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Principia School

Music Education

US Music Education

Music education is integral to Principia’s entire program, starting with general music in the earliest grades and continuing through Upper School with band, choir, and other music classes. In Lower School, children are introduced to elements of rhythm and tone through folk songs, games, dances, and Orff instruments. By the end of third grade, they are learning how to play recorders and read music notation, and in fifth grade they choose a band instrument to focus on.

Participation in band is required during fifth grade and includes performing in two annual concerts. From sixth grade upward, band participation is optional, but many students choose to play in the Middle and Upper School concert/jazz bands. Students who continue band in the Upper School travel to perform music at several locations in the St. Louis area, including competing in concert and jazz festivals with other ensembles to showcase their musical excellence.

Our choral program starts in middle school, where students have the opportunity to develop their voices and musicianship and perform in two annual concerts. In the Upper School, there are two choral ensembles that allow students to build community, musicianship, vocal technique, and performance skills. The non-auditioned Concert Choir is open to any student who loves to sing. Chamber Singers is open by audition to more experienced singers beginning in grade 10. Advanced students in both choir and band participate in the Arts on Tour program, performing for audiences around the country.

MS Music Education