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Strike A Chord!

Whether you're a jazz enthusiast, violinist, or just want to sing at the top of your lungs in the chorus, Bancroft has what you need. Music is embedded in our culture and opportunities for novices and experts alike are available in all three divisions. Performances are highlighted at weekly assemblies and cross-curricular projects at every grade level connect music to Central Subjects.

Music is an integral part of Lower School life at Bancroft. Students Pre-K through Grade 5 have music classes and get opportunities to perform on a regular basis. On top of that, Lower School students can participate in a performing arts ensemble as part of band, chorus, or strings program. 

Middle School takes music in-depth. Students learn to read, listen, and perform music at increasingly more complex levels.

Courses on Songwriting, Handbells, Afro-Cuban hand drumming, and Jazz Band have all been featured.

Students perform at Middle School assemblies and the winter and spring concerts. 

Classes on music theory and history highlight a vast curriculum available to students in the Upper School covering everything from chord identification to the historical development of Jazz and Rock & Roll. Students can also be a part of any of the instrumental groups and chorus which are available as classes and performing ensembles. You can also simply jam out with the Upper School Rock Band!

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Meet Our Music Team

Neal Melley

Neal Melley

Lower School, Middle School, Upper School Music Teacher

Beth Labarre

Beth LaBarre

All School Music Teacher, Chorus Director, Musical Director

Rachel Wagner

Rachel Wagner

Lower & Middle School Performing Arts, Middle School Music Teacher