02 Fall Term

General Music is offered once in Fall Term and again in Winter Term. Major areas of study include music reading and notation, listening, composition, and music technology. Students play drums, piano, use Garage Band to create tracks, and learn a band instrument of their choice. The class is primarily designed for 9th grade students.

The Jazz Band performs big band as well as small group jazz. Improvisation skills are emphasized but are not a prerequisite. The jazz band utilizes some instruments not found in the other ensembles, such as drum set, electric bass, electric guitar, and piano. These rhythm section spots are highly competitive and placement is by audition. This is the most advanced ensemble in the school. The Jazz Band travels every year to compete in the Berklee College of Music High School Jazz Band Festival in Boston. The jazz band also features guest artists who give masterclasses and perform in concert. Past guests have included Garry Dial ('72), Dick Oatts, Rich DeRosa, Gary Haase, Gary Fienberg, Alan Ferber, Rohin Khemani (of Red Baraat), and Bobby Sanabria.

7th and 8th grade students interested in learning a wind, brass, or percussion instrument can sign up for group lessons (4 or 5 students per day) that will take place once a week during their activity period in Fall Term. The school has a large number of instruments available for student use including flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone, tuba, and snare drum. Sign Up takes place during the first week of Fall Term. Participating students who show interest and potential can also then join the Wind Ensemble during Winter Term.