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Middle school students in orchestra, band, and choir

Find information on Cedar Rapids Community School District’s outstanding and award-winning music programs here. If you have questions or need specific information on your school’s music program, please contact your child’s music teacher. You will also find resources and links to expand your music education!

Resources available here include:

  • Information on music in middle school and high school, including how to register
  • College scholarship information for participation in music
  • Kindergarten-12th grade music curriculum information
  • Other music items to explore!

Find your middle school and high school music program

Franklin Middle School

BandChoirOrchestra

Harding Middle School

BandChoirOrchestra

McKinley STEAM Academy

BandChoirOrchestra

Roosevelt Creative Corridor Business Academy

BandChoirOrchestra

Taft Middle School

BandChoirOrchestra

Wilson Middle School

BandChoirOrchestra

Quick facts

  • Sixth grade students have the opportunity to choose their music class! The choices are band, orchestra, and/or choir.
  • Students need no musical experience to join band, orchestra, or choir and there are no auditions for these groups.
  • The BAND instruments are flute, oboe, clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, and percussion. The ORCHESTRA instruments are violin, viola, cello, and bass. CHOIR is a singing ensemble, focusing on multiple components of the singing voice as well as the fundamental mechanics of music.
  • Students will not get a chance to try the instruments this year. Students should pick the instrument they are most interested in learning. If you have internet access, you can see and hear every instrument HERE:
  • Band, Orchestra, and Choir sign-up sign up can take place in a number of ways:
    • Complete online registration
    • Complete paper registration found in your school’s office or music room and return to your teacher
    • Email your future middle school music teacher
  • Band and Orchestra begins with 12 summer lessons before sixth grade begins. Your middle school music teacher will send you more information!
  • There are school instruments available for anyone concerned about the cost of participating. Students choosing to play a large or specialty instrument like French horn, baritone, or tuba may also rent a school instrument.
  • There may be a limit on certain instruments due to available instruments and creating well-balanced groups, so it is important to also select a second-choice instrument.

Band, orchestra, and choir during the school year

  • During the school year, band, orchestra, and choir are curricular, graded classes. All curriculum is aligned with the National Music Standards: Creating, Connecting, Responding, and Performing.
  • Students will have music at least twice per week. Band and Orchestra students will also have a lesson each week for 15 minutes. Teachers are accommodating when scheduling these lessons; please contact your band or orchestra teacher with questions.
  • Band, orchestra, and choir students will present evening concerts to showcase what they have learned, and it is important for every student to participate.
  • Students may play an instrument and sing! We call that choir-sharing. You will see that option on the registration form.

Frequently asked questions


Middle school music teachers

Beth Davies

K-12 music content lead

Franklin Middle School

Amy Williams

Band teacher

Nicolle Stern

Orchestra teacher

David Griffin

Choir teacher

Harding Middle School

Melissa Brobston

Band teacher

Taryn Kroymann

Orchestra teacher

Scott Muters

Choir teacher

McKinley STEAM Academy

Jen Phelan

Band teacher

Joe Mnayer

Orchestra teacher

Avery Mossman

Choir teacher

Roosevelt Creative Corridor Business Academy

Chelsey Eisenhauer

Band teacher

Natalie Miller

Orchestra teacher

Jody Nekvinda

Choir teacher

Taft Middle School

Doreen Anderson

Band teacher

Nicolle Stern

Orchestra teacher

Vicky Cichoski

Choir teacher

Wilson Middle School

Mary Bunn

Band teacher

Lisa Wissenberg

Orchestra teacher

Reed Hoke

Choir teacher

Resources