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Music Program Overview

The primary goal of the Upper School Music program is to broaden each student's understanding of the fundamental music concepts -- rhythm, melody, harmony, texture, and form -- while building confidence and proficiency in musical expression.

The curricular emphasis through the Upper School years includes the following areas of study: 
  • Recognizing the relationship of music identity, culture, and emotion. 
  • Demonstrating understanding of basic songwriting structure.  
  • Developing an increased appreciation of the power of a songwriter’s personal expression.
  • Exploration of a cappella singing and beatboxing with the Incredibox application.
  • Demonstrating an appreciation of Arts Activism for Social Justice with a culminating group project presentation that includes representative poetry, music, and visual expression.
Examples of Projects & Technology
  • Students explore Chrome Music Lab and develop proficiency in using the iPad GarageBand to compose a five-part GarageBand "sound story" and film trailers. 
  • Working independently and at their own pace, students further developed their sight-singing skills with the Music Prodigy practice and assessment assignments.  
  • The Drama/Virtual Vocal Ensemble elective explores various aspects of theatrical production work and vocal performance. Topics included are the roles of playwright, director; stage manager; set, costume, and sound designers; as well as the role of actor. 

Music Faculty

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    Rachel Allen 

    Upper School Music, 8th Grade Advisor
    415.751.0187, ext. 332
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