Music and Band/Orchestra

Children explore the elements of music by developing various musical skills. These include singing, rhythmic competency, playing instruments, listening, creating, moving, and note reading. The student is encouraged to actively participate in the making of music. Through positive, enjoyable experiences in music the child will develop a deeper understanding of music’s expressive qualities.


Concert Attendance Policy

As part of the Region 15 music curriculum, all students in grades 4 and 5 participate in chorus rehearsals and chorus concerts. Attendance at all school-approved concerts are an expectation for all students enrolled in elementary music. Attendance at all school instrumental concerts is also a requirement for all grade 5 students enrolled in band or orchestra.  Students are expected to attend concerts with the exception of illness or family emergencies. Concert dates are listed on the school calendar which is published at the beginning of each school year.

Students who miss a concert for illness or family emergencies will need to schedule an individual make-up session. The student will be asked to sing a small portion of the concert.




5th Grade Band & Orchestra Program

Grade 5 Orchestra

5th Grade Orchestra meets once a week at each elementary school.  Students receive a group lesson and then have the opportunity to play as part of a full orchestra.  This year we will work on reading music, knowing the parts of the instrument, how to hold and play the instrument, and how to play basic songs on the instrument.  Students may choose from violin, viola, cello, or string bass in the orchestra, and these early classes will enable students to continue on and play more difficult music at their middle schools.

Grade 5 Band

The 5th Grade Band gives students the opportunity to learn musical skills that will benefit them for a lifetime, including self-discipline, creativity, and teamwork.  The band is open to all students who desire to play one of the following instruments: flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone, baritone horn, tuba, or percussion.  Students have a group lesson once a week to learn proper playing technique and other individual skills.  Beginning in October band members come together once a week for full band rehearsals where students learn how to play together as an ensemble.  A demonstration performance occurs in the winter, followed by a spring concert in May.  Recruitment for incoming 5th graders will occur in late spring. 

Recruitment Night

Region 15 4th graders and their parents attend a Districtwide Instrument Recruitment Night in the spring to learn first-hand about the instrument options for the 5th Grade Band and Orchestra Program. Music teachers share information with students and parents about joining Band or Orchestra and members of the PHS Tri-M Music Honor Society showcase their instruments on stage and one-on-one with students.

Additional Links

Contact Information

Ms. Kelly Farrell
Music and G5. 5 Strings
Phone: 203-264-8283 Ext. 830

Ms. Elizabeth DelVecchio
5th Gr. Band
Phone: 203-758-1144 ext. 4318