Every boy has a musical spirit that needs to be discovered, nurtured, and promoted. Musical learning is both an individual and a collaborative group activity requiring a continuing understanding of concepts that surpasses all grade levels. We advocate for every student to participate in our music offerings regardless of their stylistic interests or preferences.

Music Department Mission Statement

Sample Courses

Concert Band

This course incorporates the study and performance of various styles of instrumental music for winds and percussion through a variety of performing media, critical listening, study, and analysis. There is a strong emphasis on practice and preparation. Class meetings take the form of intensive rehearsals.

String Ensemble

This course is offered to students with previous experience on a conventional string instrument. Whatever the level of proficiency, all members find new challenges and opportunities that will enhance their abilities as student musicians. Class members will study and perform inspirational music of varying periods.

Jazz Band

The Jazz band course is an elective that offers students a chance to enhance their musical knowledge and skills by performing various styles of jazz music (swing, Latin, bebop, rock, etc.). Eligibility for the course is by audition.

Hand Bell Choir

Hand bells are enchanting to hear, but even more impressive is watching a 15-member ensemble handle 62 chromatically tuned bells covering over five octaves. This considerable coordinated effort involves ringing, plucking, malleting, shaking, damping, and a host of other techniques. The individual musicians synchronize their motions, creating the musical effect of a solo instrument. Bells are taught from the beginning level and no prior musical experience is required.

Glee Club

The Glee Club is open to all students who enjoy singing. Emphasizing healthy vocal production (especially through the voice change) and cooperative learning, students learn and perform music from a variety of musical periods and styles. An immediate goal is to discover and develop the challenge and joy of ensemble singing; a long-term goal is to periodically share these accomplishments by performing at school and in the community.

Sample Coordinate Course

AP Music Theory

Offered at Roland Park Country School, this year-long course is available to the student who has achieved a mastery of basic music theory skills and builds on the fundamentals of music theory: note names and clefs, rhythm and meter, major and minor scales, intervals, and triads. This course will cover four part harmony, figured bass notation, scales and modes, modulations, cadences, and form. Listening to and analyzing major works are integral components of this course as well as ear training and sight-singing.