Visual and Performing Arts
Visual and Performing Arts Department
1300 Baker Street
Bakersfield, CA 93305
Phone: (661) 631-4810
Fax: (661) 324-3182
As One of the Best Communities for Music Education,
District Heralded for Support of Music Education
The NAMM (National Association of Music Music Merchants) Foundation has again recognized the Bakersfield City School District for its outstanding commitment to music education with the prestigious Best Communities for Music Education designation. This marks the fifth consecutive year that the district’s music program has earned this honor.
In its 18th year, Best Communities for Music Education affirms school districts that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining music education as part of the schools’ core curriculum. The recognition rests on school district funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, and support for the music program and community music-making programs. “Music education is a valuable component in the school curriculum. Music provides students a way to uniquely express themselves, develop strong interpersonal skills, and learn skills necessary for success in the 21st Century.
The Bakersfield City School District is proud of the many accomplishments of its music program, faculty, and students.” said Michael Stone, Coordinator of the Visual and Performing Arts with the District. “The Best Communities for Music Education designation affirms the District’s belief that all children should have access to quality music education. Our students receive a first-class education!”
The Golden Bell Awards program, now in its 34th year, promotes excellence in education and school board governance by recognizing outstanding programs and governance practices of school boards in school districts and county offices of education throughout California. Golden Bell Awards reflect the depth and breadth of education programs and governance decisions supporting these programs that are necessary to address students’ changing needs.
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Nine BCSD Junior High and Middle School Bands marched in the 98th annual Bakersfield Veterans Day Parade on Friday, November 10, 2017. In addition to the nine bands, marching units from Chavez, Downtown, McKinley, Mt. Vernon, and Thorner Elementary Schools also participated. Pictured is the Sequoia Middle School Marching Band, directed by Joshua Barr. More parade photos may be viewed by clicking the photo album.
The Junior High (Grades 7-8) Oral Language Festivalwas held at the BCSD Education Center on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. The Oral Language Festival is a competitive event where students use their dramatic and speaking skills to present literary selections with spoken words. Students compete in five events: Serious Interpretation Solo, Serious Interpretation Duo, Humorous Interpretation Solo, Humorous Interpretation Duo, and Verse Choir. The award winners may be viewed here.
Bakersfield City School District sixth grade students attended Bakersfield Symphony Young People’s Concert at the Rabobank Theater on November 2, 2017. Mike Hart, the morning anchor for 23ABC News, narrated performances of “Tubby the Tuba” and “Paddington Bear.” The students were introduced to the various orchestral families and instruments. More photos may be viewed by clicking photo album.
The District’s 4th grade students and teachers enjoyed attending The Bakersfield Music Theatre productions of “Singing in the Rain” and “Madagascar.” Students attended the performances on various dates in October of 2017 at the Bakersfield City School District’s Education Center Auditorium. Bakersfield Music Theatre and Stars Theatre focuses on quality musical theatre using primarily local talent. BMT/Stars also provides theatre enrichment programs for children at The Stars School of Performing Arts.
The Elementary Festival Concert was in the Rabobank Arena on May 22, 2017. Students from every District elementary school participated in the event. Third grade students performed in the Flutophone Ensemble while fourth through sixth grade students performed in the Concert Honor Orchestra, the Symphonic Honor Orchestra and Festival Chorus. The concert showcases the musical skills learned by the children in their music classes. The concert concluded with all four ensembles performing the grand finale, God Bless America. Pictured here is the Concert Honor Orchestra, conducted by Traveling Elementary Music Teacher Jeff Zelinka. Click the photo album to view a collection of photos from the event.
The BCSD Elementary (Grades 4-6) Oral Language Festival was held on December 3, 2016, at CSU, Bakersfield. Students compete in five events: Serious Interpretation Solo, Serious Interpretation Duo, Humorous Interpretation Solo, Humorous Interpretation Duo, and Verse Choir. These students will join other winners selected in November at the District’s Junior High School (Grades 7-8) Oral Language Festival to represent the District at the Kern County Oral Language Festival. The county event will take place on January 28, 2017. The full list of award winners may be viewed here.
Music In Our Schools Weekperformances were presented at 32 Bakersfield City School District elementary Schools from August 26–31. This program has been awarded the Golden Bell from the California School Boards Association. The elementary traveling instrumental music teachers present the annual assemblies to educate students about the instruments of the orchestra, and to motivate students to enroll in their school’s instrumental and vocal music programs. Throughout this assembly, students have the opportunity to participate through singing, movement and playing rhythm instruments. For more information, click here, or view the Music in Our Schools Week highlights video.
Chipman Jr. High School student Ethan Howard successfully auditioned for and was accepted into the 2016 California All-State Jr. High School Honor Band. The state honor band will rehearse for several days in February and present a concert at the state music conference in San Jose. The eighth grade student has been playing trombone for five years. Ethan’s music teacher at Chipman is also his father, Mark Howard.
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The district music programs have performed winter concerts at all elementary and junior high/middle school sites. The concerts feature diverse ensembles including 3rd grade Flutophone, bands, string orchestras, glee clubs, and choirs. Students enjoy the school-day performances, and family members have appreciated well-attended evening concerts. Pictured are the instrumental ensembles at Cato Middle School under the direction ofDaniel Hernandez. Kudos to our district’s outstanding music teachers and students!