Music, through its inherent ability to develop intellectual and emotional communication skills, encourages cultural awareness and enriches society.
The Fairfax County Public Schools music curriculum encourages cultural awareness and provides opportunities for students to attain the knowledge and skills necessary to be become musically literate, well-rounded individuals. Students work collaboratively with others to achieve common artistic goals, thereby preparing them for a lifetime of engagement with the arts.
Music instruction is offered at all grade levels, K-12. The music curriculum is vertically aligned so students learn incrementally from year-to-year and scaffold their musical abilities from novice to artistry.
Band, chorus, and orchestra continue at the high school level as part of the sequential curriculum of performance-based ensembles. Additional course options such as guitar, piano, jazz, music theory, show choir, and music composition are offered at various schools.
Select high schools offer Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) music courses. Prerequisite level courses address skills, sequentially, to support success in these advanced academic courses.
The Fairfax County music programs receive many state and national accolades and are consistently invited to perform at state, national, and international events.