General Music, Band, Strings, and Chorus



Band is a weekly special that is included in our master calendar.  Students do not have to miss their other studies to be involved in band.  Any 5th or 6th grade student can sign up!  The choices you have are flute, oboe, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, baritone, tuba or percussion.  If you stay on your same instrument from 5th grade to 6th grade, you are eligible to be in the Advanced Band!  You may also try a different instrument in 6th grade if you want to explore your other choices.  We perform two concerts every year - a winter concert in December and a spring concert in June.  All students get to perform at both concerts.  Other optional activities we do include our Jingle Bell stroll in December, an area band day/performance with the Falls Church High School Band, the District Ten Solo and Ensemble Festival and our marching band parade.  Sign ups begin in late spring and conclude around the third week of the school year.  Hope to see you playing an instrument in the Westlawn Band!

Moments from Band


Students in fifth grade and sixth grade have the opportunity to join our chorus, which meets weekly. In order to qualify for chorus, students must demonstrate appropriate behavior, personal responsibility, and receive their teacher's approval to leave the classroom. Students in chorus learn vocal technique, how to take care of their voice, and how to perform for an audience. Students perform twice annually for Westlawn at the Winter and Spring concerts. Students also have the occasional opportunity to perform elsewhere, such as singing the National Anthem before a Falls Church High School football game or singing at the DC Cherry Blossom Festival. Exceptional choral students have the opportunity to join the 6th Grade All County Choral Festival.

Moments from Chorus

General Music

All Westlawn students take General Music as a special during each week. During General Music students have opportunities to learn how to read music, play instruments such as the xylophone and the recorder, participate in musical theater performances, sing songs from around the globe, and participate in rhythm activities.

Moments from General Music Classes


Strings is a weekly special available to 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. The instrument choices are violin, viola, cello, and bass. We have two concerts each year and various other performance opportunities. This is a great group of students to be a part of!

Moments from Strings

Our Music Specialists