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Upper School Music - Band, Chorus, Strings, Guitar, Music Tech

THROUGH THESE COURSES, WHICH ARE TAUGHT OVER SEVERAL GRADE LEVELS, STUDENTS DELVE INTO EXPRESSION, MUSIC THEORY & COMPOSITION, PERFORMANCE, CREATIVE THINKING AND CULTURE.

The Upper School music offerings are as varied as Middle School and intended to be an extension of their music learning. Ninth through twelfth grade students are encouraged to continue whichever music course was their focus in middle school. These are the years where the students are rewarded for their study, commitment and practice. The music is more challenging. The discussions and reflections more in depth. And they begin to demonstrate a level of independence and professionalism that leads to long term musicianship.

Band, Chorus and Strings ensembles are offered to any students performing on an upper school level. The directors of these ensembles will assist in coming students if they are new to Lausanne. Members of these ensembles have many opportunities to perform around campus and are encouraged to create their own performances.

Music Tech class is an extension of the music theory and composition skills learned in middle school. Students learn how musicians use technology to digitally communicate, share and publish original compositions. The class also covers arranging and songwriting. Those students planning to study music in college or to become a serious hobbyist have the opportunity to develop a portfolio of compositions and tracks.

Guitar is available during the school day either as part of Music Tech or a class if there are enough interested students. This course approaches guitar as a study of cultures around the world, how different regions and cultures use guitar and guitar-like instruments in their music. In addition, students are also taught how to play the guitar.