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The music program is designed to introduce and expose students to a variety of musical experiences aimed at encouraging creativity and self-confidence through participation. Students who enter Rumsey with considerable background and proficiency on particular instruments are encouraged to continue their studies privately and in a chamber music setting and to share their talents with the student body during special programs.

Upper School students have a choice of two course offerings:

  • A general music class that meets twice a week for a portion of the year. IVth and Vth Form students meet for one-half of the school year, and VIth and VIIth Form students meet for one-third of the school year. This course explores music history as well as modern music and media.
  • Clef Club is the performing vocal group that presents programs at Parents’ Weekends and is featured in a Winter Concert and at Commencement. They meet twice a week with their grade level and once a week as an ensemble with all grade levels. The a cappella singing group, Passing Notes, is a select group chosen from the Clef Club giving those students further opportunities for solo singing and to develop their harmonizing talents.