Start or Continue your Music Education in Middle School!The San Dieguito Unified High School District has excellent music programs at all area middle and high schools. Middle school is a perfect time to start or continue learning an instrument. Middle and High School music students enjoy many benefits from improved academic performance, increased self-esteem, and the development of many "21st century" skills such as critical thinking, creative problem solving, effective communication, teamwork, and more. Participation in a music program can be helpful on college applications. Being a member of a school band program can help a student transition to a new school.
"Being in band created a place for me at Oak Crest. I don't know which high school I'll be going to, but I know there will be a place for me in the band." -SG, former Ada Harris student.
Did you know...Band is an elective class at Oak Crest, Diegueno and Earl Warren Middle Schools. That means band is part of the school day -- no before school or after school commitments. Oak Crest and Diegueno offer Beginning Band or Symphonic Band (for experienced students - some students even take both classes if they already play an instrument and want to learn a new one!) Earl Warren offers Band or Guitar. When students learn an instrument as part of their regular school day, they can progress much faster than a program where they only meet once or twice a week.For members of the Wildcat Band who are headed to Oak Crest or Diegueno - you can audition for the Symphonic Band (for students who have been playing their instrument for at least a year and are proficient at reading music). Students will be asked to play something they enjoy out of their book and their B-flat concert scale.
Independent Study PE (ISPE) for Music StudentsBand is a great elective and many students are happy having band as their only elective. However, music students who would prefer to take a second elective can do that if they take ISPE for their PE requirement. Please read this informative brochure ISPE Information for Parents, prepared by a parent at Earl Warren, to completely understand the ISPE option. Please note that ONLY music students are offered the chance to take a second elective (non-music students who take ISPE will simply have a free period in their school day, either 1st or 6th, where they must be off campus).
A 2007 Harris Interactive Poll of working adults indicated that music education impacted five skill areas: ability to work toward common goals, striving for excellence in group settings, disciplined approach to solving problems, creative problem solving and flexibility in work situations. HARRIS INTERACTIVE POLL, 2007