Performing Arts

Brookwood students have an enormous range of opportunities to express themselves musically. At designated grade levels in their regular classes, Brookwood students learn to play Orff instruments, recorders, steel drums, guitars, and handbells, as well as perform with a vocal ensemble. Of course, for every musician at Brookwood, there’s an equally talented orator or thespian.

Performance is a Brookwood tradition fueled by a half-century of unforgettable moments on stage. Students of all ages participate in plays and musical revues throughout the year, with the Eighth Grade Play positioned as the grand finale. In our professional recording studio, budding singers of all ages record their own CDs. And many students opt for after-school individual and group lessons in an even wider range of instruments; in our instrumental program, students are involved in jazz band, multiple rock/pop combos, band, and classical ensembles. Individual music lessons and combo policies.

Performing Arts Curricular Goals
Generally, the Performing Arts Department seeks to have Brookwood students:

  • Sing a variety of styles of music, both individually and chorally
  • Develop a sense of and ability to read complex rhythms
  • Play multiple instruments and apply thorough music theory knowledge
  • Grasp and appreciate the fundamentals of Classical, Jazz, Rock, Pop, and World Music
  • Sing, dance, and act in various productions at multiple grade levels
  • Gain experience with performance in many settings
  • Understand the expectations of an audience in different performance settings
  • Experience and understand cultures through music

Grade Level Curricular Goals and Focal Points
At each respective grade level, our goal is to have students:

Pre-Kindergarten:

  • Understand pitch, steady beats, and how to play in an ensemble
  • Sing the pitches middle C to A above middle C; tap a steady beat with rhythm sticks; tap a steady beat with Orff instruments
  • Understand “loud” and “soft” in music and be able to mimic these simple dynamics through song and body movement
  • Create body movements that express the mood of a piece of music
  • Develop an appreciation and respect for many styles of music

Kindergarten:

  • Understand pitch, steady beats, and how to play in an ensemble
  • Read simple note values: whole, half, and quarter notes
  • Sing the pitches middle C to C above middle C; tap a steady beat with rhythm sticks; tap a steady beat with Orff instruments
  • Play the above note values on Orff instruments
  • Understand “loud”, “soft”, and “medium” in music and be able to mimic these simple dynamics through song and body movement
  • Move body parts independently to folk songs
  • Develop an appreciation and respect for many styles of music


Grade One:

  • Expand singing range from B flat to D above 3rd space C
  • Coordinate singing with movement; Play Orff instruments and sing simultaneously
  • Expand understanding of simple note values: whole, half, quarter, and eighth notes
  • Recognize the language of musical dynamics: forte, piano
  • Recognize the difference between line and space notes
  • Sing simple canons
  • Experience folk dancing
  • Develop an appreciation and respect for many styles of music

Grade Two:

  • Sing in rounds and canons
  • Read simple rhythms
  • Master the coordination of singing with movement
  • Play Orff instruments and sing simultaneously
  • Read the Solfeggi system
  • Sight-sing simple notations: whole, half, quarter, eighth notes and rests
  • Experience a basic introduction to classical composers and the instruments of the orchestra
  • Develop an appreciation and respect for many styles of music

Grade Three:

  • Experience a basic introduction to:
  • Play a recorder in two parts and read absolute notes in treble clef
  • Read/understand whole, half, quarter, eighth, notes and rests
  • Gain exposure to 4/4, 2/4, and 3/4 meters
  • Perform arrangements written in multiple parts for Orff instruments
  • Experience work in an ensemble
  • Recognize names of the notes in the treble and bass clef and write them correctly
  • Perform four square dances
  • Develop an appreciation and respect for many styles of music

Grade Four:

  • Have an additional chorus time once a week in order to:
  • Sing in two part-harmonies and three part canons
  • Sight-read SA music
  • Sing and recognize the difference between chest and head voice
  • Expand range from A below middle C to high G top of treble staff
  • Perform the recorder in three parts
  • Write music in both treble and bass clef for the recorder and the Orff instruments
  • Gain and exposure to 4/4, 2/4, and 3/4, and 6/8 meters
  • Perform in a drum ensemble, learning to read and perform complex rhythms
  • Foster an appreciation and respect for many styles of music
  • Take a field trip to see a Boston Symphony open rehearsal
  • Develop an ability and love for performing

Grade Five:

  • Have an additional chorus time once a week in order to:
  • Sing in two part-harmonies, three part canons, sight-read SAT music
  • Sing and recognize the difference between chest and head voice
  • Expand range from A below middle C to high F top of treble staff
  • Understand the history of the steel drums
  • Read and perform complex rhythms using eighth and sixteenth notes
  • Perform five-part arrangements on the steel drums
  • Write music using Garage Band
  • Experience rhythmic performance using Tamboo Bamboo instruments
  • Develop an ability and love for performing

Grade Six:

  • Have an additional chorus time once a week in order to:
  • Sing in two part-harmonies, three part canons, sight-read SAT music
  • Sing and recognize the difference between chest and head voice
  • Expand range from A below middle C to high G top of treble staff
  • Play chords and pick/strum notes on the guitar
  • Read notes on the guitar
  • Hone skills working in a large ensemble
  • Understand the History of Rock and Roll from 1940-2000
  • Experience an advanced listening session recognizing style, form, lyrical content, and historical background. Styles will include Classical, jazz, pop, rock, and Latin music
  • Foster an ability and love for performing

Grade Seven:

  • Play the handbells: Read multiple notes; develop sight-reading skills and handbell techniques
  • Perform on handbells at School Meetings and Revels
  • Work in an advanced music theory book, beginning with basic skills and ending with high school level concepts
  • Gain a basic understanding of World Music in the following areas:
  • United States, Mexico, Caribbean, South America, Northern Europe, Southern Europe, Central Asia, Eastern Mediterranean, West Africa, India, China, Japan, Southeast Asia
  • Gain a basic understanding of the History of the Broadway Musical
  • Explore basic drama skills through simple skits and exercises
  • Develop an ability and love for performing

Grade Eight:

  • Understand the role drama has played in human history
  • Understand and use basic stage terms
  • Understand the different components that make up a musical
  • Coordinate accurate singing, dancing, and acting
  • Perform independently a full musical involving the entire class
  • Play simple keyboard songs
  • Understand basics of Western Music History
  • Understand basics of Jazz History
  • Review understanding of music theory
  • Foster an ability and love for performing