The Gulliver Prep Middle School Music Department uses the approach of a performance-based curriculum. Students participate in conservatory-style lessons and master classes outside of the classroom setting, as well as solo performances in competitions, school, and community events. The Gulliver Prep Upper School Music Department provides a conservatory-level program that offers important venues for students’ musical abilities to be showcased. Curricular ensembles and classes include string, wind and percussion, vocal and jazz ensembles, as well as AP Music Theory.
Primary and Lower Schools
Starting in Primary School, students learn to appreciate and participate in the performing arts. We encourage our students to feel comfortable speaking and performing in front of others, seeing it as a positive experience and understanding the joy of performance.
PK and JK
1st and 2nd
Students interested in the performing arts have the opportunity to develop skills to a high level of expertise and competence. Individual goals and class accomplishments lead to a positive experience and understanding of the joy of performance. The music program includes beginning, intermediate and advanced ensembles in the disciplines of band, chorus, and strings. In addition, Composition, Sound & Technology is open to students in grades 7 and 8 interested in producing, recording, and composing while learning the computer-based production technique that real world composers use.
Middle School Jazz Band
The Jazz Band is a nationally-recognized group of musicians adhering to a performance-based curriculum. This ensemble participates in as many as fourteen main performances during the year, including community concerts and judged performances. The Jazz Band has scored Superior Ratings at Florida’s Music Performance Assessments 10 years in a row.
The Jazz Band is open to students in grades 7 and 8 with previous instrumental experience. Auditions are required.
Students learn about a variety of musical genres, including jazz, jazz-fusion, rock, and classical. Musical growth is monitored weekly through assignments such as scales and exercises. Members may audition for local and state band organizations including Solo and Ensemble, All-State Band, and Honor Band. Students also have the unique opportunity of working with fine educators and musicians. Past guests include composer and arranger Bob Longfield, the Boston Brass Quintet, and the Young Patrons Opera.