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CES Activities


There’s a lot to learn outside the classroom! We encourage all Canyon students to get involved in the activities we offer that allow our students to explore a wide range of interests.

General Information

Art education at CES strives to develop sensitivity, skill, craftsmanship, creative problem solving, focus, observation, imagination, and a history of success as an artist. Through art, students will learn about their world and develop an awareness of the natural world. They will learn how to make art and about art, making historical and cultural connections and discovering meaning and values. Every student has the ability to be a great artist.

This class offers a disciplined yet fun environment to allow students to experience band at the beginning level. The instruments students may start are flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone, tuba, and percussion. The only instrument that requires previous piano experience is percussion. Students will learn how to read and write music, compose, improvise simple melodies, and evaluate music. The students will present concerts in the fall, holiday, spring, and at the end of the year.

Why join band?

Developing all of the skills required to be a self-sufficient musician takes years and years of practice and hard work. Sixth grade band is where students start to expand on the basic knowledge they learned in fifth grade band. Students will be able to demonstrate key signatures that are more advanced, sight read basic rhythms, play intermediate rhythms, and play the chromatic scale. Students will learn to listen to each other and play more as a team. Depending on the group, sixth grade band will perform at a festival in May for judges. In addition to the yearly festival, students will present concerts in the fall, holiday, spring, and at the end of the year.

Music education at CES strives to develop basic musicality through teaching, rehearsal, and performances. We play a variety of instruments such as orff, recorders, ukuleles while developing many different playing techniques. We focus on note naming and counting rhythms as well singing and playing techniques. This makes connections in relation to math, reading, and writing. By the end of music, we hope that each student leaves with a sense of success in singing, playing, and performing music as well as a basic understanding of music theory and knowledge of historical composers and time periods.

Physical education is essential for students to learn how to be active for life. We learn all varieties of sports but also activities that can make the students have a healthier and happier life. Our goal is to create an environment that makes all the students feel welcome and comfortable to do their best. 

Our music students perform in several concerts throughout the school year:

  • 5th and 6th grade fall band concert
  • Veterans Day performance
  • 5th and 6th grade Christmas band concert
  • Wyoming play/musical
  • Spring concert
  • 5th–8th grade spring band concert
  • 6th grade band festival performance
  • 5th–12th grade popular music band concert