Music At Stuart Hall
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 students the opportunity to explore and sample performance practices through participation in music ensembles, and further development of music literacy.
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 also participate in chorus.
6th Grade Band
Students focus fundamental technique of playing flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, and trombone. Students combine these skills with learning to play in an ensemble, making musical decisions, and playing with dynamics,
proper articulation, and phrasing. Students learn to read standard musical notation for their instrument and perform at least twice per year. This class is “split-block” where students take band for 40 minutes. For the remaining 40 minutes, students take Art during the first semester and Theatre during the second semester.
7th and 8th Grade Band
Following the successful completion of the 6th Grade Band class, students in the 7th & 8th Grade Band continue to build on basic music literacy by reading and analyzing music written in standard notation. Students study fundamental music theory. Students perform at least three concerts per year.
Music classes are open to all students. Music classes include:
- Introduction to Music: This course focuses on the fundamentals of music such as pitch and rhythm notation, triad and seventh chord construction, rhythm and meter, intervals, scale construction, analysis of scores through form and function, Roman Numeral Analysis, secondary chord functions and beginning composition. This course
also introduces aural skills such as sight-singing, ear training, and basic keyboard and guitar harmony.
- AP Music Theory: The ultimate goal of AP Music Theory is to develop a student's ability to recognize,understand, and describe the basic materials and processes of music that are heard or presented in a musical score.
Upper School students have multiple opportunities to participate in musical ensembles. Ensembles include:
- Upper School Instrumental Ensemble
- Chamber Ensemble - an auditioned ensemble held after school
Extra-curricular opportunities in music include District V chorus and band auditions and events, Senior Regional Orchestra auditions and events, All-State auditions, Divisional and National ACDA Honor Choirs, and events and competitions as appropriate.
Middle School and Upper School students have multiple opportunities to participate in musical ensembles. Chorus is open to students grades 7 through 12, and provides extended technical training in the choral arts, as well as
teaching and supporting applied understanding of music fundamentals. Additionally, students may audition for opportunities in our touring choir (destinations announced at the beginning of each year), the Select Chamber Choir, and Fermata the Blue (a cappella).