Whether on stage, in the classroom, or in the band room, students are challenged to try new things, take risks, learn unexpected things, and discover many ways to succeed. The music curriculum is developed through both the Orff Schulwerk and the Kodály methods. These approaches teach music through rhythm, speech, and movement. These methods encompass natural and joyful ways of bringing music and children together. The Lower School program includes these categories: melody, rhythm, harmony, singing, movement, listening and appreciation, history, instruments (pitched and non-pitched), form, performance, improvisation, and vocabulary. Instructions and experiences begin with simple objectives and continue with increasing complexity. All teaching is appropriate to the children’s learning capabilities.
Students perform in both a Christmas and Spring concert.
Lower School Band (Grades 4-5)
Lower School Band is an introduction to traditional wind band instruments (flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, and percussion) and ensemble technique. Open to students in Grades 4-5. Instruments are provided by the school.
World Music (Grades 4-5)
World Music is a survey of Non-Western musical cultures and includes rhythm ensemble experience and performance. This course is offered as an alternative for fifth-grade students who currently study a non-wind band instrument and wish to continue this instruction privately (strings, piano, guitar).
Middle School Band
This course develops the foundational skills established in Lower School Band. Prior experience on instrument preferred, but beginner students may be accepted contingent upon commitment to private lessons. Students must provide their own instrument, with the exception of large percussion instruments. The Middle School Band is comprised of traditional wind band instruments only.
Middle School Chamber Music
Small ensemble for orchestral string instruments (violin, viola, cello, bass; limited number of pianists with teacher approval). Students develop individual musicianship and beginning chamber rehearsal and performance technique. Prerequisite skills: instrument proficiency and music literacy. String students must provide their own instrument.
Middle School Choir
This course expands upon the skills established in the Lower School General Music. This ensemble develops heathy singing habits in melodic and harmonic contexts, furthers the application of music theory, and cultivates performance technique and etiquette.
Introduction to the Performing Arts
IPA is a survey course of theatre, western instrumental music, and body percussion. Students engage with each discipline through individual and collaborative coursework on analyzing, composing, acting, writing, and performing.
Upper School Band
This course continues to develop the ensemble skills established in Middle School Band. There is also a greater amount of independence and transparency within the ensemble, and an emphasis on developing individual musicianship. Prior experience on instrument preferred, but beginner students may be accepted contingent upon commitment to private lessons. Students must provide their own instrument, with the exception of large percussion instruments. The Upper School Band is comprised of traditional wind band instruments only.
Upper School Chamber Music
Small ensemble for orchestral string instruments (violin, viola, cello, bass; limited number of pianists with teacher approval). Chamber music students refine individual musicianship and collaborative musicianship through study of chamber music repertoire, as well as rehearsal and performance techniques in small groups. Prerequisite skills: music literacy and instrument proficiency. String students must provide their own instrument.
Upper School Choir
This course expands upon the skills established in Middle School Choir. This ensemble continues to emphasize healthy singing habits but also strives to develop individual musicianship through study of repertoire of greater complexity and transparency.
Courses that have been offered, historically:
Introduction to Theatre
Introduction to Theatre is a course that provides a survey of the many facets involved in creating a theatre production. Units include the history of theatre, set design, costume design, performance techniques, playwriting, and script analysis.
Music Appreciation is a survey course that equips students to better understand the music around them by learning the elements of music. This course strives to connect contemporary music with its roots in history. The students will be introduced to historical genres from the Medieval Era through modern day.