We believe that music is an indispensable part of a well-rounded education. With that in mind, we offer students the opportunity to study vocal and instrumental music as well as music theory, addressing the needs of both experienced and experimental musicians through individualized and group instruction.
Music in the Lower School is based on the Orff-Schulwerk approach, integrating movement, speech, song, instrumental play, and creative dramatics. Improvisation is used to develop and encourage creative thinking. Music also plays a pivotal role in performances such as Grandparents' Day, the All-School Holiday Assembly, and Good Citizen Programs.
When students reach Middle School they have the opportunity to explore music through elective classes in band and orchestra. Classes are modeled for students both new to instrumental play and the experienced musician. Concerts are held several times a year and students have opportunities for performance on campus and in the community.
When students reach Upper School they have more options for music. Band, choir, percussion, and strings meet during the school day and perform at assemblies and concerts throughout the year. Additionally, these groups have opportunities to showcase their talents in the community at top venues. Upper Schoolers with a deep interest in music also have the opportunity to take music theory courses.
Student musicians are given numerous opportunities to perform both on and off campus. Concerts and recitals are held regularly on the main stage of the Center for the Arts in addition to performances at school events, assemblies, and athletic games. Our musicians have also performed at the Children's Discovery Museum, the Summerlin Festival of Art, and the Bellagio Hotel. We have also had students receive superior rankings at the Solo and Ensemble Clark County Competition and be accepted to the Honors Performance Youth Orchestra Series, which played at Canergie Hall.