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About Elementary Music

All 4th and 5th grade students at NVUSD receive music instruction every week, choosing Band, Strings, or Vocal music. Classes are 40 minutes long and occur during regular school hours. Throughout the year your child will be required to participate in group performances, including end-of-year concerts and district-wide festivals.

Learning an instrument is challenging and takes time. How you can support your student:

  • Your encouragement and reminding your child to practice and to bring their instrument to class each week makes a considerable difference in their ability and facility on their instrument!
  • Many of the most successful students have someone who they play for at home and who continue to ask them to show and demonstrate what they are doing in music class. This support helps the students to solidify what they already know and what they need more work on for future lessons.
  • Each week your student will need to practice and keep a practice log. Your supportive ear will help them in completing this weekly assignment. 

Class Options

Please take the time to discuss these options with your child as s/he will be in this class for the entire year. Students are most successful when they make a commitment and stick with it for the entire year!

  • Band students will learn and perform on one of the following: flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, or trombone. Band students will not only learn to perform on their instrument, but they will also learn to read music notation. This includes reading of rhythms and also notes on the musical staff.     >  Elementary Band

  • Strings students will learn and perform on one of the following: the violin, viola, or cello. Strings students will not only learn how to perform on their instrument, but also they will learn to read music notation.  This includes reading of rhythms and also notes on the musical staff.     >  Elementary Strings

  • Vocal students will learn and perform music from around the world through singing, games and simple accompanying instruments. Vocal students will also learn to read music notation as well as solfege. This includes reading of rhythms and also notes on the musical staff.     >  Elementary Vocal

   

Local Music Stores

Music Connection

A program of the Napa Valley Education Foundation, Music Connection is located in room 105 of the NVUSD Education Center… The Music Connection is the only music store that offers scholarships for students unable to afford the cost of instrument rental.


Our three local music stores both do a great job of stocking our books and will gladly help you with questions about your instruments, etc.