Music at Fieldston Upper is a hands-on experience in which students are challenged to confront real technical and artistic issues unique to their own abilities, in an effort to produce the best possible performances. Music classes are student-centered and goal-oriented, making them models of modern progressive education. Our teachers are active performers and composers who have first-hand knowledge of how to deal with a wide range of musical issues in the fields of performance and education.
Our students perform in a variety of concerts throughout the year--from the Holiday Concert, featuring all of our large ensembles, to the more intimate Chamber Music, Percussion, Opera, and Jazz Concerts. Students also have the opportunity to attend performances by well-known visiting guest artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Maria Schneider, and Milt Hinton; travel to jazz festivals; and participate in the NYSSMA solo and ensemble festivals. Students may choose from a wide range of course offerings, including Digital Music, Music Theory, and Composition, or participate in interdisciplinary courses in conjunction with the history department such as City Semester and LP: 12 Albums That Changed the World. Our ensembles in the upper school are Chorus, Opera Company, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Studio Ensemble, Chamber Music, String Orchestra, Jazz Improvisation, Jazz Ensemble, and Concert Jazz.