In Fairfax County Public Schools over 40,000 students are enrolled in the music elective programs of band, chorus, general music, orchestra and guitar. Our vocal and instrumental ensembles are seen and heard worldwide as well as throughout the Unites States. Locally our ensembles perform at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, George Mason Center for the Performing Arts, and the White House. Performing groups have been selected to appear at the American Choral Directors Association Conference, the Mid-west Clinic, the Music Educators National Conference, the National Concert Band Festival, the Virginia Music Educators Association Conference, and numerous other events.
Music, through its inherent ability to develop intellectual and emotional communication skills, encourages cultural awareness and enriches society. The FCPS music curriculum provides opportunities for students to attain the knowledge and skills necessary to be become musically literate, well-rounded individuals.
The FCPS Music Program of Studies is organized into four strands:
Music study is essential to the education process because it develops:
FCPS provides general music education for all students Kindergarten through sixth grade, orchestra instruction beginning in fourth grade, and band and chorus instruction beginning in fifth grade in every elementary school. In grades seven through twelve a wide variety of music course offerings is available to meet students' interests and ability levels.
* Guitar is not a standard course offering in all Fairfax County Public Schools. Check with the guidance department at your student's individual school to find out about their particular Music course offerings.
Fairfax County Public Schools has one of the most recognized string orchestra programs in the country. Instruction begins in fourth grade and students are taught by certified string specialists. Over 20,000 students participate in orchestra in grades 4-12.
Fine Arts Coordinator
Music Instructional Specialist - Band
Music Resource Teacher - Choral
Music Resource Teacher - Orchestra
Music Resource Teacher - General Music
January 16, 2014