Chorus is for students to sing and make music together! No singing experience is necessary and students will not be required to sing solo. Students explore the fundamentals of singing including proper posture, breathing techniques, intonation, and phrasing. Repertoire includes simple choral pieces in unison and with harmony. The joy of singing is what this experience is all about!
Music & Movement
Music & Movement classes are based on the pedagogical theories of Orff, Kodaly, and Dalcroze. Students explore musical elements through movement, folk songs, games, and other hands-on activities.
Some of the skills emphasized in Music & Movement include:
- Matching pitch with the voice
- Keeping a steady beat
- Reading and understanding rhythmic notation
- Sight singing from the staff
Chamber Music Class
Students are placed in small groups according to age and level and are coached by the faculty on chamber repertoire. Students learn the skills of ensemble performance and explore the roles of other instruments. This class is for intermediate to advanced students. Students must submit a recent recording and repertoire list, in order to participate in a chamber music group.
Musicianship includes the study of many aspects of music. Musicianship Class consists of rhythmic ensemble, conducting, composing, music history, theory, ear training, and note reading. Students are also introduced to other genres such as folk and jazz.
Students perform for their peers and a faculty coach in a relaxed and informal setting and, in the process, work on performance skills such as proper preparation and stage etiquette.
Students work on vocal performance topics while learning and performing small ensembles (duets, trios, or quartets) from classical and musical theater repertoire. This class is specifically for voice students, since it deals with the challenges and creative challenges that arise while singing in harmony and performing with other singers.
All string instruments—violin, viola, cello, double bass—are invited to participate in the string ensemble. Students rehearse standard string ensemble repertoire each day with a conductor and give a performance on the final Saturday of the program.
Full Day Program - Instrument Offerings
Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Guitar, Voice, Flute, Clarinet,
Saxophone, Trombone, Percussion, Composition