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Instrumental Programs

Ensemble

Lower School Ensemble is a chance for beginners in Class 5, as well as students with some experience, to learn new instruments. Each student has the opportunity to play in a group under the leadership of a conductor. New music throughout the year allows students to work on technique and improve sight-reading skills. Performances include the Christmas concert and the Spring Music Festival. (Please note: Beginners are referred to a rental company for rental instruments, and the company works with the school to make renting an easy process.)​ 

Middle School Ensemble and Upper School Ensemble allow students the opportunity to play in a group under the leadership of a conductor, and also perform as featured soloists. New music throughout the year allows students to work on technique and improve sight-reading and arrangements and repertoire are tailored to the particular group of individuals every year. Performances include the Thanksgiving and Christmas Assemblies, as well as Arts Night.​​

Jazz Band

Jazz Band is open to upper school students and meets weekly for rehearsals. The group performs throughout the year at school events. Repertoire is typically jazz but may also cross over into other genres depending on student interest.

Musicales

Musicales give students in Classes 2-5 a chance to share with their classmates and families the musical work they’ve been doing outside of school with private instructors. Performers are required to be taking lessons either on an instrument or with a voice teacher if singing.​
 

Chamber Music

Students in the upper school who are interested in chamber music may choose to play in smaller groups, such as piano trios or string quartets. These groups are coached by members of the music faculty who help in choosing pieces appropriate to the group’s skill level and who work with students on interpretation, technique, and ensemble playing.

Jam Club

Jam Club is a student-run group that meets during activity blocks. Expect fun and lively rock, jazz, and pop jam sessions.


Other performance opportunities for instrumentalists exist throughout the year. In addition to our annual events, students with a special interest in music can perform during assemblies, all-school meetings, alumni/ae events, talent shows, and occasional off-campus events.

 

Contact Us

Phone: 617-522-5544 • Absence Reporting Line: 617-751-3400

Email: info@dextersouthfield.org

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