At Rumsey, music is EVERYWHERE.
From the Kindies morning sing-a-long to greet the day to the Upper School Orchestra, music is woven into the fabric of each school day. Our music program introduces and exposes students to a variety of musical experiences aimed at encouraging creativity and self-confidence through participation. No matter where a student is on their journey from discovering to mastering vocal and/or instrumental success, our highly-trained faculty advise and inspire students (and parents!) in and out of the classroom, practice room, and performance hall.
Lower School Music
Music classes are a key part of the program in the Rumsey Hall Lower School. Additionally, teachers in our Kindies through IIIrd Form (Grade 5) are intentional about peppering in opportunities for students to sing together as a class, strum a guitar out on the playground, or explore the harmonies of a group recorder exercise. In addition to the spontaneous joy created by unexpected moments of melody, students are trained in music theory and practice in strategic curriculum geared to how their age learns best.
At the end of the day, students that participate in the Afternoon Enrichment Program can stretch their musical talents and know-how in teacher and peer-led workshops. These exploratory sessions drive students to tap into their innate talents and promote a courage-seeking attitude as students learn the lifelong benefits of the artistry and performance of music.
Upper School Music
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.
Orchestra: Upper School students who come to Rumsey with 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 performances. Orchestra rehearsal takes place every Monday from 3-4:30 p.m. and every Wednesday from 1:55-2:35 p.m.
Clef Club rehearsal takes place every Monday from 5-6 p.m. and is added to the student's academic schedule every Thursday.