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 on the Our Program pages. Listen to our recordings and watch videos of our concerts. Check out the awards we’ve earned. Learn about the audition process. Watch the videos on this page for an inside look at the TPHS music department!
Parents: Please scroll down to read about how you can get involved by joining the Music Boosters!!
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.
When I register for classes, what music class should I sign up for?
Final class lists will be determined after auditions. Select any band class if you plan to take any level of band (Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band). Select any orchestra class if you plan to take any level of orchestra (Intermediate Orchestra, Advanced Orchestra). Select any choir class if you plan to take Choir or Advanced Choir. 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. TPHS has a seven period schedule, so you take seven classes each year. One year of Visual/Performing Arts is required for high school graduation and for UC/CSU admission.
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).
How Can Parents Get Involved?
Join the Music Boosters!! 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 should contact the Music Boosters by email to find out what positions on the Music Boosters board are open. Incoming freshman parents are encouraged to contact the Boosters in the spring to get information about taking a volunteer position the following year.
UPDATE March, 2021: We have several positions we are currently looking to fill, so now is a great time to get involved and find the position that suits you best.
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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.
Still Have More Questions?
Email Music Director Amy Gelb at
Email the Music Boosters at
A Look Inside the TPHS Music Department from 2021 and 2017
TPHS VPA Day Videos from 2009 and 2010