Mesa Public Schools has a strong commitment to a total music education program. Therefore, it is not surprising that the MPS orchestra component is recognized as one of our nation's finest. Approximately forty-five outstanding string educators service over 6600 string students throughout the district. MPS orchestra classes consist of string and full symphony orchestras, as well as numerous chamber and specialty ensembles.
Beginning in 4th grade students can start their string education on violin, viola, cello or bass. Students may use district-owned instruments free of charge. Approximately 5000 students enroll in fourth, fifth and sixth grade orchestra classes each year. Students meet twice weekly for thirty minutes in mixed groups with a string teacher.
Annually district-sponsored "performance evaluations" provide elementary orchestra members and teachers an opportunity to receive valuable and helpful feedback from a clinician and their peers. Some schools have honor groups designed to expand students' musical possibilities. Such groups often perform for many community functions and state conferences. An all-elementary district honor orchestra performs in the spring each year.