In Lower School, students are introduced to a variety of musical concepts such as tempo, steady beat, dynamics, rhythm and melody through singing, instrument playing and musical games. Students are exposed to music from many different cultures, time periods and genres. There are many performance opportunities throughout the school year. The after-school music program provides instruction for those who wish to study a particular instrument.
Middle School students receive a more focused course of musical study. Sight-singing, rhythm, theory and vocal technique are at the core of the curriculum. In eighth grade, students may choose from a variety of course offerings including Music Fundamentals, Vocal Masterclass, Musical Theater and more. Students may choose to audition for the Madeleines, a chorus for fifth- and sixth-graders, or the Nightingales for seventh- and eighth graders. Handbell Choir and Orchestra are open to all Middle School students. A Ca-Bella is an elite a capella chorus for students in seventh through twelfth grade; Members are invited to join by audition. All of these groups perform frequently at school and in the community.
The Upper School Music program offers students the opportunity to pursue their love of music based on their specific interests. Instrumentalists may participate in our Orchestra or our Handbell Choir. Freshmen singers are encouraged to join Chorus, a beginning group that emphasizes choral singing, sight reading and vocal development and is a prerequisite for students planning on joining Madrigals. A Ca-Bella is an elite a capella chorus open by audition to students in seventh through twelfth grade. All groups perform frequently at school and community events. The Madrigals is Sacred Heart’s signature Upper School chorus and is open by audition to students in tenth, eleventh and twelfth grade. The Madrigals perform frequently throughout the year at a variety of venues and tour internationally every other year.