Music

Music instruction in the Lower School emphasizes the Orff-Schulwerk and Kodaly approaches to build musicianship in each child. Students learn folk songs, dances, and movement games from the United States and around the world. They explore rhythm with speech, rhymes, and body percussion, advancing to using basic percussion instruments. Orff instruments are introduced in Grade 1, and students begin to develop a "musical ear." Students in grades 1 through 5 attend music class twice each week.

The Middle School music program builds earlier skills. Students are exposed to music theory; singing in the keys of C, F, and G; and playing and singing polyphonic lines of music. Using Orff instruments, students are taught improvisation. Students explore songs in minor keys and jazz scales. Students have opportunities to sing both solo and with a chorus as they are taught proper vocal production and singing techniques.

Two annual concerts are performed in the Sister Carlotta Performing Arts Center — a Christmas concert and a spring concert. In choral, instrumental, and solo performances, all students showcase their musical abilities.

Students playing xylophones
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