Music

Meet Our Music Team

Amanda Lang, Early Childhood Music Teacher
Vickie Holtsclaw, Elementary Music
Amy Callahan, Middle School Music Teacher
James Mayo, Upper School Music Teacher
Early Childhood Music
Early Childhood Music

Early Childhood:  Music is integrated into daily activities

Preschool classes sing songs, do finger plays and basic movement exercises, play musical instruments throughout the day. In addition to daily music activities that enrich classroom units of inquiry, kindergarten classes have music once a week with an experienced music teacher.

Elementary Music
Elementary Music

Elementary:  Two 30-minute classes each week

The students learn about beat, rhythm and pitch through the singing of songs, movement, and the playing of instruments. Younger students begin with rhythm instruments. In third grade students learn to play the soprano recorder. Students will learn music notations and create their own compositions. Students also develop an awareness of and appreciation for music from a range of times and cultures. 

Students have a variety of opportunities to perform throughout the year.  Each grade performs as a group for Fall Festival and Spring Fling.  Beginning in fifth grade, students can audition for solo performances as part of the Spring Fling program.  

Middle School Music
Middle School Music

Every 6th and 7th grade student will participate one trimester of music each year as part of an arts rotation.  Students will experience the fun and challenge of playing individually and in groups as they explore a variety of musical styles, basic music theory, history, and composition. 

In 8th grade, the MYP music elective is a full year course designed to allow students to pursue a more in depth instrumental musical study.  Students are offered a variety of optional performance opportunities during the year.

All middle school students may audition for music ensembles that meet at study hall or lunch. These skill based groups are organized at the beginning of each year and meet at least once a week to play for fun and prepare performance music for school events. The guitar ensemble is invited to participate in the Florida Music Educators Guitar Festival during the second semester each year.  New music club opportunities are considered yearly based on student interest.

Upper School Music
Upper School Music

Upper School: Instrumental Music is an elective

Upper school students can elect to participate in the instrumental music program. They perform at  Performing Arts Showcases several times a year.

Eleventh and twelfth grade students participating in the IB Diploma Programme can elect to take IB DP Music SL or IB DP Music HL.


Music Enrichment Programs

Students in grades 3 and older have the opportunity to extend their musical instruction beyond the school day. Mrs. Holtsclaw, Carrollwood Day School's elementary music teacher offers Chorus for students in 3rd - 5th grades and Orff Ensemble is open to students in grades 4 and 5. CDS middle school and upper school music teachers, Mrs. Amy Callahan and Mr. James Mayo, offer after school Group Instrumental Lessons to all middle school students and upper school music students. 

Elementary After School Music Enrichment


Registration is as easy as Do * Re * Mi!

  1. Complete this online registration form
  2. There is no fee to participate in the elementary after school music enrichment programs.
Elementary Ensembles

MS/US After School Group Instrumental Lessons


Registration is as easy as 1 * 2 * 3!

  1. Complete an Interest Pre-registration Form and turn in to Mrs. Callahan or Mr. Mayo.
  2. Receive confirmation of lesson schedule from Music Department.
  3. Complete online registration and payment at https://cdspatriots.org/Music
Group Music Lessons