Education in music is critical to the development of the whole child. Beginning in Children’s House, HMS students have access to music training in their home classrooms through singing, poetry, tone matching and listening to various styles of music. They attend music class weekly to receive more in-depth music training through poetry, songs, instrumental exploration, movement and dance.
Lower Elementary students further develop foundational musical skills by attending music class twice a week. Students learn music created by master musicians of various cultures in addition to note reading, note writing and music theory. Regular exposure to solo singing, part singing, basic keyboard, recorder performance, ensemble performance and social dance deepen their musical understanding and ability.
Upper Elementary students begin studying a string, woodwind or brass instrument. They use their musical skills to play in solo, small ensemble and large ensemble settings as they create music with others. Many students choose to take private lessons on their chosen instruments—or another instrument, such as piano or guitar—through the HMS Conservatory of Music. This enriches and accelerates their development and adds to the ability of the group.
Middle School students choose to participate as part of the Middle School Ensemble or in creative expression opportunities where they, in concert with a skilled faculty member, set the course for the area they wish to explore. Creative expressions topics have included basic guitar performance, small group singing and sound recording, among many others. Music in the Middle School encapsulates the aim of education at HMS, helping students develop leadership, responsibility, confidence and a sense of greater purpose.