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Academics

Music

In the Lower School students begin with an exploration of their voices, and different types of sounds. We listen, sing, play, and move to music from around the world. Students discuss differences in elements like pitch, rhythm and dynamics. In the higher grades students have the opportunity to compose their own music, as well as play both the recorder and ukulele.

Students will develop the ability to critically discuss elements of music including: dynamics, tempo, rhythm, mood, and pitch. Our program promotes life-long musical engagement and enjoyment.

Essential Questions:
Where does music come from?
What are the different ways we can use our voices?
What role does music play in our lives?
How has music shaped the past?
How can music create a mood, or tell a story?
Why do we compose music?
How is music different around the world?

Skills and Enduring Understandings:
In the Lower School students begin with an exploration of their voices, and different types of sounds. We listen, sing, play, and move to music from around the world. Students discuss differences in elements like pitch, rhythm and dynamics. In the higher grades students compose their own music, and have the opportunity to play both the recorder and ukulele.

Students will leave the Lower School with the ability to critically discuss elements of music including dynamics, tempo, rhythm, mood, and pitch. Our program promotes life-long musical engagement and enjoyment.

Serving Maine, The Seacoast of New Hampshire, and the North Shore of Massachusetts

Berwick Academy, situated on an 80-acre campus just over one hour north of Boston, serves 600 students, Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12, from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. Deeply committed to its mission of promoting virtue and useful knowledge, Berwick Academy empowers students to be creative and bold. Berwick strives to graduate alumni who shape their own learning, take risks, ask thoughtful questions, and come to understand and celebrate their authentic selves.  Founded in 1791 and rooted in a tradition of college preparation, our culture of innovation prepares students for a complex and dynamic world.