Music

Through the musical arts students learn to take risks, problem-solve and communicate through the act of creation, an act that requires full participation of the body, mind, and spirit.

Music at Worcester Preparatory School introduces students to the skills, tools and history of music as a discipline, providing opportunities to explore and express both a personal and communal experience. The music classroom is a collaborative environment that encourages students to examine their own knowledge and processes, alongside those of their peers. The musical skills, passions and curiosity nurtured in students influence their development as thinkers, workers and citizens throughout their lifetimes.

Music and Drama are an early focus for Lower School Students (Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 5) as students attend music classes twice a week. Throughout the year they host parents, grandparents, and friends at events such as the Christmas Candlelight Program, the Spring Music & Art Festival, Grandparents' Day, science programs, and a variety of classroom presentations

Middle School Chorus

Middle School Chorus is open to all interested sixth, seventh and eighth grade students and meets once a week throughout the school year.  It is a great time for students to discover and find their own musical voice, including strategies to adjust to the changing-voice for both male and female vocalists. Elements of singing technique taught in the course include proper breathing, vocal production, vowel formation, expression, intonation, and range expansion. Students in Middle School Chorus sing a repertoire that is varied and challenging in SA (2-part), ranging from classical pieces, spirituals, folk songs, jazz, and popular/contemporary compositions. The Middle School Chorus performs concerts in both the winter and late spring, as well as for select WPS assemblies and all-school events.

Grade 6 Instrumental Music Class + 6th Grade Stage Band

Every sixth grader learns to play a band instrument in the Grade 6 Instrumental Music classes that meet twice a week, in addition to a (still-to-be) scheduled once a week full-grade Grade 6 Stage Band ensemble time.  Additional rehearsals for sections and individuals are also scheduled occasionally during non-academic and lunch periods on an as-needed basis as concert dates approach. Advanced instrumentalists in Grade 6 Music may also have the opportunity to audition for small, more challenging ensembles in the Middle School. The Grade 6 Stage Band performs two concerts a year, one in the winter and one in the spring, as well as occasional select WPS assemblies and all-school events.

7th/8th Grade Concert Band

The 7/8 Concert Band meets once a week together as a cross-graded ensemble. Additional rehearsals for sections and individuals will be scheduled as needed. This ensemble is offered for students who are already playing a band instrument (woodwinds, brass, percussion) and not beginners, as class time will allow for minimal practice time, rather ensemble performance time. {Regular efforts must be made in the home and with a private teacher in order for students to fully grasp the mechanics and understanding of their instrument.}  Students in the Concert Band may also have the opportunity to audition for small, more challenging ensembles. The Concert Band performs two concerts a year as well at select WPS assemblies and all-school events.  

*As the 7/8 Concert Band only meets one time per week as a full-ensemble, all students in the 7/8 Concert Band are strongly encouraged to take private lessons outside of school with a private instructor in order to maintain and further their musical skill-set on their individual instrument.

Upper School Chorus

The Upper School Chorus is open to students in all Upper School grades (9-12) and meets once a week throughout the school year. This ensemble sings a variety of compositions in SAB (3-part) and SATB (4-part) that include Renaissance pieces through contemporary compositions (including world music) and a mix of both sacred and secular texts.  Elements of singing technique taught in the course include proper breathing, vocal production, vowel formation, expression, intonation, and range expansion. Elements of musicianship such as sight-reading, ear training and score analysis are also an essential part of the course. Students in this ensemble are required to sing a number of performances for school assemblies, events and evening concerts throughout the school year.

Upper School Chamber Ensemble

Members of the Upper School Chorus may audition for membership in the Chamber Ensemble in late spring. Vocalists who audition and are invited to join this ensemble to rehearse additional musical selections in SATB (4-part) advanced a cappella in classical, spiritual, folk, modern, jazz and popular/contemporary music genres. Students in Ensemble meet once a week, in addition to Upper School Chorus, and perform in concert venues that include WPS Open House events and multiple off-campus locations throughout the school year.