Student performances begin in October
Student performances begin in October
Posted on 10/11/2016
Student performances begin in October

Student musicians will begin showing their skills and academic achievement in the arts this month. The first concert of the new school year will be held Tuesday, October 18 at Emerald Ridge High School. The Fall Instrumental Concert begins at 7 p.m.

The arts are an important part of Puyallup School District’s academic offerings. Since arts education provides students with essential skills and knowledge they need to be productive college and career ready citizens, the district supports a strong arts program for students in kindergarten through grade 12. 

Students in elementary grades receive instruction in general music twice each week for a total of 60 minutes of instruction. Beginning in grade five, students can begin orchestra or band which takes place before school at the local junior high. Students in grades 7-12 have the chance to enroll in choir, orchestra, band, drama, or visual arts courses. 

Student musicians from ERHS are being highlighted as we kick off the new performance season. Their concert on October 18 begins a year of many opportunities for parents and community members to witness student achievement and growth in the arts.

High school musicians often represent several years of participation in the district’s music program. “It’s been really thrilling to work with the students here at Emerald Ridge,” reports orchestra director Aaron Julyan. “These young musicians are so talented and so positive. It’s easy to have fun and get right to making music with them!”

The instrumental concert on October 18 at Emerald Ridge will be followed by a choral concert on Thursday, October 20, beginning at 7 p.m. “These choir students are amazing,” says director Kurt McKee. “Every ensemble is immersed in both the process of preparation and the focus on performance.  We go home every day with different melodies ringing in our head—songs from Haiti, Hungary, Newfoundland, South Africa, Norway, the American heartland—from so many places and cultures.  Our upcoming concert will really be a trip around the world.  With all of the energy and effort we put into every lesson, it makes it worthwhile when we are able to make music with these students.”

The arts exist for others to enjoy, and student achievement in the arts can be measured in a number of ways. We invite parents and community members to attend concerts, programs, art shows, and theatre in any of the 32 schools. Visit the PSD Performing Arts Calendar for more information.