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

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Contact Us

  • Coordinator
    Mindy Andrus
    (916) 294-2413 
    Admin. Assistant
    Lisa Vaca
    (916) 294-2413 x102240
  • Loaned Instrument Return: Due to COVID-19 and Selter in Place directives, we did  not collect instruments from each school site as we have in the past. We ask that parents/guardians make arrangements with Lisa Vaca to return any unreturned instruments. Lisa will return to the office on 7/23/20. Please email her at lvaca@fcusd.org. Please do not call our office as we are currently working from home and have limited access to voice mail.

    VAPA (Visual and Performing Arts) Summer Enrichment Camp 2021: Check back for more information in January 2021!

    Here are information and registration forms from past camps:

    VAPA Enrichement Camp Registration Form

    Elementary Music Program Information:

    Welcome to Elementary Music!  
    *Due to COVID-19, our program has been greatly impacted. We will be providing information about the 20-21 school year as we get closer to the re-opening of school. Please check back in August for more information.
    Here in information from the 19-20 school year:
    Your student will learn to play an instrument, read music, and perform in a group setting.  Below is an overview of our program. We look forward to working with you and introducing your student to the joy of music. Information will be emailed to you and sent home with your student during the first week of school.  Their teacher will send home a form for you to choose which class they will take.  See below and click on the 'Elementary Music' tab on the left of this page for details about our class offerings. 
    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, at eache school site, at the beginning of the school year.  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 week 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.