The study of music is an invaluable contribution to every student’s life.
Browne Academy recognizes the significance of the fine and performing arts, and has a robust music program that engages, educates, and empowers. Browne’s music curriculum, both during the school day and through extracurricular opportunities, is designed to deepen knowledge and appreciation of music through interactive exercises in music history and dramatic arts, vocal and instrumental performance, and dance, with music theory supported by the developmental approaches of both the Orff Schulwerk and Kodaly methods.
Beyond the classroom, there also are many elective opportunities for musical performance at Browne Academy. Second- through fourth-grade students may elect to join the Junior Choir; fourth- through eighth-grade students may join one of three Handbell Choirs; and Middle School students may join Concert Choir, A Cappella, two levels of Band, and two levels of Guitar Ensemble. Students involved in these groups perform in concerts and festivals throughout the school year, on and off campus. Moreover, Browne Academy Advanced Handbells compete each year at the Washington Area Independent School Handbells Festival as one of the few middle school groups among primarily high school choirs.
The Spring Musical is an annual presentation with a huge cast from the middle school, where students may hone their acting, singing, as well as technical production and lighting skills.
Browne Academy also offers private lessons including vocal, piano, and guitar, plus all band and string instruments. These lessons build upon the knowledge that students acquire in the classroom and in ensemble rehearsals. Lessons are offered through Bruins Den Afterschool Enrichment Programs and are thirty minutes in length. Private lesson students have the opportunity to perform in one recital per year.
The Music Program at Browne Academy looks to instill in each student a deeper understanding of the language of music and a true appreciation for the arts, giving them the confidence to thrive in their future endeavors in music and beyond.