Music At Stuart Hall

Stuart Hall Music Program

The music program at Stuart Hall provides students with a well-rounded experience in all facets of music education. The Lower School focuses primarily on music literacy with performance opportunities, and the Middle School applies literacy skills and performance techniques to real-life opportunities. The Upper School curriculum offers two tracks: one for more exploration and sampling of performance practices through participation in music ensembles, and further development of music literacy; the second for students who wish to follow a more serious, arts emphasis track that will lead to future study at the college and/or professional level.

Lower School


Beginning in PreK, students take music classes every week. The program includes: singing alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music appropriate to grade level, performing on various instruments, music history, fold dances and songs from various countries, music literacy, composition, and improvisation. Performances opportunities occur in school assemblies and at all school programs. Students in grades 3-5 may elect to participate in chorus. 

Middle School

All 6th and 7th grade students take a nine-week class in general music where they study music theory, beginning composition, song, dance, xylophone ensemble music, guitar, world drumming, and more. The 8th grade has semester-long classes. Students choose two areas of the arts to study: music, visual arts, or theatre.

Upper School

Stuart Hall Choir

Music classes are open to all students. Music classes include:

  • Introduction to Music
  • AP Music Theory

Instrumental Ensembles

Middle School and Upper School students have multiple opportunities to participate in musical ensembles. Ensembles include:

  • Middle School Orchestra
  • Upper School Orchestra
  • Chamber Ensemble - an auditioned ensemble held after school

Vocal Ensembles

Middle School and Upper School students have multiple opportunities to participate in musical ensembles. Ensembles include:

  • Chorus
  • Fermata the Blue - an auditioned A Capella ensemble

Music Emphasis

The Music Emphasis Program requires students to study Introduction to Music, AP Music Theory, and at least three semesters of a Stuart Hall Performing Ensemble, in which the student holds a leadership position. Music Emphasis students are required to take at least two semesters of private lessons. A Senior Capstone Project involves either giving a solo recital, or writing and directing an original composition.

Stuart Hall Voices

"The thing I love most about Stuart Hall is the sense of family." 

—Mariah '16