The San Diego Unified School District provides instrumental music standards based instruction to students fourth through twelfth grade. Elementary students are offered either 5th grade Intro to Music or 4/5 full grade level programs. Instrumental music instruction at the secondary level is primarily offered though band and orchestra courses in which students participate in performances and productions. The district offers honor bands, orchestras and choirs, while school ensembles participate in city and area music festivals. General music instruction is provided for elementary students and the district's middle and high school choral music departments offer instruction for vocal ensembles of all levels, general music and music history. 


Links to Spring 2018 Honor Concerts Information:

Middle School Honor Concert: February 3, 2018 at Point Loma Nazarene University 7:00pm

Click here: Middle School Honor Orchestra Audition materials

Click here: Middle School Honor Band Audition materials

High School Honor Concert: April 29, 2018 at Copley Symphony Hall 3:00pm

Elementary Honor Concert: May10, 2018 at Point Loma Nazarene University 7:00pm

Academic Standards

VAPA Lessons (  )
Music: K | 1 | 2

Core Learnings

Music Activities 

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Contact Us

San Diego Unified School District
Visual and Performing Arts Department (VAPA)
Instructional Media Center
2441 Cardinal Lane
San Diego, CA 92123

(858) 256-2700 - Phone
(858) 256-2708 - Fax

Key Contacts



Instrumental Music

Mark Nicholson
Instrumental Music Specialist
(858) 256-2705

General Music and ChoralLaura Williams
General Music and Choral Resource Teacher
(858) 496-1726

Piano Technician

Michael Greene
(858) 256-2707