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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, artful, and beatful."  That is, they understand tune, respond to expressiveness in music, and can connect movement with beat.
  • 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 Ort and Kodaly methodology) that draw from quality literature and source materials, including authentic folk songs and folk dances.

Upper School Music

Our 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. As an eighth grade elective, students may play in Peck's instrumental/vocal rock band, School of Rock.
  • 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 (Voluntary): 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 individual lessons and participate in group rehearsals that culminate in two public concerts at the end of the school year in May.
  • Handbell Choir: 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.

Tuneful, Artful, Beatful



247 South Street  |  Morristown, NJ
Northern New Jersey's timeless and transformative co-ed independent elementary and middle school education for grades K-8.