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Music is an aesthetic experience that fosters creativity within the child. The goal of The Wellington School Music Department is to provide opportunities for the self-expression of this creativity, and encourage the understanding of how music contributes to the richness of our society and world cultures.
Students from Little Jags through grade 12 are given the opportunity to participate in a variety of musical experiences, both performance and analytically based. Students are guided and encouraged as they develop a lifelong joy and appreciation for music in its various forms.
Building an early musical foundation
Our youngest musicians experience and perform music while learning basic musical elements. The lower school music curriculum is sequenced so that students make connections with other academic areas as well. The children are exposed to a wide variety of music, including folk music, art songs, composed classics, and music of world cultures. Students listen to many styles, and learn to create music themselves. The children use this repertoire of songs to experience, discover, and practice new and old musical elements that are introduced in a child-centered progression.
Strings instruction begins in 4th grade, and formal band and choral instruction begin in 5th grade. Advanced Music Theory is offered in upper school along with a selection of ensembles that perform throughout the year both in and out of school. Every Wellington student in the upper school is required to complete one year of a performing art.
Upper-level programs create special opportunities
The Upper School Strings, Choir and Band programs offer students a wide range of opportunities in which to express themselves and develop their musical talents. Opportunities include Jazz Band, Concert Band, Pep Band, Choir, Vocal Ensembles, String Ensemble, and String Quartet. Upper school performing tours have included visits to New York, Toronto, Chicago, and China.
String students in grades 7 through 12 have worked with The Section Quartet, rock violinist Mark Wood, and jazz violinist Christian Howes. Ensembles perform several concerts each year, including competitions. String students in grades 5 through 8 attend Ashland University for an annual string festival.
By the end of The Wellington School educational experience and our course of study in Music, all students will have been given the opportunity to explore and experience music first-hand through performance, observation, and classroom discovery.