Under the leadership of Fine Arts Director James Berry, HHCA Music students have a vast array of opportunities to develop and use their gifts and talents. The curriculum is both comprehensive and non-traditional, giving students experience in every style of music -- from classical, jazz, and pop, to rock, worship, Broadway, and much more.
Early Participation in Music
Beginning in Lower School, students participate in Music twice a week, where they are introduced to foundational musical concepts. A thorough instrumental, choral, and music theory program is offered to Middle and Upper School students, with an emphasis on developing well-rounded musicians who have a thorough knowledge of repertoire.
Pit Orchestra, Jazz Band and More
Students in the 5th grade have the opportunity to participate in 5th Grade Band while 6th-8th graders may participate in Middle School Chorus or Eagles Pep Band. As students get older, their opportunities within HHCA's Music program multiply. In addition to participating in ensembles such as Pep Band, Eagles Jazz Band, Pit Orchestra, Worship Leadership, and Upper School Symphonic Band, students learn how to run live sound, and they learn piano skills with a portable keyboard lab to create and market podcasts in conjunction with Upper School Technology students. This heavy focus on fundamental music preparation coupled with a with an emphasis on technology, prepares students to use their musical talents and gifts far beyond their days at HHCA.
Opportunities to Shine
HHCA Music students have many opportunities to perform on campus during the school year, and many students -- because of their extensive training and high proficiency -- are frequently seen in the community performing at various events and venues. Advanced instrumental students have worked with the Junior Jazz Foundation, Palmetto Bluff, the Island School Council of the Arts, the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Jazz Corner and many more.