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General & Choral Music

The study of music assists in the acquisition of 21st Century Skills.  The cooperative learning setting of music ensembles allows students to develop both indivdually and as members of a larger community.  The creativity inherent in the creation or interpretion of a musical selection fosters creative thinking and problem-solving strategies that permeate other facets of life.  We encourage and celebrate the personal expression within every child.

"Music is one way for young people to connect with themselves, but it is also a bridge for connecting with others.  Through music, we can introduce children to the richness and diversity of the human family and to the myriad rhythms of life."  Daniel A. Carp, Eastman Kodak Company Chairman and CEO


For Staff


The Montgomery County Public Schools Music Program is aligned with National and State Music Education Standards.


Resources for Parents and Students

Elementary School

High School

  • Courses Offered

General Music

  • Piano 1A
  • Piano 1B
  • Piano 2A
  • Piano 2B
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music Theory and Composition, Advanced Placement
  • Music Perspectives
  • Guitar 1
  • Guitar 2
  • Music Technology

Choral Music

  • Chorus, General
  • Chorus 1
  • Chorus
  • Choir, Concert
  • Choir, Concert, Honors
  • Choir, Chamber
  • Choir, Chamber, Honors
  • Choir, Show

Does my school offer this course?

To find out if your school offers the course above, and for course descriptions, go to the High School Course Bulletin.

  • Special Programs

Find out about special programs with a focus on fine arts.
2014 Jazz and Show Choir Festival 
2016 Northwest County Elementary Honors Chorus Program 
2016 Southeast County Elementary Honors Chorus Program
2016 Central County Elementary Honors Chorus Program  
MS Honors Chorus Performance

Curriculum Frameworks

Countywide Music Programs

Countywide Music Programs

  • Honors Ensembles
  • The Montgomery County Honors Chorus program includes four countywide ensembles providing special performance opportunities for talented singers.  Through participation in these choruses, students interact with talented peers who demonstrate similar musical ability and interest.  The groups range from Grade 5 through Grade 12.

  • Festivals
  • Montgomery County Public Schools participate yearly in several district-level choral festivals.  The Maryland Music Educators Association designates Montgomery County as District II.  Ensembles that receive overall superior ratings are eligible to participate at the Maryland State Choral Festivals.

  • Strathmore Concerts

Every year all second and fifth graders visit The Music Center at Strathmore.