The music curriculum at St. Anne’s-Belfield School welcomes all students and encourages active and spirited engagement from Pre-School through twelfth grade. Students are given frequent opportunities to explore and expand their own creative and musical talents in the classroom, and through performances at all grade levels.
Students in Kindergarten through fifth grade take part in the Orff-Schulwerk curriculum, a comprehensive approach to performing arts education that incorporates music, dance, and drama. Students in an Orff classroom create, compose, and improvise at all age levels while constantly building music literacy.
Our students in Kindergarten through fourth grade perform in several events during the year in which each student sings, dances, and plays an instrument. Students in fifth grade, in addition to continuing with the Orff curriculum, also begin instruction on the violin, viola, cello, or bass. This is the fifteenth year of our fifth through twelfth grade string program which utilizes the Bornoff Approach.
Students in sixth through eighth grade can build upon these experiences by joining either our Sixth Grade Choir or Orchestra (Haydn Orchestra) and the Seventh and Eighth Grade Choir (Saintly Voices) or Orchestra (Mozart Orchestra). These classes focus on building both individual technique and ensemble playing, and students perform in multiple events throughout the year.
Students in the Upper School may choose from a variety of vocal and instrumental ensembles. Our students regularly perform at school and community events, and routinely represent the School at the district, regional, state, and national level.
Instrumentalists may play in the Philharmonic Orchestra and may audition to also play in either the Honors Wind Ensemble or Counterpoints (Honors Strings). Vocalists may sing in the Upper School Concert Choir and may audition to sing in one of two Honors Vocal Ensembles, Elements of Sound (coed) or TrebleMakers (all female). Students may participate in both instrumental and choral ensembles.
Two levels of music theory are also offered in the Upper School: Fundamentals of Music Theory and AP Music Theory.