School Programs » Music


Every child gets an opportunity to play xylophones, drums, guitars, and other percussion instruments.  We learn dances from around the world and create our own music.  We listen to classical music and identify the elements of music that we hear.

Music is so important for our children.  In music classes at Mar Vista, our students are challenged to make connections with the stories and the cultures of the music that they learn.  There are language arts, science, and math connections in weekly lessons.  And above all this, music class is a place where children can express themselves and learn to love to perform.

The music curriculum is comprised of a balanced and sequential program of singing, playing instruments, listening to music, improvising and composing, and moving to music.  Also included are learning experiences designed to develop the ability to read music, use the notation and terminology of music, analyze and describe music, make informed evaluations concerning music, and understand music and music practices in relation to history and culture and to other disciplines in the curriculum.

Our highly qualified music teachers love teaching music and take great joy in seeing students excited about learning to read music, sing a great variety of styles, play the Orff instruments, guitars, and perform at concerts.