At San Francisco Day School, all students are musicians. They develop an understanding and appreciation of music by learning sequential concepts through active, hands-on participation. The music of many styles, cultures, and time periods is used throughout the curriculum. In addition, children are encouraged to improvise and create their own music. The materials used meet the needs of individual children by challenging gross and fine motor skills, visual and aural memory, and intellectual and creative understanding. Through speech, song, instrument playing and movement, children experience active music making. Lessons are inspired by the approaches of Kodály and Orff Schulwerk, and aligned with the nine National Standards for Music Education.

Music classes focus on music making that will instill a love of music; spontaneous singing is often heard around the school. Music is an important part of the fabric of SF Day culture. Teachers and students enjoy providing joyful musical experiences that bring the school community together.

Students in grades 5-8 attend music classes twice each week for 45 minutes.


The music department is proud to offer performance practice skills as an important part of our curriculum. Our students perform several times throughout the year at assemblies and evening music soirees. Ensemble work showcases team work, collaboration, and community.

Upper School Evening Soirees:

April 4, 2017 -- 6:30 p.m.  (Grades 7-8)

May 9, 2017, 6:30pm (Grades 5-6)


We actively support music making outside the general music classroom.


Jazz Band (Grades 6-8)
Performing Arts elective


Upper School Chorus (Grades 5-8)
Tuesdays and Fridays, 7:20-7:55am

Upper school chorus members also have the opportunity to audition for the ACDA national honor choir, and SF Day students are regularly invited to participate.