FAQs for Prospective TPHS Music Students
You can learn more about the wonderful TPHS Music Program by exploring this website. Read about our program and the courses we offer. Listen to our recordings and watch videos of our concerts. Check out the awards we’ve earned. Learn about the audition process.
Why Choose TPHS?
As a music student at Torrey Pines, you will be able to develop your skills on your instrument and excel as far as you would like in a fun and exciting environment. You will find a range of class levels to meet your needs and abilities.
Our ensembles play engaging and challenging music and earn top awards at SCSBOA competitions.
The music department also offers other musical opportunities outside of the school day. Band students have fun playing in Pep Band at football games. Drumline is a fun extracurricular activity for percussionists. Jazz Band students have the opportunity to play in combos. Students in both orchestras combine with the top wind students each year to form the Full Orchestra. Select musicians have the opportunity to perform in the pit orchestra for the Theater Department’s yearly musical.
The music program is supported by the Music Boosters, a group of enthusiastic parent volunteers. Being involved with the boosters gives parents a way to connect to their students’ experience at school. Parents can participate by helping at concerts and festivals or by taking a position on the Music Boosters board.
When I register for classes, what music class should I sign up for?
Final class lists will be determined after auditions. All band students should sign up for Symphonic Band and all orchestra students should sign up for Intermediate Orchestra. You will be placed in the correct class after auditions.
What do I need to know about auditions?
Click here for audition information
How do I fit music into my schedule?
There is plenty of space to fit four years of music AND academics in your schedule. One year of Visual/Performing Arts is required for high school graduation and for UC/CSU admission.
How can I have room for both music and PE?
You can take PE during the school day as one of your 7 periods or you can take 8th period I.S.P.E. (Independent Study P.E.), plus music class as one of your 7 classes during school. Students in all music classes are eligible to take 8th Period I.S.P.E. Please see our ISPE & PE Information Flyer '20-'21 for instructions on signing up for I.S.P.E. and other information about completing the PE requirement.
PLEASE NOTE: The application window for ISPE for the 2020-2021 school year has recently been changed. The window will open on Monday, February 3, 2020 and will close on Friday, April 3, 2020 at 3:00 pm. The ISPE & PE Information Flyer '20-'21 has been updated on Jan. 19, 2020.
What are my options for satisfying the health requirement?
Our ISPE & PE Information Flyer '20-'21 has information on how to satisfy the health requirement.
Can I do music and sports?
Yes, it is possible to do both music and sports. You can get PE credit for certain sports (5 credits each season after 9th grade, 20 credits maximum). See our ISPE & PE Information Flyer '20-'21 for more info.
What are the benefits of being a music student?
It looks good on your college applications! Colleges want to see a continued focus in a specific area, and taking music for four years is a great way to accomplish that.
Music provides many leadership opportunities and the chance to participate in honor groups, both of which are a big plus to college admissions officers.
Music students can get college scholarships.
Music offers the chance to participate in traveling, festivals, competitions, and performing for school and community.
Music students develop skills in teamwork, discipline, responsibility, communication, and creativity.
You get to be part of a fun, supportive community within the larger school campus.
We Are TPHS Music
TPHS VPA Day Videos 2009 and 2010