Upper School Music
Students engaged in the Upper School Music curriculum have the opportunity to specialize vocal and instrumental performance as well as musical theory, sound design and audio engineering.
Cavalier Concert Band and Cavalier Concert Chorus
Band students in this full-year class already have basic proficiency on their instrument of choice and learn many genres and styles of music, with special focus on wind instruments. Choral students study music and musicianship through vocal performance of classical, pop, jazz and musical theater. Students work on basic music fundamentals like note reading, ear training, sight-reading, and critical listening. The band and chorus host winter and spring concerts, and perform at Commencement exercises.
In The Pocket
In The Pocket is an auditioned musical ensemble, focusing primarily on performing contemporary rock and roll, rhythm and blues, and jazz selections. The ensemble is a full-year class and is a collaborative effort between students and adult faculty and staff. During the school year, the ensemble performs at various school functions and community events in the Triangle.
Music Technology and Sound Design
Students exploring music technology and audio engineering utilize DA’s own digital recording studio and the Kenan Auditorium sound system. Students’ skills are put to use through creation and capture of their own work; in addition, students from this class provide hands-on sound tech support for many of the performances, presentations, and assemblies in Kenan Auditorium over the year.
AP Music Theory
Students work towards a deeper understanding of the various building blocks of music: melody, harmony, rhythm, meter, texture, and form. Students analyze musical pieces based on Western harmony including most pop music, classical music, jazz, and folk music. Students examine composition, notation and musicianship.