Concord Academy’s music courses span a wide range of genres from classical to contemporary. Performance-based study is underpinned by offerings in music theory, history, composition, and recording technology. All of CA’s opportunities are designed to deepen students’ understanding and love of music.
Through a combination of individual and ensemble work, as well as workshops, assemblies, shows, recitals, and concerts, CA music students are guided to become complete musicians. We teach students according to their individual interests and potential. Some are preparing for entrance to conservatories. Others are taking up instruments for the first time. We invite students at all levels to participate, practice, and perform both privately and in front of the entire community.
Individual Music Instruction
Nearly half our students receive individual music instruction. Through practice and study with experienced faculty, students gain the technical expertise necessary to participate in ensembles and to achieve their own artistic goals. Individual lessons are available in classical and jazz piano, violin and fiddle, classical and popular voice, string and electric bass, classical and popular guitar, viola, cello, harp, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone, percussion, organ, banjo, Taiko drumming, didgeridoo, and other instruments upon request.
Performance-Based Ensemble Courses
From our main Chorus, which is open to everyone, to smaller, selective groups, such as CA Singers, Vocal Jazz and Pop Ensemble, and Advanced Jazz Ensemble, there are sure to be opportunities for students interested in any style of music to inspire and encourage one another toward a shared goal of exciting, high-quality performance. We emphasize the development of ensemble techniques and collaborative music-making.
Music Theory, History, and Technology Courses
We make sure music students have a strong analytical framework for exploration, with courses in everything from theory fundamentals to historical and current musical trends, as well as the option for special departmental study.