Music and dance are integrated into the daily schedule of preschool students. Making music is a fixed element of circle time and students perform for their peers as well as parents at school events. Elementary school students attend formal music lessons on a weekly basis. The program includes music theory and history, vocal instruction and performance, and Orff instruments. In 3rd grade, students are taught how to play the recorder. Alto’s afterschool program provides further musical opportunities for preschool and elementary school students, including choir as well as various other extracurricular activities.
Older students take music classes throughout their time in middle school, learning about music theory and history, and are given ample opportunities to plan and prepare school performances. Many units are project-oriented, allowing students to write, plan, and rehearse their own musical play. Alto music performances include students at all levels of musical talent, allowing every student to push themselves and explore their artistic potential.
In addition, middle and high school students have the opportunity to join the school’s band program, which performs at various school events and other occasions.