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Expanded music program at School of the Arts enters 2nd year

Nevada City School of the Arts staff
Special to The Union

At Nevada City School of the Arts, our goal is to achieve academic excellence through the arts.

While we have a general music program in place for every grade, over the past two years we have worked to develop an instrumental music program for students in third through eighth grade.

Every student receives small group instruction twice weekly in the instrument of his or her choice. In third and fourth grade, students may choose the recorder, fiddle or clarinet. In fifth grade, choices expand to include guitar.

In our middle school program, every student chooses one or two instruments to study, and receives lessons twice weekly. Choices include cello, piano, guitar, bass guitar and taiko drumming.

Middle-schoolers also have the option of joining our performing groups, which include Jig and Jam (a Celtic-influenced group), ensemble, and taiko drumming. Each month, during our performance workshops, students come together in large groups to play common songs they have learned.

In addition to our full-time music teacher, we have an amazing pool of talented, local, professional musicians who teach in our music program.

Our students perform in a wide variety of venues, including our annual Winter Revels program (for third through fifth grades), a Winter and Spring Showcase in the middle school, and our Portfolio Night, school assemblies, monthly performance workshops, and curriculum-integrated music pieces designed by our main lesson and music teachers.

The music program is free to all students at NCSA, although we do ask students to rent their instruments at a significantly reduced cost from private rental companies.

Nevada City School of the Arts is a free, public, charter school open to all students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Holly Pettitt is the director of Nevada City School of the Arts, at 13032 Bitney Springs Road, Suite 8, Nevada City, CA 95959. She can be reached at (530) 273-7736.

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