Music

Photo credit: Lisa Kessler 2017 

At San Francisco Day School, all students are musicians. They develop an understanding and appreciation of music by learning sequential concepts through active, hands-on participation. Students study many styles, cultures, and time periods and are also encouraged to improvise and create their own music. Through speech, song, instrument playing and movement, children experience active music making. Lessons are inspired by the approaches of Kodály and Orff Schulwerk, and aligned with the nine National Standards for Music Education. Music is an important part of the fabric of SF Day culture. Teachers and students enjoy providing joyful musical experiences that bring the school community together.

Lower School

  • Kindergarten and first grade students attend music classes twice each week for 30 minutes.
  • Second through fourth grade students attend music classes twice each week for 45 minutes.

Soirees

The music department is proud to offer performance practice skills as an important part of our curriculum. Our students perform several times throughout the year at assemblies and the evening Music Soirees. Ensemble work showcases team work, collaboration, and community.

Choral Ensemble

Dolphin Singers (Grades 3-4)
Tuesdays, 3:00-3:45pm

Instrumental Ensemble

Dolphin Drummers (Grades 3-4)
Thursdays, 3:00-3:45pm

Upper School

Students in grades 5-8 attend music classes twice each week for 45 minutes.

Soirees

The music department is proud to offer performance practice skills as an important part of our curriculum. Our students perform several times throughout the year at assemblies and evening music soirees. Ensemble work showcases team work, collaboration, and community.

 

Choral Ensembles

Upper School Chorus (Grades 5-8)
Tuesdays and Fridays, 7:20-7:55am

Upper school chorus members also have the opportunity to audition for the ACDA national honor choir, and SF Day students are regularly invited to participate.

Instrumental Ensembles

Jazz Band (Grades 6-8)
Performing Arts elective