni musicians from each Elementary school come back to participate in these concerts.
Additionally, there is an All District Band Concert held in February at the Mira Costa Auditorium where the Honor Band performs.