Elementary Band & Orchestra

Elementary orchestra concert

Northshore School District elementary schools offer a comprehensive music program to students in grades K-5 during the academic school day. In grade 5,  students may choose between Beginning Band, Beginning Orchestra or Experience Music program. In addition, elementary schools offer Choir as an extracurricular activity.


5th Grade Course Options

Beginning Band

Learning to play a band instrument as part of a performing band ensemble with concert performances. Instruments:

  • Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone

Beginning Orchestra

Learning to play a string instrument as part of a performing string ensemble with concert performances. Instruments:

  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello

Experience Music Program

Music experiences will vary by school and student interest. Typical units of study include: 

  • Multicultural music

  • Digital music

  • Marimbas 

  • Drumming & Percussion instruments

  • Ukulele/Guitar 

  • Recorders

  • Singing

  • Moving 

  • Creating 

Contact your school's general music teacher for more information. 


What to Expect

In May or June, all 4th grade students will visit the 5th grade music classes to meet the instructors and learn about the different 5th grade class choices. After their visit, students will be asked to rank their top three choices for their 5th grade music class.


Music Staff