An independent co-educational school serving preschool through Grade 8.

Music Faculty

Emilie Grondin

Kindergarten- 8th Grade String Ensembles and Preschool-Kindergarten Music

B.A in Music Performance, University of Oregon

Mrs. Grondin, a cellist, is involved in the community, serving as Conductor of the South Bend Youth Symphony Concert Orchestra and Co-Director of the Chamber Music Program.

McKayela Hornor

1st-3rd Grade General Music and 4th-8th Grade Chorus Teacher

Master of Music, Bowling Green State University

Bachelor of Music, Saint Mary’s College

Mrs. Hornor won the John and Candace Butler Lifetime Dedication to the Arts Award in 2015 and has directed a variety of local high school musicals.

Randall Ripley

Band Director and 4th-8th Grade General Music

B.M in Percussion from Central Michigan University

Mr. Ripley is a freelance musician in his spare time and a private percussion instructor.

Music

An essential aspect of the arts, music is studied at every grade level, beginning with preschool. Students learn the fundamentals of singing and rhythm before progressing into music history and composition. Whether vocally or instrumentally, a variety of opportunities and options exist for all students.


Early Childhood

Preschool and kindergarten students are introduced to many aspects of music through singing, creative movement, listening and playing rhythm instruments. Group interaction, cooperation and self-expression are emphasized and students perform frequently throughout the year during various assemblies. Starting in kindergarten, students also have the option to study violin or cello from a Suzuki teacher.


Lower School

Students are introduced to and build upon basic music concepts and music literacy, including rhythm, tonal and melodic literacies. As students progress through lower school, they study various genres, terminology and music in different cultures. Students learn the proper use of classroom instruments and by third grade will learn to play the recorder. Skills are showcased during the holiday program in December and the final assembly in the spring.


Middle School

Starting in middle school, students have the option to focus on specific aspects of music through chorus, band, strings and general music. A combination of these courses can be taken and skills are strengthened with each subsequent year. Students can also join jazz band as an additional activity. Students perform at various concerts and assemblies with options to also compete through the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA).

Facilities and Resources

Large music and chorus classroom

Dedicated band classroom

Early childhood music room

Collection of classroom instruments

Full set of classroom guitars

Stage performance space

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