• Elementary Music Program

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    Description of Music Classes Offered at all FCUSD Elementary Schools

    General Music (Reqiured for all 4th & 5th grade students): Families may choose to place their child in an instrument class instead of General Music. 

    General Music offers basic instruction in music theory, listening, rhythm, movement, singing, and recorder playing and open to all students.  Students will be provided with a book and recorder in their music class.  Desktop stands (not required) can be purchased from the music teachers for $5.00.  The Recorder book is called Be a Recorder Super Star, Ed Sueda, by Macie Publishing Company.
     

    Beginning Strings (Optional & open to 4th grade students):

    If your child chooses to take Beginning Strings, they can choose from Violin, Viola, or Cello.  This class includes introductory instruction on the care of the instrument, reading music, technique, and tone production.  There is a limited number of District instruments available for borrowing.  Daily home practice of 15-20 minutes is necessary for progress and continued success in orchestra.  All for Strings, Book 1 is the music book this class and will be given to each student by the music teacher.  Purchase of a folding music stand is also recommended, but not required.  Spring concerts will showcase all that students have learned throughout the year.  It is necessary to take Beginning Orchestra in 4th grade, if your student wishes to move into Intermediate Orchestra in the 5th grade.
     

    Intermediate Strings (Optional & open to 5th grade students who have taken Beginning Strings):

    Intermediate Strings students will continue with their Violin, Viola, or Cello from the previous year.  This class includes more advanced instruction in reading music, technique, and tone production.  This class is not required, but a choice and there is a limited number of District instruments available for borrowing. Daily home practice of 15-20 minutes is necessary for progress and continued success in orchestra.  The music book used is All for Strings, Book 1. The students will have this book from the prior year.  Purchase of a folding music stand is also recommended, but not required.  Spring concerts will showcase all that students have learned throughout the year.  It is necessary that a student has taken Beginning Orchestra in 4th grade in order to enroll in this class.
     

    Beginning Band (Optional & open to 5th grade students):

    Beginning Band students can choose from Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet or Trombone.  Students are taught how to read music, how to properly hold and play their instrument, the fundamentals of getting a sound out of their instrument, and how to care for and clean their instrument.  There is a limited number of District instruments available for borrowing.  Daily home practice of 15-20 minutes is necessary for progress and continued success in band.  Standard of Excellence, Book 1 is the music book this class and will be given to each student by the music teacher.  Purchase of a folding music stand is also recommended, but not required.  Spring concerts will showcase all that students have learned throughout the year.