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Music

How can music inspire creativity and promote risk-taking?

Students at PBS have ample opportunity to express themselves through music: singing, playing instruments, learning how to move to a beat, and performing in concerts.

Music class guides students through a sequential process of learning, using pentatonic song material, speech, movement, and ostinatos, as well as introducing instrumental parts through speech or body percussion. We balance appreciation of musical genres with the development of a working knowledge of key musical vocabulary. We nurture skill-development and produce creative and flexible musicians. Music classes incorporate a broad spectrum of pedagogical styles, including the philosophies of Carl Orff and Zoltan Kodály.

Performance practice is an integral part of the music program. Performances allow students to…

  • Demonstrate presentation and community-building skills
  • Develop confidence when expressing themselves in front of an audience
  • Foster positive collaboration with their peers in an ensemble
  • Experience the joys of performing

The music department at PBS provides students with the opportunity to develop their inherent musicianship and prepare for life-long participation in the performing arts.