The general music at City Academy begins with experiential interaction with a variety of musical styles and instruments. Students are taught to understand the importance of music within society; see the connections between traditional, popular and classical music; identify as well as critique a musical piece; and perform confidently in front of an audience.


Enduring Understandings (Music)

  • Music is an important element of the historical and cultural record of humankind.
  • Singing, dancing and playing an instrument provide people with the means of learning musical and developmental skills.
  • Educated music listeners learn to describe, analyze and evaluate music and live performances as an expressive art form.
  • Everyone has the ability to participate in music making.
  • Music making is one of the oldest, most intimate and basic forms of communication and cultural expression.
  • Reading and notating music are essential to music literacy.
  • Critical listening and thinking skills learned through music are essential to a successful, comprehensive educational experience.


City Academy’s Violin Program is based on the principle that every child can learn to play the violin if given the right environment, quality instruction and an instrument that is appropriate for their physical stature. The discipline, sensitivity and endurance required to learn the violin augments the children’s development of their character and intellectual skills, which in turn supports their individual academic endeavors.


Enduring Understandings (Violin)

  • Good tone quality and accurate pitch are created through correct technique and musicianship.
  • You must be both a performer and a listener in order to engage in an ensemble.
  • Repetition of experiences is important for learning and retention.
  • Audience behavior and reaction are an integral part of any performance.