General Music is required for students in grades 3 through 6. Students develop a foundation in the many and varied qualities of musicianship that will enable them to be successful in all of their musical pursuits. In addition to developing their technical skills and understanding, students learn to take creative risks, to think critically, and to work collaboratively. In exploring music from a wide range of cultures and traditions, students deepen their interest in and sensitivity to the communities of people who created it.
In Music 7 students examine the role of popular song in American culture and in their own lives from the perspectives of performer, composer, and social historian. The Music Technology Lab serves as a focus for hands-on exploration of popular song styles and their roots, beginning with the turn of the century and the blues. Using electronic keyboards and composition software, students arrange, create, and improvise. In small collaborative groups, students focus on music written to effect social change by creating their own songs and producing a short radio show on a topic of interest.
Upper School students may choose from a variety of music electives including:
- Music Composition & Arranging with Technology
- Music Theory 1 and 2
- Vocal Technique, Auditioning, and Cabaret