Fay's music curriculum emphasizes learning by doing. In every grade, music is a regular part of every student's schedule, and our hands-on program helps students to develop proficiency in reading and writing music, and comfort and experience performing in groups and ensembles.
In our Primary and Lower Schools, the music curriculum is based on the educational philosophy of Zoltán Kodály and also incorporates the Orff and Dalcroze methods. Children develop musical skills through activities that include singing, movement, music reading and writing, improvisation, and playing instruments.
In fifth and sixth grade, students choose to participate in Chorus, Band, or Beginning Strings. The Lower School Chorus is a treble choir that sings pieces in unison and two parts. Students also practice music reading and listening skills through the use of movable do solfege and rhythm syllables. In Beginning Band, students choose from flute, oboe, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and baritone horn, while in Beginning Strings, students choose from violin or cello. In both groups, students learn the basics of playing their instruments and play beginning-level music as an ensemble. No previous instrumental experience is necessary.
In the Upper School, students choose a music course each year from an array of options that include Studio Recording, Bass Chorale and Treble Chorale, Bells, String Ensemble, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, and Basic Musicianship. These courses extend the theory and performance skills developed in the Lower School, but students new to Fay will also find that they can succeed in a beginning-level ensemble with little or no previous musical experience. Click here to read about our Upper School music offerings.