Starting in middle school, students have the exciting opportunity to begin or continue a life-long musical journey of playing an instrument or singing through our band, orchestra and choir programs.
Learn more about the music programs that are offered in SoWashCo Schools through band, choir and orchestra below.
For students in middle school, band fulfills the required music performance elective in 6th and 7th grades. From there, curricular opportunities continue in 8th Grade, at the high school level and beyond.
It is important to note that Band is a year-long commitment. The rate of student growth is varied and significant growth can take several months.
Starting in sixth grade, students have the opportunity to enroll in choir class as part of their regular school day. Singing in choir is a wonderful way to develop valuable skills such as musicianship, teamwork, persistence and collaboration towards a common goal. By participating in choir, students will become part of a positive and welcoming community of young musicians.
Orchestra is a curricular class offered in grades 6-12 in which students learn to play the violin, viola, cello, or string bass. This includes individual and ensemble skills as well as music literacy and theory in both a large ensemble setting and in small group lessons. In addition, students participating in orchestra will learn teamwork, responsibility, commitment, perseverance, self-motivation, and independence. Through participation in orchestra students will engage in a variety of meaningful, enjoyable, and rewarding musical experiences, including performance opportunities at all levels.