Music


Active engagement and participation is at the heart of the Exeter Music program, for a student who experiences music in the classroom, studies an instrument in the private teaching studio, composes or plays in an ensemble.

Music engages our highest faculties of listening, reasoning, imagining, and feeling. The study of music is a fundamental part of a well-rounded education.

An essential way to explore our common humanity, music simultaneously cultivates self-discovery and a capacity to know others. An experience rich in musical challenge and reward teaches lessons that expand well beyond the classroom, studio, or concert hall.

The department seeks both to instruct students in music and to enrich the life of the school through performance and community engagement, giving voice to a common spirit in times of occasion; a powerful expression of non sibi.

For students of any level of experience or area of musical interest there is an appropriate point of entry to the curriculum.

Our program is realized through three areas of study: performing ensembles, the private lesson studio and the academic classroom.

 In ensembles, students learn the art of collaborative music-making and listening. In the private lesson studio they learn technique, interpretation, and self-expression.

In the classroom, students learn the theoretical, historic, and cultural contexts that awaken interest in and understanding of the musical language.

The fullest educational experience combines study in all three areas to develop musically literate students who will be engaged in music throughout their lives.

Video Selections from the Holiday Concert

December 22, 2014

Enjoy the holidays with music performed by more than 250 students in 8 ensembles.


Musicianship and Kindness: Pianist Sean Chen's Visit to Campus

November 20, 2014

An Exonian recounts his experience playing for and talking to "superstar" pianist Sean Chen, a Gilbert Concert Series performer.


Fall Performing Arts: Twelfth Night, Dance Ensemble Concert

November 12, 2014

Fall performances: a bit of the Bard and a water-themed dance exploration.


Van Cliburn Finalist Chen to Perform

October 8, 2014

Pianist Sean Chen, recently named one of the "30 under 30" pianists to watch by International Piano magazine, will perform a free public concert on Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. in Phillips Church.


Exonians Sing with Grammy Award-Winning Roomful of Teeth

March 28, 2014

"We go into old-growth forests of singing," says Brad Wells, founder and director of Roomful of Teeth, to describe the 8-voice ensemble's music. Those old growths include Tuvan throat singing, yodeling and belting.


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