High School Music Classes
Wyncote's high school music classes provide opportunities for students to explore their musical interests and develop their musical talents. Students may explore one or more of the following strands: instrumental music, vocal music, composition/arranging, and music production.
Instrumental and vocal music - Students may receive group or one-one-one instruction on one or more of the following: voice, piano, drums, guitar, bass, mandolin, violin, ukulele, recorder, clarinet, and saxophone. Ensembles are formed to accommodate students students' interests and abilities. Performance opportunities include three annual talents shows (November, February, and June), a winter/holiday concert (December), and a spring musical OR spring concert (May).
Composition/arranging and music production - Students may pursue writing their own songs, rap, or instrumental music. Students who pursue this strand will study the elements of music theory and compositon. Students interested in songwriting will also explore a range of approaches to lyric writing. Students interested in music production, will learn the basics of both live recording and digital music production. Students have access to a range of music writing and poduction software, including Audacity, Musescore, FL Studio, and Pro Tools.
Middle School Music Classes
While high school music classes emphasize individualized musical instruction, middle school classes are more focused on group instruction. Students learn a range of fundamental music skills - e.g. reading and performing rhythms in various meters, identifying the instruments of the symphony orchestra by sound, writing and performing simple melodies, etc. Students are exposed to a wide range of musical styles from from around the world. One of the goals of the middle school program is to help students identify their own musical preferences,and identify the specifc musical characteristics that they find appealing.