Davis Joint Unified School District --
Elementary Music Program
Frequently asked questions:
1. What is the elementary music
elementary music program is instrumental music instruction offered in
grades 4 through 6. Beginning in 4th
grade students may opt for instruction on stringed instruments --
violin, viola, cello. Beginning in 5th
grade, students may opt for instruction on certain traditional band
instruments – trumpet, trombone, flute, clarinet, alto sax, or
percussion – or may also choose to learn string bass in addition to the
other string instrument options.
is 30 minutes once per week in a pullout model, meaning that students
will miss 30 minutes of class time per week to
have music instruction. Students will need
to work out a way with the classroom teacher to complete any missed
classwork. The music instruction is in the
form of a small group lesson. Students are
expected to practice weekly assignments at home on their instruments.
2. Are school instruments
school instruments are available to families who need them in order to
3. Why do families
appreciate the music program?
it offers an opportunity for performing arts experience.
Particularly in secondary grades it gives students social
connection and a positive team environment in a school setting. It teaches students about habits of daily
practice to achieve longterm success. It
develops the ability to present one’s self in public.
4. How does my child start up in
the elementary music program?
order to start in the elementary music program, parents are required to
parent meeting in early September. The program is described in detail,
forms are filled out and turned in, and
families have the option to ask music vendors about renting or buying
in grades 4 to 6 attend a school assembly prior to the parent
that time students are introduced to the various instruments and are
given further information to take home to parents.
5. Can my child wait until
junior high school or high school to
join band or orchestra?
high school band and orchestra classes expect at least one to two years
of experience prior to joining in 7th grade.
Students who participate in the elementary music program would
have the needed experience to join the junior high instrumental groups.
Students who have equivalent experience
through private lessons could also join in junior high school.
6. What about choir?
this time choir is not a standard part of the school day curriculum in
the elementary schools. Some elementary
schools have before or after school choir programs funded through site
or PTO money.
day choir instruction begins in 7th grade and is open to
students who have no prior experience.
7. What music program
options are available at the