Music and Performing Arts - Middle School

The music and performing arts programs at Wooster School offer unique possibilities for exploration and establish an atmosphere in which students feel empowered to take risks. Students can choose from a variety of courses with emphasis on style, music fundamentals, theory, performance techniques, history and listening concepts, as well as acting and technical theatre. Students in performing groups learn to set high standards and to be cooperative and supportive of each other. Participation in musical groups teaches responsibility and gives a sense of achievement. Multiple studies link music study to academic achievement and attribute music to being the key to opening up pathways to creative thinking.

All students are required to take performing arts electives throughout Middle School. All students in 6th grade are required to participate in Chorus, Band or Chamber Ensemble. Band is split into two levels: Beginner Band and Intermediate Band. Chamber Ensemble is open to students in 6th-8th Grade who have had 2 or more years of private study on piano, wind, or string instruments. Students in 7th grade may choose from any music ensemble or theatre class (acting or tech). Students in 8th grade may choose from any of the ensembles, theatre electives, or 8th grade musical electives.

Since rehearsal time is limited, ensemble attendance is critical. Grading will be based on attendance, punctuality, attentiveness, and participation. Effort grades are earned based on behavior, attitude, and willingness to seek extra help.

Music and Performing Arts

  • Applied Music Lessons
  • Bach to Rock
  • Beginning Band
  • Chorus
  • Contemporary Ensemble
  • Intermediate Band

Wooster Middle School

Chris Pannone

Director of Divisions

203-830-3954

christopher.pannone@woosterschool.org

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