Music

High school students from Shady Side Academy playing guitar and singingJunior School

Junior School students learn to understand, participate in and enjoy the art of music as a lifelong activity. They develop skills in memory, discovery, self-expression, observation, concentration and risk-taking. All students have general music classes in grades PK-5 as well as instrumental music classes in grades 2-5, beginning with recorder and moving to woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. Grade-level and school-wide concerts and performances throughout the year give students the chance to share their musical talents and become comfortable performing for an audience.

Middle School

The Middle School music curriculum emphasizes individual growth. The study of the creative process and self-expression in music fosters self-confidence and develops an appreciation of the historical and cultural aspects of music. All students take music classes every year, choosing either a large ensemble class (Concert Band, Chorus, String/Keyboard Ensemble) or General Music class (music appreciation for non-performers). Students also have the option to audition for smaller, more advanced ensembles (Jazz Band, Core Choir, Select Strings). Ensembles perform at two school-wide concerts each year, as well as a number of smaller school events.

Senior School

The Senior School offers a wide range of music courses that students may take to fulfill the arts requirement, including large ensembles and small, audition-based ensembles. Courses include Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble and String Orchestra. An all-boys a cappella group, The Intonations, debuted in 2015. These musical groups perform at four school concerts per year as well as other special events such as Homecoming. Choral, strings and band students may join the annual spring music trips to cities such as New York, Chicago and Toronto to perform, enjoy musical and cultural experiences, and meet professional musicians. Elective courses are also offered in Electronic Sound Studio, Music Technology and Music Theory.

Junior School Instrumental Music

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Middle School Strings Class

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Senior School Choir Concert

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