The MCDS music curriculum develops well-rounded musicians beginning at a young age by providing both structured and creative opportunities for students.
In Lower School, students begin general music classes in Pre-K and Kindergarten, with the addition of grade-level choir and semi-private piano lessons starting in grade 1. In middle school, students choose from a variety of instruments and participate in an ensemble (band, choir, orchestra). As part of their instruction, they receive private lessons from a member of the music faculty to assist in their learning on the instrument. They also receive music theory instruction and compose their own pieces. In high school, students continue to perform in ensembles and can choose to take a variety of courses in music history and theory.
The MCDS music experience establishes a foundation for students to evolve into musical adults who participate, appreciate, and enjoy music throughout their lifetimes. Many MCDS alumni continue to include music in their lives through college ensembles, community organizations, marching bands and, in some cases, choosing to major in music in college.