School orchestras

The four school orchestras operated by the City of Reykjavík provide high-quality music education and training. You can pay for lessons using the Recreation Card.


Skólahljómsveit Austurbæjar

Skólahljómsveit Austurbæjar þjónar Álftamýrar-, Breiðagerðis-, Fossvogs-, Hvassaleitis-, Langholts-, Laugalækjar-, Laugarnes-, Réttarholts- og Vogaskóla. 


Skólahljómsveit Vesturbæjar og Miðbæjar

Skólahljómsveit Vesturbæjar var stofnuð 18. nóvember 1954 og var ein tveggja fyrstu skólahljómsveita í Reykjavík.


Skólahljómsveit Grafarvogs

Skólahljómsveit Grafarvogs þjónar Borga-, Dalskóla, Engja-, Folda-, Hamra-, Húsa-, Ingunnar-, Rimaskóla, Sæmundar- og Víkurskóla. 


Skólahljómsveit Árbæjar og Breiðholts

Skólahljómsveit Árbæjar og Breiðholts var stofnuð veturinn 1968-1969. Í henni eru börn og unglingar úr öllum grunnskólum í Árbæjar- og Breiðholtshverfum.


Í skólahljómsveitunum er kennt á öll helstu málm-, tré-og slagverkshljóðfæri. Hægt er að óska eftir því að leigja hljóðfæri hjá hljómsveitunum um leið og sótt er um nám í skólahljómsveit.


Hér finnur þú yfirlit yfir námsmarkmið fyrir öll hljóðfæri sem kennt er á í skólahljómsveitum Reykjavíkur. 

What is the cost of joining the school orchestra?

Click on the links to their fee schedules below to view the cost to study with the school orchestra and rent an instrument for the semester.

Role and objective

  • Aim to increase students' ability to perform, analyze, and create music, as well as to listen to and enjoy it
  • Provide equal opportunities for music education

  • Foster social interaction

  • Improve self-discipline, cooperation, and independence

  • Promote increased music education and provide students with opportunities to perform

  • Support the musical development of other young people by performing through primary school orchestras

The musical instruments

The school orchestras teach all the major metal, woodwind, and percussion instruments. Instruments can be rented from the orchestras upon enrollment.

Documentation and links

Letter to parents regarding applications

Here is a letter to parents about school orchestra applications in Reykjavík for the 2023-2024 school year (IS)

Attitudes of parents of children in school orchestras

The survey was conducted in April and May 2018.

The purpose of the parent survey on behalf of the Department of School and Recreation is primarily fourfold:

  • To ensure parents can provide feedback on services
  • To give workplace administrators feedback on services
  • To give workplace administrators feedback on services
  • To help workplace administrators support the strengths of their operation and improve it further
  • To provide administrators at the Office of the Department of School and Recreation and elected representatives with information about services to fulfill their supervisory duties

All parents who had a child registered in a school orchestra in the spring of 2018 were asked to participate. Questions were only asked about one child per household. The survey was first sent to one parent's email and then the other's.