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IMG_7521.JPGBalboa Magnet has a rich tradition of excellence in vocal and instrumental music making. Students learn the bel canto technique, which literally means "beautiful singing"; it is a technique which, when established, will ensure a lifetime of vocal health. The curriculum, based on Kodaly methodology, is sequential and standards-based. Students learn the basics of music literacy, and develop an understanding of the elements of music as they build a repertoire of folk songs from the United States and around the world. Selections that correlate with classroom curriculum are included to enhance and deepen understanding of what students are learning in their classrooms. In singing and learning together, each student is encouraged to explore and develop his/her potential as a musician and artist.

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Students at Balboa Magnet receive instruction in vocal music weekly in grades one and two, and every other week in grades three, four, and five. Additionally, students in grades four and five have the opportunity to participate in Boys' Chorus or Girls' Chorus. These groups meet weekly during lunch to learn additional repertoire, further their understanding of vocal technique, and have fun singing together. This year over 150 students are involved in the Balboa Chorus.  

Al Shlosha