Our music program is led by Mr. Nathan Elias-Kocivar. He has also taught beginning and advanced band at San Diego High School. He's been a musician his whole life and earned his B.A. in Music from UCSC. He's taught music to children of all ages in a variety of settings, grades K-12. He plays many instruments, genres, and has a strong background in music theory, jazz, and music technology.
How Does the Roosevelt Music Program Enhance the Experience of our Music Student?
San Diego Symphony
- Our students attend the Symphony’s Young Peoples’ Concerts at Copley Symphony Hall. Before the concert, a volunteer music docent presents an overview of the concert, composers and music to deepen the student experience.
Through a collaborative effort, professional musicians from the Symphony come into our classroom to provide instruction and inspiration to our students.
Opportunities To Perform, Which Increases Student Self-Confidence:
- Winter and Spring concerts are performed for fellow students, parents and the community
- Assembly-type performances at our Elementary Neighboring Schools
- Concert at SONO Chili Fest in North Park and Roosevelt Open House in the spring.
Participation in festivals with opportunities for feedback from professional musicians:
- Participation in the Forum Music Festivals, ending in a day at Knott’s Berry Farm (2019)
- Participation in the Coronado JazzFest where our students receive expert coaching from respected jazz teachers/musicians. (2019)
How Does Our Music Program Heighten The Overall Experience of All Roosevelt Students?
- All Roosevelt students are invited to attend programs performed by musicians who use didactics, performance, and Q&A to both teach and entertain.
- Examples of recent programs include a Drum Demonstration by the Center for World Music, “Jazz, An American Art Form”- an educational program focusing on the history of Jazz, and an interactive performance given by four musicians from the SD Symphony.
- All Roosevelt students are invited to attend our Winter and Spring concerts during the school day.
How does this all happen?