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Music Major

With the Music Major at Cheshire Academy, you’ll pursue your passion for music and be prepared for college or a career as a professional musician.

 

Unique to Cheshire Academy, the Music Major capstone offers a yearlong course designed for honors-level student-musicians who are dedicated to exploring the art of expressing meaning through sound. As a student in the capstone, you may be considering majoring or minoring in music at the collegiate level or aspiring to a career as a professional musician.

Why Should I Choose the Music Major at Cheshire Academy? 

In this course, you’ll be challenged and inspired to channel your passion for music and strive to achieve your full potential, producing work that reflects your unique abilities and dedication to the art form.

Who Can Take Cheshire Academy’s Music Major Course? 

While Music Major is particularly beneficial for students who plan to apply to music programs for college, all students with a strong interest and background in music can thrive in this class.

How Will I Benefit from the Music Major at Cheshire Academy? 

At the heart of this course is the process of music mastery, with a rigorous focus on developing skills such as practice, nuance, phrasing, performance, and technical proficiency, all of which are essential for creating top-level music.

Throughout the course, you will have opportunities to perform regularly and engage in audition preparation, showcasing your talents and honing your skills. You will receive individual lessons for your specialty instrument from world-class teachers.

 

Skill Mastery

As a student-musician in the Music Major program, you will hone your mastery in several areas.

Ear Training

Learn to identify intervals, chords, and melodies by ear and transcribe music from ear.

Sight Reading

Learn to sight-read music with confidence at varying levels of difficulty.

Scale Proficiency

Learn to play all major and minor scales in all keys up to the highest range of your instrument.

Virtuosic Performance

Learn to perform and interpret challenging repertoire representing a variety of musical styles and periods, from Baroque to the modern era.

Ensemble Work

Learn to play in ensembles and work with other musicians.

Performance Skills

Hone your performance etiquette and stage presence

Quality Recording

Create audio and video recordings of your performances for use in auditions and competitions.

Instrumental Breadth & Depth

The Music Major program serves the following instruments, through established relationships with world-class instructors and performers:

Instruments

· Bagpipes

· Cello

· Clarinet

· Double Bass/Electric Bass

· Flute

· French Horn

· Guitar (electric and acoustic in all styles)

· Oboe

· Organ and keyboard

· Percussion

· Piano

· Saxophone

· Trombone

· Trumpet

· Tuba

· Violin

· Viola

*New instruments are welcome and supported by the music faculty.

College & Career Outlook

Over the years, our music program has proven to be an asset to our student-musicians, offering a wide range of benefits. Graduates have gone on to pursue their musical talents at prestigious institutions, including

 

· Berklee College of Music

· Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford

· Music and Performing Arts Professions at New York University

· Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University

 

In addition to those who have pursued music as a career, many of our graduates who have chosen other professional paths continued to participate in music throughout their college

years and perform throughout their lives. The skills and knowledge gained through the Music Major program have enriched their lives and provided them with a lifelong appreciation for music.