Engaging Through Music
The Academy's Music Program offers broad, hands-on musical experiences, with training and live performance opportunities in voice, movement and instruments. Our goal is to make music learning fun, practical and stimulating as we seek to develop each boy’s abilities, enjoyment, knowledge, and appreciation of music.
Primary School students in pre-Kindergarten through 2nd grade attend two music classes per week. These sessions include creative movement, critical listening, and singing and instrumental activities designed to develop basic music skills, concepts, and vocabulary. Each month, a new composer is studied with life stories and major works highlighted. Both Primary School and Upper School music students present a Holiday Program in December and a Mother's Day Concert in May.
Upper School students in grades 3 through 6 participate in one 45-minute class each week. The foundations laid from the Primary School program are reinforced and expanded to include higher level vocal and instrumental performance skills, as well as more sophisticated studies of composers and their works. Melodic and rhythmic tracking and reading, ear-training, creative movement, composition, solo and group singing opportunities are offered. 4th and 5th grade students receive instruction on playing the recorder, and 5th graders also focus on hand bell techniques. Students in grades 2-5 attend one student-oriented symphony concert during the academic year. Both Primary School and Upper School music students present a Holiday Program in December and a Mother's Day Concert in May.
In addition, select boys from grades three through eight are invited to join the San Antonio Academy Concert Choir. These singers perform in both school and community settings. The SAA Concert Choir rehearses one morning each week after chapel, with additional rehearsals as needed prior to concerts.
Music is the art that keeps on giving. It allows us to speak to each other with or without words, expressing our hopes and aspirations for a better world, and for being the best we can be.
- Dr. Owen Duggan, SAA teacher, conductor, performer, and composer