Music is a key part of our Waldorf curriculum, with students beginning to learn the recorder in first grade and then building on those basic skills each year, moving from recorders to strings to woodwinds and percussion—and of course, we sing throughout all the grades! We believe that participating in musical instruction strengthens students’ academic performance and helps them learn to work together as a group. The pandemic has made our music classes look differently, but we’re grateful to music program director Bill Pernice and our music teachers for their adaptability in teaching this important art.

This year, the fifth graders have a string class and have to wait until this summer if they want to switch to a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument. Our middle school orchestra has split into three different orchestras so as to safely fit in a classroom space. And our high school has missed our usual choral work, but we’ve been exploring music through the use of boom whackers. We hope to showcase our ensembles in some way towards the end of the year and look forward to sharing it with you!