Lower School students in preschool through grade five participate in weekly music classes to develop an appreciation and understanding of all styles of music and to stimulate their creative expression. Children also develop performance skills. As fifth graders they participate in Chorus, fourth and fifth graders perform in Lower School Band and String Ensemble, and third graders play recorders. Individual students play in recitals and assemblies, and all Lower School students perform vocally and instrumentally for the annual winter and spring concerts. In addition, the primary and intermediate grades alternate to produce and perform a musical every year.
During the regular school day Middle School students are offered opportunities to participate in the chorus and ensemble, and many take instrumental instruction at school. Two concerts each year feature these groups as they perform works from various periods and in various styles. The music groups also perform either at the state capital or at an adjudicated festival each spring, and a few students also participate at the district level in chorus and/or band.
There are many performance opportunities in Upper School. The upper school music department features three major concerts on the LCDS campus per year, plus countless performances on tours, at special campus events, and at public venues throughout the central Pennsylvania region. Students can participate in ensemble, chorus and jazz ensemble, and/or they may collaborate in small groups on special performance projects. All genres and time periods are included in the music curriculum. Students can also learn more about the underpinnings of musical structure by enrolling in music theory. Students that participate in the large performing groups may individually audition for the LLMEA county and PMEA district level music festivals.