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MBUSD Music Education

Elementary Opportunities:


Grades 1-2: All students in grades 1-2 receive one semester of general music instruction weekly.

Grade 3: All students participate in an exploratory wheel in three trimesters: Violin, Recorder, and Choir. 

Grades 4-5: Fourth and fifth-grade music is a two-year program. Students remain in their chosen class (Strings/Band/Choir) for two years, giving them the opportunity to build their skills and achieve mastery.

Violin, Band, Choir: Honor Groups (4th and 5th Grade by audition): 

All three honor groups are performance-based ensembles that provide students with the opportunity to take the skills they have been practicing on their instruments, both individually and in class, and apply them to a group setting.  The ensembles represent the most advanced music students from each elementary school in the district. 


MBMS Opportunities

MBMS Choirs:

  • Sand and Sea (6th grade)
  • Ocean Wave (7th and 8th grades)



  • Cadet Band (level 1)
  • Concert Band (level 2)
  • Symphonic Band (level 3)


  • Cadet Orchestra (level 1)
  • String Orchestra (level 2)
  • Chamber Orchestra (level 3)
  • String Ensemble (level 4)



Choir Groups:

  • Mira Costa Voices (open to all)
  • Choral Union (9th-12th Grade Soprano/Alto by audition)
  • Vocal Ensemble (10th-12th Grade: All voices by audition)

MCHS Orchestras:

  • Philharmonic Orchestra (entry-level, full orchestra)
  • Sinfonietta Orchestra (advanced, strings-only
  • Symphony Orchestra (advanced, full orchestra)
  • Chamber Orchestra (honors, strings-only)


Band Program:

  • Symphonic Band (intermediate/advanced)
  • Wind Ensemble (advanced)
  • Jazz Band 1 (advanced)
  • Jazz Band 2 (intermediate/advanced)
  • Marching Band (intermediate/advanced)


Additional Programs:

  • Colorguard/Winterguard (all-level Flags program)
  • College-Prep Music Theory
  • AP Music Theory