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.
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.
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.