The Pre-K 3 through 6th grade music program at Jacksonville Country Day School includes singing, speaking, movement, drama, and instruments. Students play and create music on Orff instruments, guitars, drums, ukuleles, and piano keyboards. The program also includes ear training and reading music, beginning in kindergarten.
Individual lessons are also available in piano, violin, guitar, voice, and brass and woodwind instruments.
All grade levels present a musical production during the year. Students grow in their awareness of the importance of the fine arts through visiting artists, school performances, curriculum-related field trips, and service projects.
Students also learn American folk songs, seasonal songs, music from other cultures, literature from classical and contemporary composers, and music that relates to other units of study, such as Spanish, math, and global studies.
There are also three performance ensembles: the Jazzy J's, the JCDS Band, and the JCDS Chorus.