All students at Bancroft Elementary School receive 45 minutes of music instruction each week. Our music program is designed to foster a lifelong appreciation of music through active music making. The objective-driven, standards based music lessons will help the students develop musical skills and an understanding of various musical genres which will be reinforced and developed throughout their years at Bancroft. In addition to studying musical concepts, students will discover links between their musical experiences and other academic areas of instruction through a cross-curricular approach to learning.

Students have the opportunity to learn how to play the recorder in 3rd and 4th grade and the guitar in 5th grade. Additionally, all students will develop basic piano skills through playing the keyboard as part of their musical experience at Bancroft. Students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade can choose to participate in the afterschool performing arts programs, which include instrumental music, chorus, drumline/marching band, and drama club/spring musical.

Parents can reinforce the music learning at home. Consider listening to music together, perhaps music that is unfamiliar to you both, and talk about it. Ask your child to share the songs and/or dances learned in music class. Or, you could attend local performances to foster appropriate concert etiquette. These experiences will help make music meaningful at school, home, and the community.

--Brian Frye, Bancroft Music Educator