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Lower School Music

Children fully realize their innate musical instincts in our Lower School Music Program, and learn to be tuneful, "beat-ful", and artful.  That is, they sing tunefully, feel the pulse of the music, and respond to the expressiveness of the music.
  • Instruments: Extensive instrumental exposure, including pitched and non-pitched percussion instruments, handbells, tone chimes, recorders, and ukuleles.
  • Performances: Multiple musical performance opportunities developing poise, confidence and a love of music.  
  • Pedagogy and methodology: Research-based curriculum and developmentally-appropriate pedagogies (including Orff and Kodaly methodologies) that draw from quality literature including authentic folk songs and folk dances.
  • Lower School Chorus: The Lower School Chorus is open to any student in grades two to four who loves to sing. The Chorus performs at the Holiday Concert, The Sing: A Celebration of the Holidays, and the Spring Sing.

Upper School Music

Peck's Gr. 5-8 music program balances exposure to classical composers with artists from contemporary and world music genres. Students also learn to compose their own music, first as a class and then individually. 
  • Keyboard Lab: After mastering sight-reading, students use electronic keyboards and headphones to master increasingly complex skills that require flexibility, listening skills, and the ability to adapt.
  • Instrumental Music Program: Students learn to play a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument in a band ensemble setting. This program is available to students in Grades 4-8 and no prior experience or ability to read music is required. For maximum growth, participants should expect to practice 25 minutes a day, 7 days a week. Students are given group lessons and participate in full ensemble rehearsals that culminate in two public concerts at the end of the school year in May.
  • Handbell Ensemble: Each student is responsible for ringing two different bells, reading notated music, and playing the bells at precise times dictated by tempo and the music. Different skills emerge, improve, and are incorporated into playing bells such as movement, memory, sound awareness, coordination, and visual skills.
  • Unusual Instrument Project: Students learn about different regions of the world, different instruments of those regions, and see how creativity can spawn new music. Each develops a Padlet presentation about an unusual instrument of their choice.
  • Upper School ChorusStudents in grades five to eight who have a special interest in singing may choose to audition for the Upper School Chorus which meets weekly during the school day.  Students learn to sing in parts, refine diction, and work together to achieve a unified choral sound.

Tuneful - "Beat-ful" - Artful