Music at MB

Music Program

The Moses Brown Music Department values proficiency in music while offering a broad range of musical presentations. New and seasoned musicians alike take great pride in their capacity to infuse school events with the classical, modern, and lyrical milieu of music. Appreciation for music — from the position of a performer and an audience member — is instilled in our youngest students and reinforced in the oldest. Students work with gifted faculty and professionally trained adjunct teachers in a variety of instrumental and vocal ensembles to develop their expertise in this inspired form of art. Private lessons — which are encouraged but not required — are available on campus before, during, and after school. In addition to various school-wide performances and recitals throughout the year, students perform in the Rhode Island community and travel to out-of-state competitions in order to share and celebrate Moses Brown’s musical voice.

Lower school students have music two or three times a week. Instructional experiences include singing, playing, listening, reading, moving, and creating. Students may join the chorus and lower school string ensemble in third grade and wind ensemble in fourth grade. Chorus meets two mornings each week, while both ensembles meet after school (also twice a week). All lower school ensembles perform at school events, culminating in the lower school winter and spring concerts — highlights for both students and parents.

Similarly, MB’s middle school offers a program of instrumental instruction during the academic day (twice a week). Most students do participate in one of the five musical groups which include wind, jazz and percussion ensembles, string orchestra and chorus. All middle school ensembles perform a winter and spring concert on campus, as well as perform for local nursing home residents, at the Rhode Island State House, and at local and out-of-state festivals. '

Upper school students may further or begin their musical education in our award-winning wind or percussions ensembles, string orchestra, jazz bands, chorus, or the upper school a cappella group, Versatones, all of which showcase an advanced level of musicianship. Wind and string ensembles, and chorus meet during class periods, five times each week, while jazz and percussion meet twice a week before school. All upper school ensembles present a winter and spring concert on campus, as well as perform for local nursing home residents, at the Rhode Island State House, and at local and out-of-state festivals. The music department also offers semester-long courses in Music Theory, Music History, Music and Computers.