There is a performer in everyone.

Our mission is to provide students with a positive experience across an array of performance disciplines. Students in every division should have a meaningful experience that prepares them for a future of participation in the performing arts. In Lower School music, using developmentally-appropriate curriculum, we encourage students to sing, play instruments, dance, read and write music, and develop a lifelong love of music.

"Confidence, competence and quality—when I think of the Lower School Music Program at Penn Charter these are the words that come to mind. My children gained confidence through performance, both vocal and instrumental." Amy Gadsden, Penn Charter parent


Key Characteristics

  • All students have the opportunity to learn and play instruments in Orff-style instrumentation.

  • Movement and dance are a regular part of the music program, which incorporates elements of the work of Émile Jaques-Dalcroze and John Feierabend.

  • Students learn the foundations of singing during instructional time, and meet as an entire grade for "chorus" once each academic cycle.

Curricular Highlights

Concerts. Lower School students present two full concerts each year, participate in the Small Ensemble Concert and are eligible to participate in the All-School Musical.

Composition. The second grade composition project gives students an opportunity to experiment with songwriting techniques. Fourth graders collaborate on a performance piece that they debut in the Spring Concert.

Enrichment opportunities. Students may choose to supplement their music education through the Handbell Choir and Enrichment Rock Band programs, and by participating in small lesson groups in ukulele and guitar.

“The last concert was incredibly expressive, impressive and magical. It is amazing to see how far they have come since pre-K.”  Erin Randolph-Williams, Penn Charter parent