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Music

VAPA Music

The San Diego Unified School District offers standards-based music instruction to students of all ages. We also provide a multitude of additional music performance opportunities such as district showcases and honor ensembles.

VISIT THE VAPA SCHOOLS MAP TO FIND OUT WHICH SCHOOLS OFFER MUSIC

ELEMENTARY: California Ed Code states, "The adopted course of study for grades 1 to 6, inclusive, shall include instruction, beginning in grade 1 and continuing through grade 6, in the following areas of study: ... Visual and performing arts, including instruction in the subjects of dance, music, theatre, and visual arts, aimed at the development of aesthetic appreciation and the skills of creative expression."

Elementary students receive a standards-based grade each progress report in performing arts. Students may receive instruction and assessment in music through:

  • A weekly general music class at each grade level, for elementary schools who have selected music as their prep-time enrichment offering.
  • The VAPA Department provides all elementary students with either 5th grade Intro to Music or 4th/5th Full Grade Level programs, in which students may sing and/or play instruments. 
  • Eight music lessons at elementary schools who are providing classroom teacher collaboration time through the Arts Education Project.
  • Regular incorporation by their elementary classroom teacher.

SECONDARYMiddle schools and high schools offer pathways in band, orchestra, choir, jazz ensemble, piano, or guitar, depending on the school site. Some high schools also offer introductory music appreciation or advanced AP music theory classes. 

2022 music poster

For more information about music as academic content, please see the California Arts Standards for Music (2019) and the California Visual and Performing Arts Framework (2020).

CONTACT US

Anne Fennell
Program Manager - Music K-12

afennell1@sandi.net
858-256-2705
 
Laura Williams
Choral & General Music Resource Teacher

lwilliams5@sandi.net
858-496-1726