Music instruction begins in pre-K and continues throughout the 12th grade. The Lower School music program operates on the premise that all children are born with musical potential. Instruction provides many opportunities to develop each student’s innate musicality. In the higher grades, music electives are offered for students who wish to deepen their musical study.
Along with small class instruction and group and solo performances, sight-reading and sight-singing skills are emphasized. Reading and notating music begins as early as Pre-kindergarten. Exposure to a wide variety of music and musical styles is achieved in Lower School through listening, movement, and performance repertoire. With the use of recorded or live music, students use their bodies to demonstrate understanding of pitch, rhythm, tempo, dynamics, texture, form and style.
The string orchestra program serves students grades three through twelve and offers a sequential progression of skills. Classes are taught in large and small heterogeneous ensembles. The literature and repertoire these ensembles learn covers four centuries of classical music and string orchestra traditions from a variety of countries and cultures.
In addition to general music and strings offered at the elementary level, students in grades six through 12 partake in the Chorus Program. In Upper School, students may participate in the Concert Choir, Honors Chorus, or Jazz Band. AP Music Theory is also offered.
Smaller ensembles consist of male and female a cappella groups and a mixed madrigal ensemble. Students from grades seven through twelve regularly audition for the Georgia All-State Choirs. Students from grades six through twelve are given the opportunity to audition for the ACDA National Honor Choirs.