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.

Screening of 'Ellis,' a Film Exploring Immigration and Memory

November 18, 2015

Film by Paris-born artist JR accompanied by creative works and performances by PEA students. Friday, Nov. 20, 7-8 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Blue Heron Choir Performs Choral Music from the 15th Century

October 5, 2015

Hosted by Gilbert Concert Series. Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.

Yehudi Wyner Joins the Vaverka Trio for an Evening of Brahms, Beethoven and Wyner

May 6, 2015

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Wyner performs with Eva Gruesser, violin, Dimitar Petkov, viola, and Mark Schroeder, cello.

Gilbert Concert Series Trio Performs “Love Songs of Robert Schumann”

April 14, 2015

Martha Guth, soprano, Tyler Duncan, baritone, and Erika Switzer, piano, perform April 14, at 7 p.m.

PEA Musicians Wow Concertgoers in Vietnam on “Peace and Innovation” Tour

March 17, 2015

'I have never heard a group of teenagers reach such a standard,' writes a concertgoer. 'It was of London concert hall standard.'

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