Music

Music education at King School begins in PreK and extends through grade 12. As part of our prestigious arts program at King School, our music arts attract the most students because of the wide range of opportunities that it holds.

Below is a list of highlighted courses available to the Upper School. For a full list of Music courses and curriculum please refer to the Lower School, Middle School and Upper School Curriculum Guides.

We also invite you to enjoy some of our wonderful performances.  

Holiday Remixes

Highlighted Courses

BEGINNING GUITAR

This course is designed for students brand new to the guitar or with minimal knowledge of the instrument. Students are taught all the open chords, beginning with bar chords, basic note reading, major and pentatonic scales. This knowledge is applied to as many pieces of music as possible. Students are required to have their own guitar to use for practice.

Piano Keyboard

This course is designed for students who would like to learn how to play the piano. Students are taught how to read music and learn how the notes translate to the keyboard. Students are required to practice outside of class. Topics covered include rhythm drills, melody phrasing, and playing chords and various styles of music. There is no prerequisite for this course, though enrollment is limited to the number of keyboards the School has available for the semester.

VOCAL ENSEMBLE

This course is designed to provide opportunities for students to work on various styles of music ranging from Madrigals to Musical theater. In this small class setting, students will have opportunities to sing challenging music and receive more individualized attention. Students enrolled in this course must also be enrolled in choir.

Student Music

Performed by King Students, Alumni and Staffulty

Instrumental Band Performance

Performing Arts in Action

Middle School students learn to play multiple instruments in King string ensemble program

Elizabeth Abbott '26 enthusiastically describes the joy of playing violin, sharing, "I love that we get to play during COVID times, and that I get to play an instrument I love, and have a passion for. Playing the violin is meaningful to me. The most challenging thing that I have learned when playing my violin is The Pirates of the Caribbean. It was both challenging and rewarding when it came together.  What I look forward to learning in this program is how to play harder songs where we have to change strings faster, and especially for 8th and 16th notes." 

Elizabeth is one of the Middle School musicians in the strings ensemble program. Colin Benn, Middle School Strings Faculty, "loves the process of taking something that is complex and breaking it down into manageable steps that, if practiced consistently, will yield positive results. This is my favorite element of teaching students how to learn a new instrument or piece."  Mr. Benn began co-teaching with Performing Arts Faculty Garrett Mendez during the 2019-2020 school year. This fall, Mr. Benn is sharing his musical expertise in string ensemble with Grade 6 and Grade 7 students and is excited that King has expanded the string ensemble program to include Grade 6 students.  

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The Upper School Band 2020 Fall Album rocks!  Enjoy The Penguin's Earth Angel, Presley's Hound Dog, plus more.

John Russell '22 reflects on the Upper School Band Rock & Roll unit, sharing, "Our focus in Band this quarter was 1950's rock and roll. We analyzed the music's form and composition; we also studied the history behind the music. This dual approach gave us a rich understanding of and appreciation for the artists of the time." Read the full story and enjoy listening to the students' album!

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Middle and Upper School thespians explore connection, communication and identity in Bridges, a series of play readings

Middle and Upper School's talented artists are collaborating this Fall to perform Bridges, a collection of powerful Readings centered on communication, connection, and identity.  These themes are highly relevant to adolescents and young adults and certainly resonate during this pandemic as we all try to understand how meaningfully to communicate and connect. 

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