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Performing Arts

The mission of the Portland Public Schools’ Music Department is to advance music education by promoting the understanding and making of music by all. We are committed to:

  • Supporting the Portland Promise
  • Pursuing high academic standards in music literacy and performance for all students
  • Empowering student achievement in school, life, and work as musicians and as engaged audience members
  • Fostering productive citizens of the world as musicians and cultural beings 
  • Developing respectful skills, habits, and mindsets while performing and listening to music
  • Engaging with our community as an extended learning opportunity 
  • Nurturing curiosity, creativity, empathy, and personal well-being through expression, performance, and creativity in music.
  • Investing resources to ensure the best possible education for all students
  • Continuing professional development to support best practice in music education

At PPS, we nurture each student by encouraging curiosity, creativity, empathy, and personal wellbeing. We believe that the arts make communities better, and that artistic expression promotes the development of a well-rounded individual.

Performing Arts OFFERINGS:

We offer a wide range of performing arts-related opportunities, both academic and extracurricular, including:

  • Music: From chorus to jazz ensemble, there are countless ways to express your musical side
    • Chorus - Experience the joy of singing alongside your peers in perfect harmony
    • Band - Pick your instrument and join the ensemble
      • Modern 
      • Jazz Band
      • Orchestra
      • Handbells
  • Drama: Become a thespian, or learn what goes on behind the scenes
    • Musical Theater - Sing your heart out on stage
    • Drama Club - Develop your theatrical skills


  • Higher academic achievement
  • Cultural relationships
  • Respect for self, family, school and community
  • Strong school and parent partnerships
  • Leadership and self-confidence
  • Collaboration and communication
  • Expanded career opportunities
  • Skills for a global economy


Music Education Standards


Creativity flourishes at PPS, and is celebrated in its many forms.