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Music is required of all Middle School students. Pingry’s Middle School music program seeks not only to foster skill development in singing and playing in ensembles but also to help cultivate an appreciation for many diverse styles of music. Performance material is selected from an array of diverse musical styles that offer students the opportunity to experience historically significant works through contemporary repertoire. 

The Department has an adjunct staff which provides private lessons at the school. These lessons are given after school hours and are billed separately to the student account. As an integral part of the learning process, private lessons are strongly recommended. They can be arranged through the school or scheduled by the student outside the school. Students who participate in the program usually go on to play and/or sing in the Upper School.

Optional sectionals are also offered after school from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for Woodwinds, Percussion, Strings, and Brass.

Music Ensembles

Music ensembles provide students with the opportunity to prepare for performances in a variety of venues. Students may sing or play instruments at age-and skill-appropriate levels. Music study uniquely develops the simultaneous use of all of the senses. The teamwork experience is crystallized in the ensemble rehearsal and performance. Learning to work together toward specific student-driven performance goals is key to the ensembles' value and success. Music ensembles provide the basis for Winter and Spring school-wide concerts and a Middle School only Winter trimester performance. 

Boy and girl playing string instruments at concert.