Elementary Music

Because Capistrano Unified School District values the arts, it offers EVERY 4th  and 5th grade student the opportunity to participate in a powerful music program that we call BLOCK MUSIC. All 4th and 5th grade students receive two 40 minute music lessons per week for the full school year.  Music instruction is provided by a team of three or four credentialed music teachers.  Because all 4th and 5th grade students are released from class during the same time blocks (per grade), students DO NOT miss any class instruction.

PHILOSOPHY
Music is a vital part of our cultural heritage and daily life – it is essential that music education be included in a well-balanced curriculum.  Through the medium of music, human feelings are expressed in a unique and powerful way.  All human beings share the need to explore and understand their own feelings.  This knowledge, as well as sensitivity to the feelings of others is developed through shared experiences in creating, performing, and listening to music.

There is music in all children. This program provides the opportunity for all children to develop this potential to the fullest extent.

GENERAL PROGRAM GOALS
To show sensitivity to the expressive qualities of music.
To demonstrate musical responsiveness, involvement, and discrimination.
To understand the nature, meaning, and structure of music.
To demonstrate skills in performing and creating music.
To demonstrate skills in aural acuity and critical listening.
To understand the music literature of various period and the forms, styles, and idioms that are characteristic of various national cultures, including our own.
To make intelligent judgments of musical value.

TEACHING STAFF
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AMBUEHLBATHGATECHAPARRALLADERA RANCHLAS FLORESOSO GRANDE
4th Grade General Music/5th Grade Choir: Bill Cox, Bruce Marcus
4th Grade Strings/5th Grade Strings: Lauren Harvey,
4th Grade Strings/5th Grade Band: Mahfrin Santoke

BERGESON, CANYON VISTA, DON JUAN AVILA, KINOSHITA, LAGUNA NIGUEL, MOULTON, OAK GROVE
4th Grade General Music/5th Grade Choir: Andrea Howard, Anne Webster
4th Grade Strings/5th Grade Strings: Lisa Gray
4th Grade Strings/5th Grade Band: Eun Young Choi

BENEDICT, CONCORDIA, RH DANA, LAS PALMAS, MARBLEHEAD, PALISADES, VISTA DEL MAR
4th Grade General Music/5th Grade Choir: Debbie Peterson, Greg Rennie
4th Grade Strings/5th Grade Strings: Penni Buff
4th Grade Strings/5th Grade Band: Rob Stirling

ARROYO VISTA, CASTILLE, CARL HANKEY, REILLY, TIJERAS CREEK, VIEJO, WAGON WHEEL
4th Grade General Music/5th Grade Choir: Shawna Ellis
4th Grade Strings/5th Grade Strings: Michelle Brunton
4th Grade Strings/5th Grade Band: Chad Cunningham

DEL OBISPO, HIDDEN HILLS, LOBO, MALCOM, SAN JUAN, GEORGE WHITE, WOOD CANYON
4th Grade General Music/5th Grade Choir: Misha Voss
4th Grade Strings/5th Grade Strings: Bill Hunker
4th Grade Strings/5th Grade Band: Kory Wentzel