San Antonio Academy Music Program
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 students in prekindergarten through second 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. Primary students present three musical performances each year, two in the fall and one in the spring.
Upper school students in grades three through six participate in one forty-five minute class each week. Here the foundations laid in the Primary program are reinforced and expanded to include higher level vocal and instrumental performance skills as well as more sophisticated studies of composer and their works. Melodic and rhythmic tracking and reading, ear-training, creative movement, composition, solo and group singing opportunities are offered. Fourth and fifth grade students receive instruction on playing the recorder, and fifth graders also focus on hand bell techniques. Students in grades two through five attend one student-oriented symphony concert during the academic year. Sixth grade students are offered a Garage Band elective and performance opportunity. Both Primary 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 not only engages the mind, body, and soul like no other discipline, but its sounds can empower, refresh, comfort and move our boys into greater versions of themselves. Sharing music unites SAA boys in its own unique way, and it is truly a joy to watch them grow both individually and together.
- Ruth Berg, Music Department Chair