FCPS elementary students get a first-class education that includes a rigorous visual and performing arts program. All children are offered two periods of general music and visual art each week. Instruction, which is aligned with national and state standards, integrates the content of regular subjects in the art and music classroom. Fourth and fifth graders in all elementary schools may also enroll in the instrumental music program, where they receive weekly instruction on a band or orchestra instrument.
Elementary students create 2-D and 3-D art, using vast array of media. Every year, student work is selected from each school to be displayed in local and state shows such as the Youth Art Month Show in March. Some students are selected to speak about their art for a television spot that broadcasts on FCPS TV during Youth Art Month.
Students sing, dance, and play a variety of rhythm and pitched instruments during their weekly general music lessons and may also choose to take part in their school chorus. Fifth-grade students can audition for the annual FCPS Elementary Honors Chorus, a great opportunity for students to sing under the direction of a regionally or nationally known conductor. The chorus rehearses and performs at the Weinberg Center for the Arts. A replay of the performance is televised on FCPS TV.
All fourth and fifth grade students may participate in band or orchestra at their elementary schools. Instrumental lessons are offered once a week. Students are encouraged to take part in school concerts and other ensemble performances. Some schools offer musicians the chance to play with middle school or high school instrumentalists in feeder area concerts. This opportunity also builds relationships between emerging musicians and the instrumental teachers at the middle and high schools.
The annual smARTS series at the Weinberg Center for the Arts gives elementary school students the chance to attend a live production of a professionally produced and performed play or musical tied directly to the essential curriculum.