Norwood’s middle school music program provides outstanding educational experiences in music built on the musical skills and concepts learned in Lower School. The curriculum emphasizes music literacy, historical and cultural awareness, aesthetic awareness, and creativity while instilling a joyful sense of music in an ensemble setting. Beginning in fifth grade, students choose among concert band, choir, or string orchestra for their classroom instruction. In seventh grade, students have the additional option of a handbell ensemble called the Norwood Ringers. Performance continues to be an integral part of the Norwood music experience with three major concerts during the year: Grandparents & Special Guests Day, Winter Festival Concert, and the Spring Concert. Additional performance opportunities may be offered in the school and local communities.
-- Fifth grade band students are acquainted with the great heritage of concert band literature and are given the opportunity to develop high standards of general musicianship on the flute, clarinet, trumpet, or trombone with opportunities to switch to saxophone, percussion, French horn, and oboe in sixth grade. Fifth and sixth grade band students meet separately during the school day but usually perform together. Seventh and eighth grade band students meet and perform together. Weekly private lessons for all band students are strongly encouraged, but not required. Click here
to learn more about the instrument selection process at Norwood.Choir
-- Choir students focus on developing performance skills, healthy vocal technique, and sight- reading skills using solfege by performing quality, age-appropriate choral literature to a high standard. Fifth and sixth grade choirs meet separately during the school day but sometimes perform together. Seventh and eighth grade choir students meet and perform together.
Handbells -- Handbells are tuned percussion instruments, meaning they can provide both rhythm and melody/harmony simultaneously within a piece. The handbell curriculum includes developing a healthy ringing technique, solidifying music reading (especially sight reading and handbell notation), and studying a variety of musical styles through ensemble playing. Seventh and eighth grade students meet and perform together.
String Orchestra -- Prior experience on a stringed instrument is not necessary for fifth grade string orchestra students, though many students enter the fifth grade having studied their instrument for a year or more. Fifth and sixth grade orchestras meet separately during the school day but perform together. Seventh and eighth grade string orchestra students meet and perform together. Weekly private lessons for all orchestra students are strongly encouraged, but not required.