Many studies have shown that music education helps students to perform better academically. Embracing that belief, music classes are an important part of the curriculum at all levels.
The curriculum includes units on major composers like Beethoven and Bach, the study of various genres of music such as jazz and opera, multicultural music, orchestral instrument recognition, and recorder playing.
Students also begin to learn the language of music with the introduction and study of notes and rests and other musical symbols beginning in Pre-K.
All students in first grade participate in our strings program. Core musical concepts and national standards are taught through violin playing. Band, Choir, & Strings are offered as electives in fourth grade through high school.
In addition to our music courses, students may enroll in weekly private piano lessons starting in Kindergarten. Other opportunities include Nord Anglia Music Festivals and Programs.
5th Grade Beginning Band
This is where it all begins! 5th grade band meets 3 days per week. The Beginning Band performs at the winter and spring concerts and participates. This band performs band literature at level 1 and 2. Students will have an opportunity to try instruments and select one in August. You will be introduced to local music vendors that have a variety of rental and purchase programs available.
In Concert Band students explore music for creative expression. We get beyond the notes and rhythms to understand the language of music. The Concert Band will perform at school assemblies, winter and spring concerts and perform at Music USA Festival at Universal Orlando. Participation in middle school Concert Band is a prerequisite for entrance into Wind Ensemble. The Concert Band performs primarily grade 1.5-2.5 literature.
The school’s very best musicians perform in the Wind Ensemble. This band is the premier instrumental ensemble at Windermere Preparatory School where most students have played their instrument for at least four years. The ensemble participates in Florida Band Association, as well as Veteran’s Day Celebration and winter and spring concerts. During the fall and early spring semesters, the Wind Ensemble wears a second hat s the Windermere Preparatory School Pep Band for all home football and basketball games.
Through an audition process, Middle and High School instrumental musicians will have the opportunity to learn, grow, and perform jazz style music (Improvisations, Swing, Rock, Latin, Funk, and Blues). This will be a musical ambassador for Windermere Preparatory School.
Laker Pride Marching Band
Our newest ensemble! We will have information regarding this ensemble in the near future.
High School Music/Windermere Singers Concert Choir
Music in the High School encourages students to develop a lifetime love and engagement with the arts. Students of all levels of ability can be involved in the music program, whether it be in class, piano, band, or choir. The choir performs regularly at on campus events. Wren 5 acts as musical ambassadors for Windermere Preparatory School and performs at both on and off campus events, including the WPVA Fall Festival, the Winter Garden Culture Fest, and many more!
Lower & Middle School Choirs
Our choirs are designed to prepare students to become vocal stage performers, developing their musical skills to become the complete musician. Studies include posture breathing, tone production, vocal diction, and harmonizing. Participants develop their voices based on classical and modern techniques of solo and group singing, along with incorporation on basic choreography. Additionally, students do various hands-on projects throughout the year. This group participates in both a fall and spring concert, as well as other performances throughout the year such as the Fall Festival.
Exploring Music, Keyboards & Strings
In Lower School Strings, 1st-3rd graders develop critical thinking skills, creativity, self-expression, and musicality- all while learning to play the keyboard and violin! Our program combines elements of a general music class, such as ear training and singing, with violin technique to create a curriculum in which students learn to perform, create, and relate to music. The Juilliard Creative Classroom will also be embedded into our Lower School Music Curriculum.
Our Fifth through Eighth Grade orchestras allow students to continue in their love and discovery of music. Students in these orchestras have the option of playing the violin, viola, or cello. They learn elements of music notation, analysis, and musicianship in an academically rigorous and creative environment.