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 elementary schools. While we know that 22-23 will look a little different, we are excited to bring back our General Music program and Instrument Instruction when we are able to do so. 

    Due to the current teacher shortage, the Elementary Music program has been temporarily altered at this time. We will be pausing our instrument program for the time being. Our music program is built on having 11 full time music teachers which are split into 3 teams. Each of the 3 teams serves 7 different schools. Currently, we have only 8 teachers, so we are not fully staffed. In order to offer instrument instruction with student choice, we need to be fully staffed. We will be teaching General Music and engaging in theory, rhythm, note recognition and more. As soon as we are able to hire more music teachers, we plan to bring instrument instruction back immediately.

    All 4th and 5th grade students are engaged in General Music. They are learning music theory, vocal music, course choice, percussion, instrument families, genre, and so much more. These General Music lessons will apply significantly, should they choose to learn an instrument at a later date. 

    We are using an online platform called Quaver Music, which is designed for elementary students. We are incorporating links to Quaver into our units of instruction.These are great additional resources for students, families and teachers to learn and enjoy music!

    Once we are fully staffed, we can bring instrument instruction back to the classroom. We will introduce a new online reservation 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 them. (Details about our program can be found at the bottom of this webpage.)

    VAPA (Visual and Performing Arts) Summer Enrichment Camp 2023: The camp runs from 6/5/23-6/16/23 and will most likely be held at Gold Ridge Elementary School. Our camp runs in the morning, from 8:15-11:45 am. We ask for a $400. donation per student for the 2 week camp. The registration will open on 3/27/23 at 4:00 pm and is open to all currently enrolled 5th grade students. Spaces are limited and will open to 4th grade students, if there is room. 

    Spring Chorale 2023  

    May, 2023 Rehearsal at the Jill Solberg Theater located at Folsom High School

    May, 2023 Parent Performances at the Jill Solberg Theater located at Folsom High School

    Check back for details in January 2023

    Elementary PE:

    We are excited about being on campus for the 22-23 school year! You may see a different PE teacher at your school this year as there have been a few changes to our teaching assignments. All of our PE teachers are highly qualified and excited to be working with our students. 

    The PE schedule for your child was 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 22-23 (Once we are fully staffed):

    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 recommended 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 recommended for students 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 choices have 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. 

    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. 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 are provided to all students in General Music classes.

    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:  

    We will be introducing a new online reservation system for our loaned instruments. Instruments will be delivered directly to schools, so parents don't have to come to the district office to borrow. More details will be provided prior to the program beginning.
    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 classes 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.