Music and Performing Arts
As educators and musicians we believe that music education of the highest quality belongs to children. We believe that through our curriculum, students will learn the value of practice, as well as the value of listening, memorizing, and pattern recognition that will enable them to stay focused for extended periods of time. It is our hope that these important skills will impact the students' current classroom studies and beyond.
Our music curriculum is based on the philosophy and concepts of Zoltan Kodály (1882-1967) which can be summed up as the practice and belief in musicianship development through singing. The sequential study of musical literacy and artistry prepares our boys and girls for a lifetime of enjoyment and participation in the musical arts as performers or as appreciative, well-educated audience members.
The Kodály curriculum is one in which students learn music literacy and music artistry through active participation. All students from PreKindergarten through 8th grade receive a great wealth of musical instruction. Students sing, read, write, and perform melodies and rhythm, play percussion instruments, understand musical form, perform with artistic integrity, analyze masterpieces, dance, study guitar, and apply concepts and skills to compose their own music. Students also enjoy using our Mac computer lab where integrated music technology curriculum aids classroom learning.
Performances abound at Montgomery School! Prekindergarten through 2nd graders perform songs and musicals for holiday chapels and Grandparents and Special Friends' Day. Third graders, Lower School Choir (grades 4 and 5) and Middle School Concert Choir (grades 6-8) perform broad choral repertoire in the annual winter and spring concerts. The Middle School Concert Choir and various music ensembles perform in various off-campus venues in addition to occasional chapel appearances throughout the year.
Enrichment is provided for students through field trips, the Middle School Musical, and working with visiting artists during Visiting Artist Week. Talented students are encouraged to take private lessons in the areas that interest them. Students who are taking lessons both inside and outside of Montgomery are encouraged to perform in chapels and concerts throughout the School year.