Ensembles

Students find the most joy out of making music with their peers and having the flexibility to take on leadership roles within an ensemble. We offer musical ensembles at many levels, giving students an opportunity to participate in a wide variety of musical experiences during their time at The Montessori School of Music.

Band
Heather Brannon, Director
Beginning in fourth grade, students are welcome to join the band. begband214They can choose between the flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, euphonium, or percussion. This experience builds on their strong musical foundation created in their years in the Lower Elementary. The band rehearses during the school day. Any Upper Elementary or Middle School student is welcome to join the band.

Chorus
Heather Brannon, DirectorUEchorus13crop
Beginning in fourth grade, students are welcome to join the chorus. Chorus is a great opportunity for students to formally study vocal music, building on their strong musical foundation created in their years in the Lower Elementary. The chorus rehearses during the school day. Our choral program is inspired by the Orff Schulwerk approach, which creatively incorporates music with movement. Any Upper Elementary or Middle School student is welcome to join the chorus, regardless of ability.


Percussion EnsemblePercussion 2015

Heather Brannon, Director
Percussion Ensemble at the Middle School builds upon concepts learned in Upper Elementary. We study percussion music from around the world, including African and Latin American drumming. In addition to hand drumming, we also use bucket drums as a great contrast to our studies. The percussion ensemble rehearses weekly during the school day. Our percussion program is inspired by the Orff Schulwerk approach, which creatively incorporates music with movement. Any Middle School student is welcome to join percussion ensemble, regardless of ability.

Violin & Piano
Adrea Smith Director
Piano and violin is open to Children’s House Extended Day and Lower Elementary students. Piano studies use the Alfred Method. Violin studies use the Suzuki method, but also emphasize reading standard musical notation. Each studio session is taught once a week, in a group setting.