• Musicking: To music is to take part, in any capacity, in a musical performance, whether by performing, by listening, by rehearsing or practicing, by composing, or by dancing.”
    -Christopher Small
    NOTE: Website was updated on 4/1/24
       Music epitomizes man's capacity for creativity and is an essential part of a complete education. The acts of performing, creating, and responding to music are fundamental processes that humans engage in to connect historically, culturally and socially. 
    Want to learn more: 

    Go to www.bepartofthemusic.org for more info.

    Mission Statement:
       The mission of Music Education in the MSBSD is to provide meaningful musical experiences for our community through performance, education and advocacy.  
    About Us: 
       Our job is to ensure that students receive high level instruction encompassing the many facets of music taught by a highly qualified professional musician and educator. With a strong foundation in music appreciation and literacy we hope to help students develop a lifelong love of the arts. 
                FYI Facts about Music: 
    In an average 10 minute marching band show, there are a staggering 1 MILLION individual choices and responsibilities on the members for a single performance.  Each one helps develop teamwork and skills that impact everyone else on the field.  Colleges are aware of the demands and view participation in band as a strong indicator of future success.  Music students are often given preference for admission and scholarships colleges, including the Ivy League schools.-National Association of Music Parents.
    Creativity is always an asset when it comes to college applications.  Students active in creative arts, like music, drama and visual arts tend to be open-minded, eccentric and think outside of the box.  These qualities add to campus life, which is a bonus in the eyes of a college admissions officers. - Impressive Extracurricular
    Basic music structure for
    Mat-Su SD:
    Elementary music
    K-5th grade General music
    Elementary Choir ensemble
    Exploratory Band (give students
           basic band experience)
    Extra music experiences can be:
    recorder group
    percussion groups
    string group
    ukulele group 
    Each school has different offerings.
    Middle School music
    Beginning Band (start-up band)
    Intermediate Band (students
                with a couple years
    Choir Ensemble
    Jazz Band
    Extra music experiences can be: 
    Orchestra ensemble
    Percussion class
    Guitar class
    Theater class
    Jazz Choir
    Solo/Ensemble Groups
    Each school has different offerings.
    High School music
    Concert Band
    Symphonic Band
    Percussion Class
    Mixed Choir
    Women or Men Choir
    Drama/Theater Class
    Jazz Band
    Extra music experiences can be:
    Guitar/Ukulele Class
    Orchestra Class
    Marching Band/Flag 
    Jazz Choir
    Piano Lab Class
    Pep Band
    Theater/Pit Orchestra
    Each school has different offerings.


     NOTE to all Mat-Su families.  This page is for families to get a basic idea of what we do in the Mat-Su. Our hope is that we will try to keep information updated, but things probably will change.  Please contact your child's music teacher if you have questions or concerns about these events. 
    Some 2023-2024 district music event dates (these are somewhat estimates):
    Colony HS Marching Band Invitation (Saturday, Sept 23, 2023)
    All State Concert/Festival (Nov 16-18?)
    HS Honor Band/Choir and Secondary District Honor Orchestra auditions need to be uploaded by Dec. 20, 2023
    Elementary/MS Solo/Ensemble Festival at CMS (Feb. 23)
    Secondary Honor Festival at CMS/CHS (March 28-29)
    Region III HS Solo/Ensemble event at WHS (April 9 )
    Elementary Honor Festival (April 18)
    ASAA State HS Solo/Ensemble Festival (at UAA) (May 10-11, 2024?).
    These events are still in flex on dates, but they should be fairly close.   
    Festival Coordinator & District Liaison:
    Jamin Burton
    Colony High School
    Phone: 907-861-5584
    Email: jamin.burton@matsuk12.us
    High School Representative:
    Jamin Burton
    Colony High School
    Phone: 907-861-5584 
    Email: jamin.burton@matsuk12.us
    Middle School Representative:
    Toby Lambert
    Colony Middle
    Phone:  907-761-1517
    Email: tobias.lambert@matsuk12.us 
    Elementary School Representative:
    Chrissy Hardman
    Big Lake Elementary
    Phone: 892-9743 
    Email: christina.hardman@matsuk12.us