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! 

    We are enjoying the 20-21 school year and we are embracing Distance Learning. We are happy to announce that Elementary Music Education includes grades TK-5 while we are in the Distance Learning phase! Our team of music teachers are working hard to create fun and exciting music lessons that can be accessed at any time that is convenient for families. Lessons archive on our Google Site, so don't worry about missing one! We will be posting new lessons for each grade level on Tuesday and Thursday to our Elementary Music Google site. The site was emailed out via blackboard connect to all families the first week of school. If you need the link, please contact your school Principal, classroom teacher or email Lisa Vaca at lvaca@fcusd.org.

    The lessons will include direct instruction from our teachers and a follow up activity. Our teachers updated their Google Classrooms for 4th and 5th grade students early September and began teaching Music theory and the recorder. All 4th and 5th grade students have received a recorder and book, and will learn how to play this year. Contact your school site Administrative Assistant if your child needs a recorder and/or book.

    While we are in the Distance Learning phase, we will be pausing band and string instrument instruction. Students don't need to worry about any prerequisites in Middle School as we have been in close communication with our secondary music teachers. There are no pre-requisites to music in Middle School for the 21-22 school year. All students will be able to start learning an instrument in 6th grade. We have collaborated with our secondary music teaching team, to design a rich fundamental program that will transfer easily to secondary music instruction. Our focus will be on music theory, note recognition, genre, history, singing, movement and more! We look forward to introducing band and string instruction at a later date. We hope that during the 21-22 school year, we will be allowed to bring back our instrument program.

    We are using an online platform called Quaver Music this year, which is designed for elementary students. We are incorporating links to Quaver inour lessons each week. 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 are enjoying a wonderful world in music this year!

    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. 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: FCUSD proudly announces that we will be offering our Elementary VAPA Camp in person this year! The camp will run from 6/7/21 to 6/18/21 at Folsom High School. More information to come!

    Here is the information flyer and the online registration form: (TBD)


    Spring Chorale! 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



    19-20 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.