About the Program

About Mr. Nail

Band Director | Tim Nail, tnail@mbusd.org

Mr. Nail has been teaching band for over 20 years. Currently the band director for all five elementary schools in Manhattan Beach, he teaches band for fourth and fifth grades and recorder for third grade. He also heads up the award winning All District Honor Band. He also runs an after school middle school and high school honor jazz program outside of the district. Prior to coming to Manhattan Beach, Tim was the Band and Choir Director at Calle Mayor Middle School in Torrance for thirteen years. He directed Musicals with his choir and took his bands to festivals where they won many awards. In fact, the top band, the Wind Ensemble, earned seven consecutive Superior ratings at SCSBO Festivals. The Wind Ensemble also travelled to The Kennedy Center, Orchestra Hall (Chicago), Carnegie Hall and Hawaii (twice).

Mission Statement

The MBUSD Music Program offers comprehensive music education taught by certificated teachers to all students in elementary, middle and high school, including band, choir, orchestra, and general music education. It is the mission of the MBUSD Music Department to ensure that students:

  • Reach their fullest intellectual potential;
  • Have an outlet for artistic expression;
  • Realize a lifelong appreciation for music;
  • Experience an improved quality of life.

The K-12 music curriculum is demanding, comprehensive through the levels, and grounded in the values and philosophies of excellence that have been established by the National Standards for Music Education. Authentic assessments are used regularly to verify student learning and substantiate the curriculum’s value by gauging its ability to address the dynamic needs of the student population in Manhattan Beach. Through participation in music, students will build their sense of self awareness, acquire essential life skills and habits, as well as understand the importance of collaboration and community outreach. As students move beyond us, they will continue to enjoy and appreciate the aesthetic value of music by becoming lifelong learners in the field, and by contributing to the global community in an artistic and sensitive way.