What It Is:
Provides music education to students in grades K-8, specifically restoring K-2 music and 5th Grade band from budget cuts. Students in grades K-8 will receive a minimum of one lesson per week; 5th grade students will have the option of instrumental or choral instruction; all Fisher students will be offered electives in choir, band and orchestra.
Why It Matters:
Music plays a fundamental role in the development of a child’s creativity and self-expression and helps in the development of language and reasoning. Persuasive evidence has shown that children’s exposure to music enhances the process of learning and improves overall academic performance, engaging areas of the brain that promote problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
Music in the Classroom:
Every year, Los Gatos Union School District (LGUSD) parents proudly watch their children sing or play in their school’s annual music performance. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the music teachers, the performances are as much fun for the students as the parents that watch. And, the music program offered by the LGUSD has grown substantially over the last few years, with the help of LGEF.
In Kindergarten, students concentrate on music and movement. The first and second grades focus on sounds, counting and singing. By third grade, students have the opportunity to learn the recorder. Fourth graders become familiar with the violin. Fifth graders are offered a choice of flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, violin, cello, voice or percussion.
At Fisher Middle School, one-third of all students opt to take music as an elective each year. Students can choose band, string orchestra or choir. Some instruments, especially the more expensive ones such as the tuba, cello, bass, tenor sax, and bass clarinet, are available for rent at Fisher Middle School, but he majority of instruments are paid for by parents.
There are five or more performances by the Fisher Middle School music students a year, including local events such as the Los Gatos Holiday Parade, and festivals hosted by the California Music Educators Association (CMEA). With future donations to LGEF the music program will continue to grow, and benefit our community through student performances. Please visit lgef.org to donate now.
K-5 MUSIC CURRICULUM
- K-4th: Making Music, Silver-Burdett
- 5th Grade: Accent on Achievement, Book 1
- 5th Grade: Essential Elements, Book
- Symphony Silicon Valley
Professional orchestra formally known as the San Jose Symphony. Click here for concerts, information, and tickets.
- San Jose Youth Symphony
San Jose Youth symphony celebrating their 59th season.
- San Francisco Symphony
San Francisco Symphonies official website.
- San Francisco Symphony Kids Website
An interactive page for children to interact with instruments of the orchestra.
- Music Racer
Students can practice their note names and instrument fingerings.
Recommended Music Stores:
- Music Village
2971 Union Ave
San Jose (408) 377-2504
- Starving Musician
3427 Camino Real
SantaClara (408) 554-9041