Grades 1 - 12
The Music Program of the Upper Darby School District gives students the opportunity to succeed in all forms of musical expression. The curricular areas address the Music Educators National Conference Standards, and the Pennsylvania State Standards for Arts and Humanities.
The Elementary School curriculum is Orff concentrated, and focuses on the main concepts of singing, playing, listening, creating, theory and movement. Additionally, students can be involved in performing choruses, bands, and orchestras. Instrumental instruction is offered to players from grades 4 (grade three for strings) – 5.
The Middle School curriculum ranges from the elements of music and musical theater in grade six, styles of music in grade seven, and popular music, from the 1950’s to the present, in grade 8. All three grades have a sequential progression of piano skills in keyboard labs. Instrumental sectionals, vocal classes and before school rehearsals allow young performers to participate in a myriad of school and community activities.
The High School offers a broad array of choral and instrumental performance based courses in addition to Piano Keyboard/Theory. Music students are given countless opportunities to perform with major cultural institutions within the area. Our marching band, indoor guard and drum line , which are extra-curricular, compete in regional and national festivals. Auditioned choral groups travel yearly to participate in adjudicated performances. All of the music performances allow students to serve the community, and to expand their horizons as maturing young people.
The culmination of all musical activities is the annual Upper Darby Arts and Education Foundation Gala. Through the guided expertise of the district music staff, a concert that features all of the districts’ musicians, raises substantial funds to offer grants to teachers. This event is one of great pride to Upper Darby and the fourteen schools within this vast, and diverse school district where all children can flourish in the musical world.