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NVUSD Music Programs

Music is a 21st Century Skill

"Transforming lives by instilling 21st century skills and

inspiring lifelong learning in every student"

                                 - Napa Valley Unified School District Mission


This goal is strengthened and encouraged through the music programs offered to students in the NVUSD.

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"The skills gained through sequential music instruction, including discipline and the ability to analyze, solve problems, communicate and work cooperatively, are vital for success in the 21st century workforce."

– U.S. House of Representatives - Resolution

Music is an integral part of your child’s education and through participation in the music programs of the NVUSD, students can excel in all areas of their school careers and beyond. Research reinforces that students who participate in music do better in school and life. Students become self-disciplined, responsible and accountable, and develop strong interactive social skills. Through participation in music education a child’s thinking skills are boosted, well-being is fostered; it inspires, motivates, and builds skills for the future. Music begins for most students in the NVUSD by the 4th grade and continues through 12th. Music offerings include instrumental and choral music classes.  Elementary music is generally offered once a week with daily classes at the Middle and High School levels.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Music Education important?

   Benefits of Music– The Music Teachers of the Napa Valley Unified School District, along with the Napa Valley Education Foundation’s Music Connection, desire for our children to achieve success in school, success with their future... Continue
Posted by: Robin Hampton
Published: 1/24/11

When does Music Education begin in the NVUSD?
Music Education begins in the 4th grade, where your child will be invited to choose an instrument to play with.  There are both band and orchestra instruments offered, and your child merely needs to choose which instrument they like best and ... Continue
Posted by: Robin Hampton
Published: 1/24/11

How do I get my child involved in music?
Near the beginning of the 4th grade year, students will receive a set of information regarding how they can start their musical education.  It will be sent home to the parents/guardians of the student, and then it just becomes a matter of obt... Continue
Posted by: Robin Hampton
Published: 1/24/11

"Through music, I can be, I can create, I can grow, I can give back, all with confidence."

- NVUSD High School Student  

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"I did not realize that when I opened my flute case for the first time in fourth grade, I was opening hope for my future."

– NVUSD High School Student