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Comprehensive music instruction begins in junior kindergarten and continues all the way through the Upper School.

In all three divisions, our students are provided numerous opportunities to explore and develop their musical talents and cultivate their musical skills. Concerts and performances at every level help create a sense of community.

Chris RydelDirector of Upper School Instrumental Music

I feel very fortunate that I can teach all my students to appreciate what it takes to be a musician. I love showing them how the skills we learn through playing in an ensemble can translate into everything they do in their lives now and in the future: self-discipline, perseverance, leadership, negotiation, collaboration, communication, and teamwork.”

Music in all Divisions

Notable Achievements

Our student musicians audition, participate, and receive awards in state, regional, and national competitions.

Brevard Music Center
Boston University Tanglewood Institute
Charlotte Children's Choir
Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestras
Charlotte Youth Wind Ensemble
The Clef Hangers
Eastern Music Festival
Heifetz International Summer Music Institute
Jazz Charlotte Summer Camp
John Philip Sousa National HS Honor Band
Meadowmount School of Music
National Association for Music Education All-National Honors
NC All-State Honors Band
NC All-State Honors Chorus
NC All-State Honors Orchestra
NC Association of Independent Schools Honor Band
NC Federated Music Clubs (NCFMC) Piano Festival
NC Governor's School
NC High School All- State Choral Festival
NC Honors Chorus
NC Music Teachers Associations (NCMTA) Piano District Contest
Piano Guild Federation
South Central All-District Band
Union Symphony Youth Orchestra
Western Regional Orchestras 
Young Artist’s Concerto Competition
Youth Orchestras of Charlotte