Music education is an integral part of the Lower School curriculum. The program is designed to excite children about music by connecting music, words, and movement through rhythm into lessons that inspire the students' creativity and innovation. Music is a "whole body experience" with students learning to play various instruments including unpitched percussion instruments, xylophones, and the recorder, in addition to singing and dancing.
All of these experiences enable the students to learn concepts such as rhythm, melody, harmony, style, and expression while performing. Students learn about various composers by listening to their works throughout the year. As with other aspects of the Brentwood School program, the music program is integrated with other studies. As 3rd Grade students journey the world they learn about various operas, and 6th Grade students perform an original musical version of The Odyssey.
Students have the opportunity to share their talents and all they have learned in both winter and spring performances. But these are like no other elementary school performances, for each grade puts together and performs its own unique hour-long program. Every child is a star as they sing, dance, and play instruments on the stage. In addition, every spring the Kindergarten and 6th Grade classes each perform in special musical theater productions.
There is also an after-school music theater program open to students in Grades 4 and 5. Students with a passion for music and performance may enroll in the program, which provides them added opportunities to develop their interests and talents.