Our music program encourages each child to develop his or her own musical abilities within the classroom, in public performances both on and off campus, and through individual and group lessons that explore both voice and a variety of instruments.

Lower School Music

Lower School music students explore musical concepts through singing, listening, playing instruments and creative movement. Each student will have the opportunity to acquire knowledge of music through creative performing and instructional experiences. Musical concepts and skills will be presented in activities in which all students can enthusiastically participate. Students will learn to recognize and demonstrate the basic musical elements of melody, rhythm, harmony, texture, tempo, dynamics, timbre and form. Lower School performance opportunities include fifth grade chorus, fifth grade band and orchestra, fourth grade beginner band and orchestra and third grade recorder ensemble. These groups perform annually in December and May. In addition, the primary and intermediate grades alternate to perform a musical every year. 

Middle School Music

Each Middle School student takes one trimester of general music each year. In these classes, students learn music theory and history, as well as composing their own original pieces. Sixth-graders take a year of a performing group as well, choosing either chorus, band or string ensemble. While not required to participate, seventh- and eighth-graders are encouraged to continue with the performing groups. Students who enjoy singing and playing an instrument aren’t limited to choosing one or the other, but instead can sign up for chorus and band or orchestra. 

Upper School Music

There are many performance opportunities for Upper School music students, including two major on-campus concerts, numerous tour dates, special campus events and various club and café gigs throughout the region. Students can participate in orchestra, chorus and jazz ensemble, as well as collaborating in small groups on special performance projects. The music curriculum is comprehensive, covering all genres and time periods. Students can also learn about the structural foundation of music itself by enrolling in music theory. Members of the large performing groups, such as chorus and orchestra, may audition individually for the Lancaster-Lebanon Music Educators (LLMEA) and Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) district-level music festivals.

Music Faculty

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Amy Burkholder

    Amy Burkholder 

    LS | MS Music Faculty
  • Photo of David Franklin

    David Franklin 

    US Music Faculty
  • Photo of Gregory Woodbridge

    Gregory Woodbridge 

    MS | US Music Faculty
Lancaster Country Day School is a preschool-12th grade, coed college preparatory school with students from Lancaster, Hershey, York and Reading.