Our Music Program is characterized by a diversity of experiences we provide in Music History and Theory, Vocal and Instrumental Performance, as well as in Production and Electronic Music. Our facilities are first-class, and include a multipurpose classroom, several rehearsal spaces, a performance theater with indoor and outdoor stages, recital hall with grand piano, and a state-of-the-art MAC recording studio. In all music offerings at Dublin, our students are challenged to use creativity, imagination, and discipline to realize their dreams.
A student-centered approach to curricular planning ensures that students are provided with academic and extra-curricular opportunities of varying lengths and credit options to better meet each student’s individual needs and interests. In addition to the courses we offer during the academic day, vocal and instrumental performance ensembles meet in an evening class block, making the opportunity more widely available to students with schedule constraints. It is a great way to re-energize prior to evening studies.
At Dublin, students can select from standard secondary school offerings like Introduction to Music, Dubliners Chorus, and Jazz Ensemble, as well as from courses more commonly offered at the college level, such as Music Technology and Production as well as Advanced Theory. Another strength of our program is the diversity in our vocal and instrumental repertoires, which represent contemporary and classical composers. Students have the opportunity to perform both on campus and in local venues such as the Monadnock Valley Music Festival and the All State Music Festival.
Extra-Curricular opportunities, including Rock Band and Private Music Lessons, are also an important part of our program, and they are open to students and adult members in our community of all abilities. As with members of our academic course offerings, all participants in extra-curricular activities get access to Dublin’s music spaces, including our recording studio and electronic music lab. Informal coffeehouses are scheduled each term so that students can share their music with each other, and the spring Mayfair Weekend features a large percentage of our community taking to the stage to perform their favorite songs in an epic evening of vocal and instrumental favorites.
Academic Courses and Extra Curricular Offerings
Introduction to Music: History, Theory and Practice
Here you will develop an understanding of music by learning elementary piano skills, including that of reading music. This course also provides an in-depth survey of fundamental elements of music designed to enhance your knowledge and appreciation of the art. Topics include pitch, rhythm, melody, harmony, form, and an introduction to the development of music in the 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Ideal for students with little to no music experience, this course is open to all.
Dubliners is a group vocal ensemble, which will perform a wide variety of vocal repertoire: classical, jazz, rock, pop, and musical theatre. We will also experiment in the “collegiate” a cappella style of ensemble singing. Class meets once a week with additional rehearsals scheduled during one or two study blocks per week.
Prerequisite: Three or more years of playing an instrument and reading music
Jazz Ensemble is devoted to learning the art of jazz, blues, and rock performance. The ensemble meets once a week throughout the school year. Here you will explore some of the most iconic jazz and rock repertoire of the 20th and 21st centuries, while also having the opportunity to learn elements of small combo playing and improvisation.
Music Performance Lab
Prerequisite: Music I or by permission of the instructor
Music Performance Lab is an opportunity to deepen your own instrumental skills, expressive voice, and musical interests. With the instructor’s help, you will select your own repertoire and focus on developing it throughout the term. This includes research into the history behind this repertoire and into the elements of relevant music theory. This course is considerably self-driven, as your success in the course relies on regular practice in order to prepare for weekly evaluations and an end-of-term recital for the Dublin community.
Prerequisite: One year of participation in Dubliners Chorus or by permission of the instructor
Chamber Singers is a more advanced choral ensemble, designed for devoted singers curious and passionate about the art of choral music. This ensemble meets year-round during the academic day and will focus on traditional choral repertoire (classical, jazz, and modern).
Learn about the music production process: performance, recording, editing, and mixing. Find out how to turn your creativity into a finished product by manipulating waveform, frequency, panning, and many other elements that constitute the audio experience. Understand the subtleties that make a quality recording. This is a hands-on workshop course that will utilize the school’s recording facility as well as programs and processes on your own laptop. The first trimester will focus on basic understanding of the recording process, including signal flow, microphone choice and placement, and audio tracking. The second term will delve more deeply into manipulating waveform and equalization as well as adding effects and mixing. In the third trimester, you will be able to produce your own musical work as a term-long class project.
Individual lessons for students who wish to learn or pursue mastery of an instrument are arranged by the music teacher. Recently instrumental lessons have been conducted in guitar, bass, drums, trumpet, trombone, flute, and violin. These usually do not carry academic credit.
Music is the language of the soul; it expresses that which we cannot express in words and it speaks to every listener in a very different and unique way. For me, studying music is not solely about how to perform, read, or write music, rather it is a path towards understanding human expression at its finest.
I often struggle to find the words which best explain how I am feeling; music allows me to clear my mind. Whenever I sit at the piano, with my eyes closed, I can let go of any negativity that overtakes me and truly express myself. I can travel anywhere, see anything, be anyone.
In my courses, my hopes are that my students aspire to hear and appreciate the beautiful subtleties when they listen to music, that they perform from their hearts rather than from their minds, and that they find a sense of calm, release, or inspiration within their music practice. I want my students to begin to understand how to use music effectively in their own lives.
Listening to music regularly and critically is essential. Experimenting, playing, singing, writing, and performing are key. Perfectionism is crucial, but "imperfectionism" is even better. Even Beethoven wrote dozens of drafts of his famous Ninth Symphony before settling on one of the most important and recognizable compositions in Western music – even then, he was dissatisfied with his creation. Being a part of music and studying it is a process that nobody can truly master. There is always a deeper level to explore. Making mistakes is vital to discovering something new. One never has to apologize for a musical mistake; learn from it!