All students in the Chandler Unified School District have the opportunity to participate in Band and Orchestra upon entering the 5th grade. Students in grades Kinder through 4th receive General Music Instruction. Students in 5th and 6th Grade may choose between General Music, Band, and Orchestra.
The Chandler School District believes instrumental music is a vital part of education in the schools, both on the elementary and secondary school levels.
An appreciation of instrumental music is developed through demonstrations of music literacy, performance, technical proficiency and musical expression, leading to the cultivation of the whole child. An education in instrumental music helps students gain powerful tools for understanding human experiences, both past and present. Students learn to respect different ways others have of thinking, working and expressing themselves. Students learn to make decisions in situations where there are no standard answers. Through instrumental music, students stimulate their natural creativity and learn to develop it to meet the needs of our complex and competitive society. As competence in music and other academics reinforce one another, the joy of learning becomes real, tangible and powerful.
"For today's students to succeed tomorrow, they need a comprehensive education that includes music taught by exemplary music educators."
--MENC: The National Association for Music Education