Our Program

Program Highlights

  • During the school year each child attends two of the 15 weekly small-group rehearsals. During the summer, the six-week, full-day summer learning program on the Swarthmore College campus includes two to three hours of music daily, plus academics, dance, and art.
  • Graded instruction in music education with emphasis on sightreading, understanding theory, hearing and singing harmony, appreciating musical artistry, learning and performing classical music.
  • Advanced performers sing classical masterworks with Swarthmore College Chorus.
  • Piano, theory, and composition lessons are given to motivated and advanced musicians.
  • 10-12 community-wide concerts are held each year in the Delaware Valley.

Sing-to-Learn (STL)

  • STL is based on research showing that integrating music and academics helps children learn more easily, retain information longer, and develop cognitive skills.
  • Twice-weekly classes are held in two Chester elementary schools.
  • The music instruction augments classroom lessons with songs about curriculum-related topics including geometric shapes, natural habitats and seasons while building musical basics such as pitch and rhythm.
    Listen to an excerpt of "I'm a Frog!"