The Early Grades:
Developing Musical Pathways and Introducing Instruments
“We teach kids from the inside out—first to feel music, then to hear it, and ultimately to understand it.”
– Nancy Coffey, PAUSD Music Coordinator
Middle School: Finding a Place, Finding a Passion
Entering 6th grade, students participate in choir, band, or orchestra, where they develop the skills of perseverance and collaboration. They are immediately part of a music community, which brings a sense of connection as students learn to navigate the larger school.
High School: Individual Skill, Group Performance
The musical understanding that was developed in the early elementary years sets the stage for opportunities to focus on individual skill development within the context of the large ensemble. Coffey notes, “we make sure that our kids understand what they are doing and why they are doing it so they continue to feel motivated to improve.” Students at Gunn and Paly develop musical independence, while learning to bring their skill to a larger group with a common goal.
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