The music program of the West Hartford Public schools provides a rich and rigorous experience for students from Kindergarten through 12th grade. Basic skills are introduced at the 11 elementary schools, while at the 3 middle schools there is a larger emphasis on improving ensemble skills. The high schools feature age and ability leveled ensembles that perform throughout the year.
All students take general music classes from Kindergarten through 8th grade, where they learn to sing, read and write music. They also develop dancing skills, rhythmic skills, and study some music history.
Starting in 4th grade, students are able to begin taking instrument lessons and perform in the Band, Orchestra, and Choir. These ensembles continue in the middle schools, where there are also select ensembles which highlight the most hard-working and gifted students. Each high school offers over a dozen courses where students hone their selected performance skills, vocally and instrumentally.