Congratulations to our Middle School Jr. Tri-M Music Honor Society on being named the Division Chapter of the Year two years in a row! See us featured in TEMPO Magazine.
Music is an integral part of every child’s education at Ranney. All students have the opportunity to sing, to play a musical instrument and to perform in musical ensembles. Musical activities range from classroom music in the Lower School, which includes singing, playing Orff instruments and recorders, to ensemble class study of orchestral and band instruments, all of which lay the basis for Band, Chorus and Orchestra electives in the upper Lower School grades as well as in the Middle and Upper School divisions. Through class work, hands-on field trips and performances, our students acquire practical training in music and develop a well-rounded appreciation and understanding of music.
Middle and Upper School students also have the opportunity to apply for our Jr. Tri-M Music Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society. Below are additional details about our music program by division.
Divisional Music Offerings
Music education at Ranney uses an eclectic approach that keeps in mind the differing levels, abilities and learning styles of our students while also fostering personal growth in music. We encourage the students’ ability to work, play and create together. Practical experience is emphasized in the classroom through the playing of instruments, singing and musical games. Students in Grades 3-5 are encouraged to explore ensemble music by joining the Band, Chorus or Orchestra. The ability to sing or play an instrument accurately with a clear tone, to interpret pitch and rhythmic notations, and to participate in group ensembles are three primary goals outlined in our curriculum.
Middle School music students are eligible to participate in the Band, Chorus and Orchestra,, with enrollment by previous experience in the Lower School Band, Orchestra, or Chorus or by audition. Membership in either the Band, Orchestra or Chorus gives students at Ranney a sense of purpose in music within the school. The ensemble classes focus on music theory and performance. The performing ensembles are featured every year in a winter and spring concert series as well as other performance venues. Ranney music ensemble students are encouraged to qualify for membership in the Jr. Tri-M Music Honor Society. Music electives that reflect today’s business of music are offered to non-ensemble students as semester-long electives.
Upper School ensemble students are encouraged to continue their participation in the Band, Orchestra or Chorus ensembles. Upper School ensemble classes continue the student’s theory education and mastering of their instrument or vocal skills. As with their Lower and Middle School peers, the Upper School performing ensembles are featured every year in a winter and spring concert series as well as other performance venues. Upper School ensemble students are encouraged to qualify for membership in the Tri-M Music Honor Society. For those students looking at music for their future college and professional career, Ranney offers AP Music Theory in their senior year.