Dr. Cottingham was appointed Interim Upper School Director in July 2021, and her Pingry experience includes three years as Upper School Academic Dean and a semester as Interim English Department Chair.
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.