Every student at The Girls’ School has the opportunity to develop music literacy through active participation. Girls choose violin or piano in kindergarten, and may choose violoncello or viola beginning in second grade.
The lower school strings group classes are formatted for the student to experience an optimum music-making environment. Classes focus on posture with the student’s instrument, sound-production, intonation, music theory and group performances.
The middle school strings classes promote a more autonomous approach to the instrument while developing a refined level of musicianship. Students participate in the choice of repertoire and become more critical in their playing and practicing. They tackle a wider variety of musical styles, including pop songs, world music, and unedited classical pieces, and work on making their playing more expressive, using vibrato and a wider bowing palette. This experience becomes a springboard for more in-depth discussions of music theory, as well as of its correlation with other fields.
The K-8 Piano program is designed to promote a life-long love of music. A student's course of study is tailored to her individual skill level and consists of a unique combination of one-on-one and group lessons.