Music

Music education begins at the outset of each child's school career at Pembroke Hill. Musikgarten, a curriculum combining music with elements of movement and visual art, is introduced in the early childhood school. 

In the lower school, a curriculum that is based on the music education methods of Carl Orff and Zoltan Kodaly secures accuracy in singing and essential elements of music, while developing each child's ability to improvise and compose.  Students learn to play recorders and a wide range of classroom melody and rhythm instruments.  Fifth graders may elect to participate in an extracurricular chorus, which performs in venues both on and off campus.

Middle school music classes offer students opportunities to explore elements of melody, harmony, rhythm, form, historical style and cultural context in sixth grade general music and in a combined seventh and eighth grade chorus.

In the upper school, advanced studies in choral literature are offered through participation in the Concert Choir, the Chorale, the Madrigal Singers and Top Of The Hill, the vocal jazz ensemble.  Additionally, required entry level courses and elective classes in music history and music theory further enhance the students' understanding of the architecture of music and its historical significance. The Arts Focus program was created for those students who will advance their talents beyond secondary education or who show substantial talent and dedication to a particular arts area.  Students electing an arts focus track may choose vocal or instrumental music as an area of study.

Instrumental music classes begin in the fifth grade and continue through the middle and upper schools. Participation in instrumental ensembles of various sizes and opportunities for individual performance help promote artistic achievement through Pembroke Hill's music community.

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Upper School Band
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Middle School, SHOWCASE 2013
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Upper School, Into the Woods