Adams Elementary Music Program

Adams is proud to offer a full-time music teacher, Deryl Harter, and a part time instrumental music teacher, Tyler Kalina, for intermediate students. Based on the state standards for the arts, our music program teaches students essential musical concepts and allows them to enjoy the pleasure of a variety of music and songs. Students have the chance to perform for school functions and to participate in instrumental music, learn recorder, and join the extracurricular choir.


Deryl Harter
Music Director

Tyler Kalina
Instrumental Music Instructor

Upcoming Choir Performances

Ballard High School hosts the ‘Northwest Choir Showcase’
Wednesday, April 6
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. 
Ballard High School Gym

Mariners Game National Anthem (4th & 5th grade choir members)
Friday, May 24th
7:10 p.m. 
Safeco Field

End of Year Choir & Instrumental Concert
Thursday, June 16
2:30 p.m. assembly and 6:30 p.m. performance, in the cafeteria

Upcoming Grade Level Performances

Fourth Grade Performance
Thursday, May 12
2:30 p.m. assembly and 6:30 p.m. performance, in the cafeteria

Fifth Grade Performance
Thursday, June 9
2:30 p.m. assembly and 6:30 p.m. performance, in the cafeteria

Upcoming Instrumental Music Performances

End of Year Instrumental Performance: Advanced strings and beginning band 
10:20 a.m. assembly at school in the cafeteria

End of Year Instrumental Performance: Advanced strings and beginning band (a joint performance with North Beach bands)
7 p.m. performance, at the North Beach elementary school cafeteria

Music Curriculum

Kindergarten, First and Second Grades

  • Will imitate and lead the following hand signs:
    • Do, re, mi fa and sol while singing matching pitches
  • Will identify and move to high, medium, and low pitches.
  • Will learn to identify whole note, half note, quarter note, quarter rest, music staff and treble clef sign.
  • Will learn to pat a steady beat while singing and performing American Play Dances
  • Will learn seasonal songs and perform them during assemblies, spring concerts.
  • Will learn dynamics and tempos

Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade

  • Will begin/continue playing the recorder. Kids earn their “belts” in a program called Recorder Karate by learning and performing various songs for their “tests.”
  • Will learn to write and sight read one octave of both C, G and D Major scales.
  • Will continue with more advanced music composition, sight reading, folk songs, and dances.
  • Will read, identify and perform songs in 2/4, ¾, 4/4 and 6/8 meters.
  • Will develop a strong musical vocabulary
  • Will study European and American Composers
  • Will perform for assemblies and for Family Concerts
  • May choose to participate in the Adams Elementary Choir which meets every Tuesday and Thursday morning during the school year.

Fourth and Fifth Grade

Fifth Grade Only

  • All fifth grade students will take the State of Washington CBPA Assessment.
  • All second year band and string students will take the Seattle School Districts CBPA

Choir Program

The Adams Elementary Choir, conducted by music teacher Deryl Harter, is open to students in third, fourth and fifth grade. Choir reinforces what children learn in choral instruction, and also offers the opportunity for more advanced two or three part harmony. Rehearsals take place every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 8:30 to 9:20 am during the school year.

Choir is $50 for the year (scholarships are available). Sign up for choir September 9 through 30 online here. Adams choir will begin rehearsing Tuesday, September 22.

Group vocal placements will occur over the first four rehearsals, during rehearsals, to determine whether your child should sing the high, middle or low part).

The choir performs frequently throughout the year (see list of performances on the right). 

Instrumental Music Program

The Instrumental Music Program is open to students in the fourth and fifth grade and is taught by Tyler Kalina, Adams’ part time (1/2 day a week)instrumental music teacher. Instruction is provided on Mondays, and information is distributed and signups occur within the first few weeks of school; space is limited. Students perform at the end of the year concert, often in a joint performance with North Beach School.

Adams has a rotating Instrumentation Model. This supports four,30-minute Elementary Instrumental Music (EIM) classes in the morning or afternoon with enrollment limited to 40 students per half day. The program alternates every year: 2014-15 children can take beginning band, advanced strings; 2015-2016 children can take first year strings and advanced band. All basic instruments (flute, clarinet, trumpet,trombone, violin and cello) will be offered. Enrollment is open to both 4th and 5th grade students. In beginning classes, all of the basic EIM instruments are offered over a two-year cycle. This retains the ability for students to pick from a broad range of instruments choices and allows at least some of the students the opportunity to study two years at the elementary level.

Instrumental students are encouraged to practice during morning recess in the music room.

Music Booster Meetings

Our Music Booster Committee meets regularly to discuss choir, music budget, and more. For more information or to get involved, contact the music booster at or music teacher Deryl Harter at

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