Beginning in the 4th grade, CCA students are required to take a recorder class. The recorder is a simple instrument, perfect for teaching music. Students learn the basics of reading music and breath control. Students in the 5th through 8th grades have the option of joining the school band. The 5th grade students join the advanced band in January of their 5th grade year. Band members compete in a solo and ensemble contest in the spring as well as perform in two concerts during the school year.