SHS Band students playing on the street during the HONK Festival

Music Department

Welcome! 

As Music Educators, it is our mission to inspire and guide every student in active music making through the use of a sequential and creative curriculum that nurtures the human spirit and promotes cultural understanding. 

Read our Music Learning Objectives for grades Pre-Kindergarten through 6th grade.Somerville students engage with the larger music community through events like Grooversity and HONKFest! If you have questions about the Music Program, please contact the Music Director Rick Saunders.

Music Teacher Websites

Ms. Beverly Mosby

Mr. Adam Epstein

Free Instrument Instruction

Somerville Public Schools offers FREE instrument instruction in applicable grades.  Visit the Instrument Instruction page to learn about the programs.Students participating in the free instrument instruction who need to rent an instrument may do so during our annual rental event. If students miss this opportunity, they may also rent on-line. Students whose families meet income requirements, may rent an instrument owned by the school district at reduced cost. 

All City Music Groups

Students in grades 6-8 may join several city-wide music groups by invitation. These include the All City Middle School Chorus led by Ms. Beverly Mosby, All City Middle School Band led by Ms. Rosemary Sears, and All City Middle School Orchestra led by Mr. Andy Blickenderfer

El Sistema Afterschool Strings Program

For students from Elementary School through Middle grades throughout the district. The East Somerville Community School hosts the innovative El Sistema Afterschool Strings Program. Please visit the webpage to learn more.

Music at Somerville High School

Classes include Band, Jazz Band, Chorus, String Orchestra, Drum Line, World Percussion Ensemble, Special Music, Musical Theater, Show Choir, Piano Lab, Music Technology Lab, Music Theory, Introduction to Guitar, Guitar Lab, and Advanced Guitar Ensemble.