Music plays an essential role in the education of all students. Music is a unique language
for expression… Music is intellectually stimulating and challenging… Music is part of
every culture, and its place in each culture is significant.
—from California’s Visual and Performing Arts Framework
Music is basic in the learning experience for all students in the elementary and secondary schools of California. A balanced and comprehensive education program requires that music be included as a discrete discipline in the visual and performing arts curriculum. California is rich in cultural diversity with a population that represents all regions of the world. Strong music education programs contribute significantly to the development of knowledge, understanding and appreciation of this society in which we live. Effective music instruction is organized to respond to this need and must meet this challenge.
For a list of Music Courses with descriptions please see the Course Selection Guide.
|A Choir||10||9-12||f||Audition or approval of instructor|
|Advanced Treble Choir||10||9-12||f||Audition or approval of instructor|
|Concert Band||10||9-12||f||Approval of instructor|
|AP Music Theory||10||10-12||f||Ability to read music|
|Orchestra||10||9-12||f||Audition or approval of instructor|
|Small Mixed Vocal Ensembles||10||11-12||f||Audition|
|Symphonic Band||10||9-12||f||Audition or approval of instructor|
|Wind Ensemble||10||10-12||f||Audition or approval of instructor
High School Graduation Requirements
Music is an elective under Fine Arts. A student must earn 10 credits in two out of three selective elective areas (Fine Arts, World Languages and Applied Academics). For example, if a student earns 10 credits in a music course (Fine Arts) he/she would still need 10 credits from either World Languages or Applied Academics to satisfy the graduation requirement.
f. Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) – 1 year required.
A student must earn 10 credits and a grade of "C" or higher in a single, yearlong approved VPA course.