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. 

Upper School Arts Faculty

James Bohanek
Co-Chair, Fine Arts
Drama Teacher 


Anne Gregory-Bepler
Visual Art 



Harrison Haynes
Digital Art 


Laci McDonald



Michael Meyer

An independent, coeducational day school, pre-kindergarten through grade 12.
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