Welcome to the Elementary Music, Art, and Physical Education Department

Contact Us

  • Coordinator
    Mindy Andrus
    (916) 294-2413 
    Admin. Assistant
    Lisa Vaca
    (916) 294-2413 x102240
  • Welcome to Elementary Music, Art & PE! 

    Welcome to Elementary Music! We are excited to bring back in person instruction to all 21 of our elememtary schools. We see that many of the restrictions around the performing arts have been modified. While we know that 21-22 will still look a little different, we are excited to bring our instrument program back. We have been planning for the known modifications, but won't know everyting until we get much closer to the beginning of the school year. 

    For our Instrument Music classes (Strings/Band), we will spend the first 4-6 weeks of school engaging in music theory, music course choice, instrument selection, instrument use, care and more. We will bring back our intrument loaner program for 21-22. We are currently working on a pilot online resevation and contract program for both string and band instruments. We ask that parents make a donation of $40. for the cleaning, upkeep and repair of instruments. There will be a link provided at a later date. We plan to deliver instruments directly to local schools so parents don't have to come to the ESC to borrow. (Details at the bottom of this webpage.)

    For our General Music classes, we will spend the first 4-6 weeks of school engaging in music theory, course choice, vocal and more. Recorders and books will be delvered directly to local schools, again so parents don't have to come to the ESC. We plan to begin using recorders after students make their course choice. If your child already has a recorder and/or book, they may continue using it this year. (Details at the bottom of this webpage.)

    We are using an online platform called Quaver Music next year, which is designed for elementary students. We are incorporating links to Quaver in our units of instruction. We will also provide access to an onlince platform and 'Be a Recorder Star', to help 4th and 5th grade students learn how to play the recorder. These are great additional resources for students, families and teachers to learn and enjoy music!

    We look forward to being back on campus and will share more as we get closer to the opeing of the new school year. 


    VAPA (Visual and Performing Arts) Summer Enrichment Camp 2022: Please check back in February 2022 for information about VAPA Summer Enrichment Camp 2022.


    Spring Chorale 2022! Save the dates!

    5/2/22 Rehearsal at the Jill Solberg Theater located at Folsom High School

    5/9/22 Parent Performances at the Jill Solberg Theater located at Folsom High School

    Check back for details in the fall of 2021


    Elementary PE:

    We are excited to be back on campus for the 21-22 school year! Your teachers have greatly missed being active on campus fand can't wait to get back to teaching in person! You may see a different PE teacher at your school this year as there have been a few changes with our teachers. All of our PE teachers are highly qualified and excited to be back at school and working with our students. 

    The PE schedule for your child will be shared at the beginning of the school year. Please remember to have your child wear comfortable clothing and appropriate footwear on PE days. 

    For more information about PE, Please click on the tab to the left labeled 'Elementary PE'.


    Elementary Music Program Information:

    Music is part of the curriculum for all 4th & 5th grade students. Families can choose General Music or an Instrument class as listed below:
    • 4th Grade Students:
      • General Music (Recorder, singing, movement) This option is very good for students who plan to take band in 5th grade.
      • Beginning Strings (Violin, Viola, or Cello) This option is a pre-requisite for Intermediate Strings.
    • 5th Grade Students:
      • General Music (Recorder, singing, movement) This option is very good for student who plan to take choir in middle school.
      • Intermediate Strings (Violin, Viola, or Cello)
      • Beginning Band (Clarinet, Flute, Trombone, or Trumpet)

    General Music classes: Your child will learn to play the recorder, sing move and engage in a group performance. Recorders and books will be given out at each school site, at the beginning of the school year after student course choice has been made.  If your child is interested in playing a band instrument in 5th grade, we suggest that they take General Music in 4th grade. 

    Instrument classes: Your child will learn to play an instrument, learn basic music theory and engage in a group performance. Instrument classes take commitment on the part of your child and family. Students are required to practice daily at home. We ask that your child commit to play the instrument for the entire school year. Your child will need an instrument for this class. We also recommend a floor stand for practice at home. Books will be given out at the beginning of the school year.  We have a limited number of stands available for purchase at the beginning of the school year. 

    Obtaining an Instrument:

    • You may buy an instrument or may already own one. Please purchase your instrument from a reputable music store. We do not suggest that you purchase an instrument online or from a big box store. The quality of the instruments are sometimes not good and may not be repairable if damaged.  Please be sure it is one of the instruments listed above. We don't offer instruction in any instruments other than the ones listed above.
    • You may rent an instrument from a private local music vendor. (See below.)
    • You may borrow from the FCUSD Instrument Loaner program. Information about our loaner instruments is sent home with students during the first few weeks of school. We have a limited number of each instrument. We can not guarantee that your child will receive their first instrument choice.
    • General Music recorders and all books can be borrowed or purchased.

    Here are some local private music stores for rentals:

    Tim’s Music



    Kline Music



    The Nicholson Music Co.



    Northridge Music Rentals


    FCUSD Instrument Loaner Information:

    Students will receive an information/letter, with their loaner information, the first week of school. It will be sent home with your child. If you are wanting a string instrument, your child must be measured. We will need to measure your child as there are several sizes of string instruments.  

    The Music Department asks for a one time, voluntary $40 donation for all district instruments loaned to students.  These donations are used to maintain and repair instruments as needed. 
    Floor stands for Instrument clases may be purchased for $15.00. Desktop stands for General Music classes may be purchased for $5.00 through our music Teachers. Stands may be purchased at local music stores, online, etc.