Choral and Instrumental Music
The Primary School music program encompasses a wide variety of vocal and instrumental music. Through singing and listening activities, students develop a good sense of rhythm and pitch and build a foundation for lifelong music appreciation and literacy. Primary music classes often integrate cultural or historical selections with the classroom curriculum, developing a love and respect for a range of musical traditions.
The Kent Place Primary Chorus gives talented young singers (Grades 3-5) the opportunity to study and perform more challenging choral music – complementing their work in the classroom. Instrumental classes and private lessons allow students to broaden their musical experience. In the Primary Instrumental Ensemble, students apply their new playing skills in concerted pieces. Creative and lively performances take place regularly during the year in classes, at assemblies and in concert at the Arts Center.
Within the music program, students learn to appreciate great works of music literature through active participation in performances. Through participation in the Instrumental Ensemble, Girlchoir and general music classes, students work toward skill development and an understanding of music. Middle School performing groups are not auditioned. All groups are mixed grade levels. Students elect to participate in their music group of choice.
The repertoire for all performance groups is chosen by careful design and with respect to the level of both instrumentalists and choral singing. Students in the general music program have a curriculum that is designed to align with their areas and periods of study in other subjects. Demonstrations, workshops and performances are a regular part of music study. Additional opportunities for advanced performances are offered at the State, Division and National level for both choral singers and instrumentalists.
The department believes that the foundation of any school music program should be performance. Kent Place offers many opportunities for performance and artistic expression through its numerous performing ensembles, both large and small and in choral and instrumental music. Students are encouraged to pursue their talents in both instrumental and vocal performance. They are supported in their endeavors with private lessons from adjunct artist teachers and through small sectional advanced rehearsals under the auspices of the Music Department.
The department supplements performance with a curriculum that promotes understanding of musical literature, materials and history. Both performance groups and academic studies are designed to prepare for college musical studies, and for continuing recreational or professional activity. Independent study in music is reserved for those seniors who demonstrate a competence in music theory, history or performance who wish to pursue in-depth study of a designated historical period, the relation of music to other arts and humanities or an intensive performance-based project.
|Chamber Singers Perform at Carnegie Hall|
The Kent Place School Chamber Singers performed at Carnegie Hall with the Continuo Arts Symphonic Treble Chorus as part of the “Sounds of Music Series.” The Upper School students, under the baton of Dr. CandaceWicke, executive director of the Continuo Arts Foundation, sang Imant Raminsh’s “Missa Brevis,” Gary Fry’s “Hope” and the world premiere of “Sing a Song with Me.”