Music In Our Schools

Music education improves academic achievement, builds communication skills, fosters creativity, develops teamwork, and increases engagement in school. SFUSD offers music classes and programs at every level.  Elementary schools are served by instrumental music teachers, Music Artists in Residence, and music programs such as those offered by the SF Symphony and SF Opera. At the secondary level, middle and high school students can enroll in a wide variety of instrumental and general music programs (see the Offerings section below for more information).

The California Arts Standards for Music are designed to enable students to achieve music literacy. Unlike the other arts disciplines, there are five sets of performance standards for music:

  • PK–8
  • Harmonizing Instruments
  • Ensembles
  • Composition and Theory
  • Technology

Developing music literacy means discovering the expressive elements of music, understanding the basic concepts of music, knowing the terminology that is used to comprehend music, developing the skills necessary to produce music, and being able to reflect, critique, and connect personal experience to music.

The standards describe expectations for learning in music regardless of style or genre. The standards impart the breadth and depth of the music experience through art-making processes. The standards can and should be the impetus for music educators to inspire their students to explore the many facets of music and prepare them for a lifelong relationship with music. For more information see the Music Standards and Curriculum section below.

 

SFUSD Music Offerings

This section includes music classes and programs offered in 2020-21

PreK Music

list of offerings coming soon

Elementary Music

All Elementary Schools are provided an Instrumental Music Teacher for the 4th/5th grade Instrumental Music Program

In addition, the following schools are provided a General Music Teacher to serve in the following schools:

Bessie Carmichael

Bessie ES

C. Lilienthal (Scott & Madison Campus)

C. Sloat

Carver

Chinese Immersion

Clarendon

Cleveland

Cobb

D. Feinstein

Dolores Huerta

Drew

Edwin & Anita Lee Newcomer School

El Dorado

Garfield

Glen Park

Guadalupe

J. Parker

J.Y. Chin

 

Lafayette

Lakeshore

Malcolm X

Miraloma

Monroe

Montessori

Peabody

Sunset

West Portal

 

Middle School Music

Aptos MS

  • Band Advanced
  • Band Beginning
  • Band Int
  • Music 7
  • Music 8
  • Orch Beg
  • Orchestra Advanced
  • Orchestra Intermediate

Bessie (Charmichael) K8

  • Music
  • Taiko

Brown Jr. (Willie) MS

  • Band Advanced
  • Music 6
  • Music 7
  • Music 8
  • Orchestra Intermediate

Buena Vista Horace Mann K8

  • Music 6

Denman (James) MS

  • Band Advanced
  • Band Beginning
  • Band Int
  • Orch Beg
  • Orchestra Advanced
  • Orchestra Intermediate

Everett MS

  • Band Advanced
  • Band Beginning
  • Band Int
  • Orchestra Advanced
  • Orchestra Intermediate

Francisco MS

  • Music 7
  • Orch Beg
  • Orchestra Advanced
  • Orchestra Intermediate
  • Piano Beginning

Giannini (A.P.) MS

  • Band Advanced
  • Band Beginning
  • Band Int
  • Music Lab
  • Orch Beg
  • Orchestra Advanced
  • Orchestra Intermediate
  • Orchestra Intermediate 7
  • Vocal Advanced
  • Vocal Beginning
  • Vocal Intermediate

Hoover (Herbert) MS

  • Band Advanced
  • Band Beginning
  • Band Int
  • Music - Advanced
  • Music 6
  • Orch Beg
  • Orchestra Advanced
  • Orchestra Intermediate
  • Vocal Advanced
  • Vocal Beginning
  • Vocal Intermediate

King Jr (Dr Martin L) MS

  • Music Lab

Lawton K-8

  • Band Int
  • Orchestra Intermediate

Lick (James) MS

  • Music 8

Marina MS

  • Band Advanced
  • Band Beginning
  • Band Int
  • Orch Beg
  • Orchestra Advanced
  • Orchestra Intermediate
  • Vocal Beginning

Presidio MS

  • Band Advanced
  • Band Beginning
  • Band Int
  • Guitar
  • Music 6
  • Music 7
  • Orch Beg
  • Orchestra Advanced
  • Orchestra Intermediate
  • Vocal Beginning
  • Vocal Intermediate

Revere (Paul) K8

  • Taiko

Roosevelt MS

  • Band Advanced
  • Band Beginning
  • Orch Beg
  • Orchestra Advanced
  • Orchestra Intermediate

Visitacion Valley MS

  • Music 7
  • Music 8

High School Music

Asawa (Ruth) SOTA HS

  • AP Music Theory
  • Band 2
  • Band 3
  • Dance 1
  • Dance 2
  • Dance 3
  • Guitar 1
  • Guitar 2
  • Guitar 3
  • Guitar 4
  • Music Theory 1
  • Orchestra 2
  • Orchestra 3
  • Piano Lab 1
  • Piano Lab 2
  • Piano Lab 3
  • Piano Lab 4
  • Vocal Music 1
  • Vocal Music 2
  • Vocal Music 3
  • Vocal Music 4
  • World Music

Balboa HS

  • Band 2
  • Band 3
  • Guitar 1
  • Guitar 2
  • Orchestra 2
  • Vocal Music 2
  • Vocal Music 3

Burton (Phillip and Sala) HS

  • Band 1
  • Band 2
  • Symphonic Band
  • Vocal Music 1
  • Vocal Music 2
  • Vocal Music 3
  • Vocal Music 4

Downtown HS

  • Guitar 1
  • Music Appr
  • Music Theory 1
  • Piano 1

Galileo HS

  • Band 1
  • Band 2
  • Guitar 1
  • Guitar 2
  • Piano 1
  • Piano 2
  • Vocal Music 1

Jordan (June) HS

  • Music Production

Lincoln (Abraham) HS

  • Guitar 1

Lowell HS

  • AP Music Theory
  • Band 3
  • Guitar 1
  • Guitar 1A
  • Jazz Band
  • Orchestra 2
  • Orchestra 3
  • Piano Lab 1
  • Piano Lab 1A
  • Symphonic Band
  • Symphony Orch
  • Vocal Music 1
  • Vocal Music 1A
  • Vocal Music 2
  • Vocal Music 2A
  • Vocal Music 3
  • Vocal Music 3A

Marshall (Thurgood) HS

  • Band 1
  • Band 2
  • Piano 1
  • Piano 2

Mission HS

  • Band 1
  • Band 2

SF Civic Center Secondary HS

  • Music Appr

Wallenberg (Raoul) HS

  • Band 1
  • Band 2
  • Symphonic Band

Washington (George) HS

  • Band 1
  • Band 2
  • Band 3
  • Dance 1
  • Dance 2
  • Dance 3
  • Guitar 1
  • Guitar 2
  • Orchestra 2
  • Orchestra 3
  • Vocal Music 1
  • Vocal Music 2
  • Vocal Music 3