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Joyful Sounds

The lower school music program encourages a broad appreciation of music across grades. The curricular focus is on choral and general music instruction, including skill building around listening, rhythm, notation, movement, dictation, music history, improvisation, composition, analysis, and performance. All students are exposed to a variety of musical tools designed to foster musical growth, including Orff instruments, hand percussion, recorded music, notation software, and theory coursework.

Lower school students frequently share their music with classmates and the school community though performance: Brown Bag lunchtime performances, all-school concerts, grade-level music nights, evening recitals, and public performances. All performance opportunities are extensions of the classroom and individual instrumental study and showcase the curricular focus of both the classroom instructor and private-lesson experience.


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Program Offerings

The music schedule provides students frequent opportunities for skill building and group musical experiences:

Grades preK1:
General music twice a week

Grades 2–4:
General music instruction once a week
Choir twice a week

The choral portion of the lower school music program begins in second grade. These large ensembles sing pieces from a variety of cultural and musical perspectives, including classical, folk, modern, and choral music in world languages.

The pedagogical focus of the second- and third-grade choir is the encouragement and growth of basic musical skills, including group cohesion, pitch, breath support, diction, dynamics, and following a conductor. The fourth-grade choir continues from this foundation with the introduction of more advanced musical ideas and repertoire, with special attention given to preparing for musical presentations.

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Please click below for more information:

Music Program Overview
Middle School • Grades 5–8
Upper School • Grades 9–12
Menuhin-Dowling Music Program
Private Music Instruction



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