Welcome to the Instrumental Music Performing Groups SWIFT Website
R. Paul Eliot
peliot@tacoma.k12.wa.us (preferred contact)

The mission of the Instrumental Music Program at SOTA is to provide advanced training in music on a highly individualized basis.  The program seeks to integrate its concepts with other disciplines and provide students with real-world opportunities through performance, recording and musical involvement in the community.  The Instrumental Music Program is committed to offering college-prep curriculum alongside entry level courses in order to engage all students in music education.

The Instrumental Program seeks to prepare traditional musicians for life as a college music major.  Students who play traditional band and orchestra instruments (including piano, classical guitar and harp) and read music proficiently may enter this course of study.  The focus is on the individual musical development of each student toward their highest artistic potential.  Students perform regularly as soloists, in chamber ensembles and in SOTA’s Concert Orchestra and  Symphonic Orchestra.  Additionally, students take courses in Music History, Music Theory and Composition, including AP Music Theory, and various music electives including Jazz Combo Workshop.

Paul Eliot's Teaching Schedule 2017-18

                                                    1.  Music Theory 1-2 (Ted Brown 4th Floor Room)
                                                    2.  Concert Orchestra (Ted Brown ClubSOTA)
                                                    3.  PLAN - (Jazz Combo Workshop TB 4th Floor)
                                                    4.  Music Theory 1-2 (Ted Brown 4th Floor Room)
                                                    5.  Winds Chamber Ensembles (Fall)/Symphonic Orchestra (Spring) (Ted Brown ClubSOTA)
                                                    6.  Strings Chamber Ensembles (Fall)/Chamber Strings (Spring)
                                                    7.  PLAN
                                                    8.  AP Music Theory & Composition (Ted Brown 4th Floor Room)