The MPS Arts department provides quality music education for all learners, forming a foundation for life-long learning, enrichment, enjoyment and creativity. Students learn to sing, play instruments, and create their own music using traditional, non-traditional, acoustic and digital resources. From concert bands to mariachi orchestras, large choruses to vocal soloists, students have a vast array of opportunities in classrooms and on stages throughout Minneapolis.
The K–5 vocal music program is the foundation of the K–12 music program. Students in High Five through fifth grade meet with a music specialist once per week in 30 to 55-minute sessions. Half-day kindergarteners are seen once a week for 30 minutes by a specialist. Fifth and sixth graders have the option of joining an orchestra or band program depending on the school.
Fine arts are required for all middle school students. Music choices include general music, guitar, band, choir, or orchestra. Depending on the school, before or after-school performing group opportunities may be available.
MPS high school performing groups have traveled across the U.S., performed at numerous state and national conventions, and been very successful in competitions. Elective courses include choir, band, jazz band, guitar, piano, and orchestra. Music technology, song writing, and percussion courses exist at some sites. Extracurricular music opportunities include small vocal and orchestra ensembles, pep band, drumline, and musicals.