Beginning in the Lower School, Charlotte Latin music students are introduced at age-appropriate intervals to the basic elements of music, such as rhythm, harmony, and melody. Since very young students learn best through active participation, concepts such as tempo include physical movements and listening exercises. Older students, through vocal or instrumental music, learn to explore their own creativity, and to appreciate others’ talents. By performing in ensembles, which regularly receive superior ratings in their respective North Carolina Music Adjudication events, students also learn the value of teamwork while reinforcing their individual performance skills. Musicians with limited experience play with more advanced students and discover firsthand how mastery of technique and commitment to practice unite to create the art of music.
As students progress, their music education program grows more sophisticated, and the distinct nuances of various musical styles are studied. Written study guides help students as they consider the musical form of a major work, such as its phrasing and harmonies, against the backdrop of its historical period. By understanding the historical context of various works, students learn to discern and appreciate stylistic differences and their own musical taste. Upon this foundation a lifelong love of music is built, opening a door that will continue to enrich the lives of Charlotte Latin’s students long after they leave our practice rooms and performance halls.