Fine Arts: Choral Program

Beginning in the second grade, students meet for general music classes each day over the course of one term. All students are encouraged to sing, and by the end of the term have acquired considerable confidence. Music theory games make beginning music reading easy and enjoyable.

Third graders continue to build their singing skills and appreciation for all kinds of songs. They often sing in languages other than English. Two days each week are devoted to learning to play the recorder. This helps to develop fine motor skills. Children build their music reading skills while they learn to listen, count rhythm, and control their breathing.

In the fourth and fifth grades students sing as part of the Junior Varsity Concert Choir for 1 semester. Part-singing and basic harmony are the main focus for this group. The children also meet twice a week for band throughout the year.

Upper school music classes offer a number of options: Junior Varsity Concert Choir (grades 4,5, and 6) upper school singers (grades 7,8 and 9) Music History (grade 7) and Girls’ a cappella ensemble (Grades 8 and 9). These groups perform for the entire school at least once each trimester.

Junior Varsity Concert Choir is a one–trimester curriculum for 4th, 5th and sixth graders. Part-singing, harmony and vocal independence are emphasized. Often, students with experience at the piano accompany the singers.

Upper School Singers: 7,8,9 choral music seeks to learn a diverse array of music and performs as an upper school choir, or in smaller groups by grade, all over campus. We learn to read music, learn music by ear, sing harmonies and solos, experiment with call and response singing, and even compose our own music and arrangements. Our main goal is to have the singers learn to enjoy and appreciate vocal music by becoming more comfortable performing. We perform in classrooms, in front of the whole school, for the kitchen staff, and for administrators.  It is also emphasized that we sing with our whole bodies. The way a song is conveyed to an audience is as much about body language and expressiveness than it is about voice.