SUSD Music Program Overview

  • Music education for students begins in elementary school starting from TK/Kindergarten through 8th grade.

Elementary School Music Programs

  • Grades TK-5 General Music

    Music in elementary school focuses on listening, singing, following rhythms and beat, and exposure to different musical styles including folk, traditional, jazz and musical theater. Throughout the school year, students have the opportunity to play many musical instruments including the xylophone, the metallophone, the glockenspiel, unpitched percussion, and recorders (grades 4-5). Through this process of singing, playing and listening, students are introduced to the elements of music theory, all while gaining an appreciation for music.

    New for 2019-2020 is the addition of a digital music component to our existing TK - 5th grade program. Students will now be more engaged as they view interactive musical activities. These include listening maps and notated music with a bouncing beat to help students follow along more easily, detailed explanations of movement activities, listening selections, and background and historical information for every lesson.

    5th Grade Band

    Students in 5th grade have the option of either continuing on a general music track or selecting one of “The Big Four” band instruments where they can continue onto the middle school band track. Students are carefully guided to select either flute, clarinet, trumpet or baritone where they have practice one day a week during the regular school day. In addition, all band students from the three elementary sites are encouraged to attend the optional extra practice at Redwood middle school on Wednesday afternoons. 

    4th and 5th Grade Strings

    Elementary School String Orchestras Program (violin, viola, cello and string bass) is available after school for SUSD students in grades 4-5. Students may take part in Beginning Strings (no prior experience), Allegro Strings (advanced), and Scherzo (audition only). Scherzo students are part of Allegro Strings but may also participate in practices/concerts with the middle school Adagio ensemble.

Grade 1 Music Class

Middle School Music Programs

  • The Redwood Middle School Music Department oversees instrumental music from grades 4-8, as well as the choir and color guard/dance program for grades 6-8.

    Programs include:

    • Band:  woodwinds, brass, and percussion
      • Griffin Band, grades 6 and 7, year 2 level or equivalent proficiency
      • Concert and Symphonic Bands, grades 7 and 8 (audition needed for grade 6)
      • Marching Band, grades 7 and 8
      • Jazz Band, grades 7 and 8
    • Choir, grades 6, 7, and 8
    • Color Guard, grades 6, 7, and 8
    • Music Exploratory classes, grade 6
    • Strings: violin, viola, cello, and string bass
      • Adagio, Presto, and Vivace Strings, grades 6-8, by audition only
      • Chamber Strings, grades 7-8, audition only
RMS Marching Band
Choir performance