The music program offers students opportunities for cultural and aesthetic experiences through active participation in music in a variety of ensembles and private study. The department produces and sponsors musical events that enhance the cultural life of the campus, the school community and the Richmond area. Its goal in and out of the classroom is to create a musical community that is rich with cultural, social and intellectual diversity.

Instrumental Music

The ability to create music through improvisation, composition or imitation helps each student comprehend the concept of music as a language. As musicians, students are not only challenged to learn what it means to be a member of a music ensemble but also to meaningfully interact with other members during a rehearsal or performance. Among the many benefits of playing an instrument is the ability to develop skills that are learned by playing standard solo, ensemble, orchestra and jazz literature. This allows a path for our students to become knowledgeable advocates, performers and teachers of music in society. In order to enhance the music ensemble experience, private instruction is offered with members of the private teaching faculty that are among the very best in the Richmond area.

Instrumental Ensembles Offered
2nd Grade String Ensemble
3rd/4th Grade String Ensemble
4th Grade Band
5th/6th Grade Band
7th/8th Grade Band
5th/6th Grade String Ensemble
7th/8th Grade String Ensemble
Upper School Orchestra
Viridaur String Ensemble
Middle School Guitar Ensembles: Beginning/Intermediate/Advanced
Upper School Guitar Ensemble
Upper School Jazz Band
Pit Orchestra (Fall Musical Only)

Upper School Music Clubs
Con Brio

In order to maintain a quality program, we strongly encourage students to take private lessons, either at school or off-campus. If you have any questions about lessons, please email or call the teacher that corresponds to your child’s area of interest.
Melissa Jones                                               Connie Tuttle
Instrumental Music                                       Piano Studies Coordinator

"The arts offers a place to express oneself, and to have the opportunity to be part of a community that is supportive at the highest level. From the students to faculty to the parent community, there is not a better place than Collegiate to begin the journey of discovering one’s passion."
Mike Boyd
Director of the Arts

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