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Music Program

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The following table summarizes the music program in the Davis Joint Unified School District. The information provided here apply only to those schools noted. Visit the Frequently Asked Questions, and please contact your school for site-specific information.

School-owned instruments are provided for students in the DJUSD school music program as necessary.

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  Orchestra Band Choir
Elementary The strings program begins in 4th grade, 30 minutes once/week, with choice of violin, viola, & cello. Attendance is voluntary and on a  pull-out basis. String bass may be pursued in 5th or 6th grade. Students are ability-grouped based on proficiency. Parent attendance at a September meeting required for participation. Sixth graders may participate in All-city Elementary Orchestra after one year of playing experience. Begins in 5th grade, 30 minutes once/week, choice of flute, clarinet, trumpet, alto sax, and percussion. Attendance is on a  pull-out basis. Students are ability-grouped based on proficiency. Parent attendance at a September meeting required for participation. Sixth graders may participate in All-city Elementary Band after one year of playing experience. Maybe available at some sites, before or after school; support stipends provided by the Davis School Arts Foundation.
Junior High Schools Each site hosts a 7th grade intermediate orchestra and an 8th/9th grade advanced orchestra. Open to students with at least one year prior experience. Each campus has at least two concert bands and one jazz band. Open to students with at least one year prior experience. Admission to jazz band by teacher’s consent. Each campus has at least one choir, two if enrollment is high enough. Open to all students with no experience required.
Davis Senior High School By audition only: Symphony Orchestra and Baroque Ensemble. No audition is required for Chamber Orchestra, though prior experience is necessary. By audition only: Symphonic Band and Jazz Band. No audition is required for Concert Band, though prior experience is necessary. By audition only: Jazz Choir, Madrigals & Advanced Treble Choir. No audition is required for Concert Choir and no prior experience is required. Musical theater productions are a collaboration between the Drama Department and the Jazz Choir director.

Frequently Asked Questions

1.  What is the elementary music program?
The elementary music program is instrumental music instruction offered in grades 4 through 6.  Beginning in 5th grade, students may opt for instruction on certain traditional band instruments – trumpet, trombone, flute, clarinet, alto sax, or percussion – or may also choose to learn string bass in addition to the other string instrument options. Students will miss 30 minutes of class time per week for music instruction with the music teacher.  Students will be responsible for completing any missed classwork.  Music instruction is a small group lesson.  Students are expected to practice weekly assignments at home on their instruments.

2.  Are school instruments available?
Yes, school instruments are provided to students who need them in order to participate.

3.   What are the advantages of participating in the music program?
It offers an opportunity for musical and performing arts experience.  It gives students another social connection and a positive team environment in a school setting.  Students can learn about habits of daily practice toward achievement of long-term success.  It can also build students' confidence in a public presentation setting.

4.  How does my child begin in the elementary music program?
All students in grades 4 through 6 attend a school assembly prior to the parent meetings during which students are introduced to the various instruments and are given further information to take home to parents. To begin in the elementary music program, parents are required to attend a parent meeting in early September. The program is described in detail, forms are filled out and turned in, and families have the option to ask music vendors about renting or buying instruments. Parents whose students will require a school-provided instrument may contact the music teacher at their school site at any time.

5.  Can my child wait until junior high school or high school to join band or orchestra?
Junior high school band and orchestra classes expect at least one year of experience prior to joining in 7th grade. Students who participate in the elementary music program would have the needed experience to join the junior high instrumental groups. Students who have equivalent experience through private lessons could also join in junior high school.

6.   What about choir?
At this time choir is not a standard part of the school day curriculum in the elementary schools. Some elementary schools have before or after school choir programs funded through site or PTO money. School day choir instruction begins in 7th grade and is open to students who have no prior experience.


Reference: California State Music Content Standards