DJUSD music faculty, April 2014, L to R, Angelo Moreno (violin), Karen Gardias, Clyde Quick (flugelhorn), Bill Zinn, Nancy Sanchez (French horn), Veronica Tonus (flute), Tom Slabaugh (percussion mallets), Sherie Wall (trombone), Kim Cole (cello), Lydia Cooley (viola), Greg Brucker (bass)

General Music

DJUSD does not offer formal (taught by credentialed music teacher) general music education in the lower grades. That program was cancelled in the 1970's due to budget cuts. DHS does offer an "Essentials of Music" class, which has components of music appreciation. Some schools offer the BRAVO Program, funded by site PTA/PTO groups. North Davis Elementary and Montgomery Elementary have run a music program called Link Up. This May 29, 2012 Davis Enterprise article (you may encounter a pay wall) describes this program at North Davis Elementary.

DHS offers AP Music Theory.

Music Performance

The best known part of the school music program are the music performance classes and groups. This table summarizes the performance music program in the Davis Joint Unified School District. Note that school instruments are provided for students who need them in order to participate.

  Orchestra Band Choir
Elementary Strings program starts in 4th grade, 30 minutes once/week, pull-out, choice of violin, viola, & cello. String bass starts in 5th or 6th grade. Students are placed in beginning, intermediate, or advanced groups, depending on level of proficiency. Parent attendance at Sept. meeting is required for participation of students new to the program. Sixth graders may participate in All-city Elementary Orchestra with at least 1 year of playing experience. Begins in 5th grade, 30 minutes once/week, pull-out, choice of flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, alto sax, and percussion. Students are placed into groups based on experience & proficiency. Parent attendance at Sept. meeting is required for participation of students new to the program. Sixth graders may participate in All-city Elementary Band with 1 year of playing experience. Maybe available at some sites, before or after school; support stipends funded by the Davis School Arts Foundation.
Junior high A 7th grade intermediate orchestra, and 8th/9th advanced orchestra. Open to students with at least one year prior experience. Each campus has at least two concert band classes, and a jazz band. Open to students with at least one year prior experience. Jazz band by teacher’s consent. Each campus has at least one choir, two if enrollment is high enough. Open to students with no prior experience required.
High school By audition: Baroque Ensemble & Symphony Orchestra. Non-audition: Chamber Orchestra with prior experience. See DHS Orchestra history. By audition: Symphonic Band & Jazz Band. Non-audition: Concert Band with prior experience. By audition: Jazz Choir, Madrigals & All-Treble Choir. Non-audition: Concert choir, no prior experience required. Musical theater productions are a collaboration between the Drama Dept. and the Jazz Choir director.

Reference Links

School Booster Organization

School music teachers, current and retired

Other Resources

There are a number of local and area music programs and resources that exist outside the school music program. Private music teachers can help students.

Choir groups

Band groups

Celia Cottle's jazz program, including groups such as Sax by Popular Demand, Jazz Cats, and Jazzmatazz. For further information, you can contact Celia at jstreetjazzcats@gmail.com or (530) 756-4377

Orchestra groups