Elementary Music

Mission and Goals

The mission of the Elementary Fine Arts Department is to empower all CCSD students to achieve their creative potential through quality artistic experiences that instills lifelong involvement in and appreciation of the Arts.


The department goals are:

  • to increase student involvement and appreciation of art forms by developing and implementing quality performance and presentation opportunities
  • to increase teachers’ pedagogical skills and knowledge by developing and implementing effective professional learning opportunities which are aligned to the Nevada Academic Content Standards, Scope and Goals, Objectives, Grade Level Expectations, and Nevada Educator Performance Framework
  • to provide quality resources and tools for instruction by reviewing and revising curriculum documents



The Clark County School District Elementary Music Orff curriculum is an integral part of the general education of all Kindergarten–Grade 5 students, with the intention of enabling students to develop lifelong abilities to:


  • Recognize music as a vehicle for communication and the expression of ideas
  • Create and perform using musical systems and knowledge
  • Understand the role of music and the musician’s contribution to society
  • Use musical systems and knowledge to communicate history, cultural heritage, and social consciousness
  • Think critically and creatively solve problems
  • Make informed choices and aesthetic judgments related to everyday life


The Elementary Music Orff Curriculum is aligned to the Nevada Academic Content Standards in Fine Arts. Information about the Fine Arts Standards can be found on the Nevada Department of Education Web site.



Music Festival Opportunities

Orff Festival

  • This festival is open to select 5th grade students from participating schools. High achieving music students will participate in an Orff-based performance of singing, playing, and moving to advanced repertoire.
  • March 4, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. at Artemus W. Ham Hall


UNLV Choral Festival

  • This festival provides an opportunity for choir students to experience a wide variety of high quality choral techniques and repertoire with other elementary choirs.
  • May 9-10, 2023, at 10:15 a.m. at Artemus W. Ham Hall


Area Music Festivals

  • These festivals provide an opportunity for students to share their success and enjoy the achievements of neighboring schools.
  • C.V.T Gilbert Academy of Creative Arts
    • March 31, 2023, 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
  • Andrew J. Mitchell Elementary School
    • April 3, 2023, 10:00 a.m.-11:10 a.m.
  • Kay Carl Elementary School
    • April 13, 2023, 9:30 a.m.-11:oo a.m.
  • Virgin Valley Elementary School (rural schools only)
    • April 13, 2023, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
  • Marshall C. Darnell Elementary School
    • April 20, 2023, 9:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
  • Bill and Rosemary Vassiliadis Elementary School
    • April 26, 2023, 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
  • Clarence A. Piggott Academy of International Studies
    • April 26, 2023, 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.


Fine Arts Performance Opportunities

  • Any Given Child of Southern Nevada: The vision of the Southern Nevada Community Arts Team is to create and implement a comprehensive art education for EVERY child in Kindergarten–Grade 8 by providing access to engaging, diverse arts learning experiences that inspire, enrich, and transform their lives. Professional, high quality performances are available to schools in professional venues and at school sites.


  • Henderson Symphony Youth Concerts: In partnership with the Henderson Symphony, students are provided a live classical music experience in a professional setting. Dates to be determined.

Director: Shannon La Neve

Phone: 702-799-8451

Fax: 702-855-9773


Resources Site for Elementary Music Teachers