Student Art GalleryTop of Page

ArtTop of Page

The art and drama curriculum follow the Visual and Performing Arts Standards for the state of California, and all art instruction is integrated with the classroom curriculum. Among the topics taught by our art teacher are:
  • art appreciation
  • painting
  • watercolor
  • sculpture
  • drawing
  • design
  • printmaking
  • art in the garden

Music in the ClassroomTop of Page

Music Teacher:  Ruth Greenfield
This year in music…

Kindergarteners will learn how to sing together, sing in tune, and sing beautifully; they will learn good citizenship with our instruments; they will learn to express the music they hear through movement; they will learn to work together and then to share with their community through performances.


First and second graders will learn the basics of rhythm reading, ear training, and note reading; the songs they learn in class will often reflect the units they’re working through in their classroom; they will begin to learn about our musical heritage through masterworks and through music of other cultures; they will begin to develop ensemble skills; they will offer back what they learn through performances.


Third and Fourth graders will be applying their musicianship to more organized ensemble work, including learning to play the recorder.  Music class will also often reflect the classroom units, such as the Native American unit in third grade and the trip to Sutter’s Fort in fourth grade.  Musical vocabulary and appreciation will grow through more advanced listening and analysis. Class performances will become more complex and rich.


Fifth graders will be polishing off their intermediate musical education with orchestration of songs, an exploration of jazz, blues, and the birth of rock and roll, integrating music into their classroom units, and then leading the school in a celebration of Star Wars through music (May the Fourth Be With You!).


Middle Schoolers will have the opportunity to choose music and theater electives: Music History in the fall (from Ancient Greece to the Harlem Renaissance…) and Musical Theater Production in the spring (theater games, skits, short scenes, technical theater design projects and backstage, sets and costume crews for the Spring Musical Gala)



BandTop of Page

Beginning Band - Level I (4th Grade and up): No prior  instrumental experience is needed to learn to play a woodwind, brass, string/electric bass, or percussion instrument. Learning to read music is also part of Beginning Band with no prior experience required. The emphasis is on the fundamentals of instrumental musicianship.  To enroll in Beginning Band, please complete both forms below.
Intermediate Band - Level II is for students who have successfully completed Beginning Band or the equivalent. Building on the foundation of Level I, Intermediate Band members continue to grow in musicianship through a balance of learning new elements and preparation of performance pieces.
Advanced Band - Level III places a greater emphasis on performance pieces while continuing to learn more advanced elements. Please contact Mr. McKenzie for questions regarding readiness for Advanced Band.
In addition to winter and spring performances for all levels of band, Intermediate and Advanced Bands perform at band festivals and will have other opportunities to perform in the community.
January 26 - Winter Concert   6:30 p.m. in CCDS Gym
March 9 - CMEA Band Festival (time TBA)
May 19 - Competition at Six Flags
June 2 - Spring Concert
June 7 - Graduation
Click for downloadable PDF forms. Please complete and return forms to Mr. McKenzie or the school office.
Registration Form - All Bands
Instrument Choice Form - Beginning Band only
After School Band Contract - for families who need childcare from the time that school gets out until band begins.
Beginning Band (Open to 4th grade and above)
Phase 1:  September-January  4:05-4:45 p.m.
Tuesday - Flutes
Wednesday - Clarinets and Saxophones
Thursday - Brass, Basses and Drums
Phase 2:  February-June   4:05-5 p.m.
Wednesday - Flutes, Clarinets & Saxophones
Thursday - Brass, Basses and Drums
Suggested donation is $25 per month
Intermediate Band (Completion of Beginning Band or equivalent required) 
Wednesday and Friday  2:55-4 p.m. 

Suggested donation is $50 per month
Advanced Band (Completion of Intermediate Band or equivalent required)
Tuesday and Thursday   2:55 - 4 p.m. 
Suggested donation is $50 per month.


CCDS Choral Program 2017-2018Top of Page

Choir ~ Ruth Greenfield, Director
Beginning Choir ~ open to 2nd grade and above ~
Tuesday mornings 7:40-8:25 a.m.
Basic singing techniques, beginning to intermediate harmony and music reading, fun staging/choreography, games, great friends!  Suggested donation: $20/month

Concert Choir ~ open to 4th through 8th graders ~
Monday and Wednesday afternoons 3-4 p.m.
Friday mornings  7:30-8:25 a.m.
One or more year's experience or audition required.
Concert Choir will participate in the Spring Musical, along with the students in the Middle School theater elective. No afternoon choir rehearsals on minimum days.
Suggested donation for Concert Choir: $50

Performance Dates
Winter Concert - January 26
Chico Choir Festival - March 16
Spring Concert - June 1
Spring Musical - May 23 and 24
Print Sign-Up Form Here

Please contact Ruth Greenfield at with any questions.