The music program at Groton provides students with opportunities to discover their talents, acquire skills necessary for artistic expression, and develop an understanding and appreciation of music of all kinds. Importantly, through their music studies, students may discover passions and interests that they pursue for the rest of their lives as creators, performers, or audience members. By studying music, students hone critical thinking skills and learn about self-expression, creativity, and collaboration. Furthermore, they empower themselves to be intelligent consumers of music.
Students have opportunities to explore coursework in the performance, creation, and understanding of music. In addition, students who are passionate about music, may pursue projects in composition, performance, or analysis during the afternoon program. A hands-on approach to learning lies at the core of Groton’s arts requirement, which emphasizes the value of being actively engaged in a creative process. Groton’s performing arts courses and activities provide essential opportunities for students to express themselves, become more perceptive, develop discipline, support their mental and emotional health, and enjoy fulfilling lives.
All Second Formers spend a term studying visual arts, a term studying drama, and a term studying music. Third Formers may take Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, or half-credit music lessons as their required half-credit arts course. All students take a minimum of three credits of art in any discipline(s) in the Upper School.
All students entering Groton in Third Form take a half-credit, year-long art course in music, wood shop, or visual arts. All students are required to take three credits of art in any discipline(s) in the Upper School.