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Performing Arts

In our Music & Performing Arts classes, we ask our students to take risks.

When a soloist stands up to perform their first solo in Jazz Band, we want them to overcome their nervous jitters and achieve a new victory that will make them feel proud. Beyond the spotlight, we use group instruction to guide students to be active participants and contributors in their ensembles. Performers learn to center themselves in a group, listen to those around them, and contribute to the larger community.

By balancing both individual and collective modes of expression, we build a stronger sense of creative confidence in our students, so that they can be well-rounded leaders and collaborators in every future endeavor.

The Lower School music program is designed to inspire creativity and a life-long love of music. Our students sing, improvise, read and write music, play rhythm instruments, and do dramatic play. There are numerous opportunities to perform throughout the year.

Ensembles

In the fourth and fifth grades, students sing in their own choir and learn to play a stringed instrument (violin, viola, or cello) provided by the school. In grades 6-8, middle school students can elect to join and perform with a variety of advanced music ensembles: Orchestra, Handbells, Choir, and Jazz Band. String students attend classes in small groups, with individual attention during this crucial stage of musical development, and also in large groups, where they learn to be present and listen closely to the other musicians around them.

Honors

Frankford Friends School was one of 120 schools nationwide to receive a Support Music Merit Award from the NAMM Foundation, which recognizes support for school-based music education programs.

The program singles out districts and schools for “outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders to make music education accessible to all students.

Ensembles

In the fourth and fifth grades, students sing in their own choir and learn to play a stringed instrument (violin, viola, or cello) provided by the school. In grades 6-8, middle school students can elect to join and perform with a variety of advanced music ensembles: Orchestra, Handbells, Choir, and Jazz Band. String students attend classes in small groups, with individual attention during this crucial stage of musical development, and also in large groups, where they learn to be present and listen closely to the other musicians around them.

Honors

Frankford Friends School was one of 120 schools nationwide to receive a Support Music Merit Award from the NAMM Foundation, which recognizes support for school-based music education programs.

The program singles out districts and schools for “outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders to make music education accessible to all students.