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Salem Performing Arts: Elementary

Elementary Performing Arts

Our Elementary Music staff is a dynamic group of individuals with years of experience in teaching music to young learners. In our elementary music classes, students learn the building blocks of music, giving them the foundation for a musical education that will continue beyond their elementary school experience. 

Students engage in music class in activities and lessons grounded in the National Core Arts Standards and in the NH Model Arts Competencies. Teachers utilize singing, classroom instruments, and critical listening to instruct students. Classroom activities could include:

Bucket drumming


Xylophone and mallet instruments

Singing songs and rounds

Composing music using web-based technology

and more!

Reach out to your child's teacher to learn more about what's going on in music!


Students in grades 4 and 5 can participate in Chorus class. Chorus typically meets at least once every two weeks. Chorus will help students explore their singing voice. Singers produce a performance twice a year. Look for more information about Chorus from your building classroom music teacher! 

Theatre for Elementary Students

Some of our elementary schools offer an afterschool theatrical production! Past productions have included Frozen Jr., Stone Soup, and the Best Little Theater in Town. 

Ask your child's classroom music teacher for more information about upcoming shows in your building and how your student can get involved!


Students in 5th grade are eligible to sign up for Band each year! Band instruments available for instruction include:

Percussion (Drums and bells)






Watch for more information about Band from Kristen McDonough, our district elementary band instructor! 


Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 are eligible for strings instruction in each building. Strings classes typically happen at least once every two weeks. Students can play:




Look for more information about strings from our two district strings instructors, Julie Gray and Stephen Poirier!