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…permeates the halls and hearts of Rowland Hall, from lower schoolers singing festive songs and playing handchimes in the annual holiday show, to the Upper School jazz band’s surprise concerts at morning meetings.

In February 2018, our Advanced Chamber Ensemble presented Collage, an evening of interactive listening, art, poetry, dance, and chamber music. Musicians: Austin Topham, Augustus Hickman, Patrick McNally, Tim Zeng (violin); Zach Benton (violin, viola); Alex Benton (cello); Jake Bleil (bass); Claire Sanderson (piano); and Alison Puri (harp). (Video by Oliver Jin ’18)


Beginning School

Children move creatively to music, explore the singing voice, develop melody, play simple musical instruments, discover beat and pulse, learn patterns, and play their own musical creations.
Read more: Beginning School specialties

Lower School

Our curriculum develops musicianship, provides hands-on experiences in performance and theory, and nurtures musical artistry. Students learn through the music-education approach Orff Schulwerk, of which our music teacher Cindy Hall is widely recognized as an expert. It combines singing, movement, poetry, and playing instruments. Based on national standards, the curriculum provides students with age-appropriate skills and a conceptual understanding of composing, performing, reading and writing music, music analysis, and music's ties to history and culture.
Read more: Lower School specialties

Middle & Upper Schools

Students can pursue their musical interests through a variety of program offerings, explained below and detailed on divisional pages.
Read More: Middle School electives
Read More: Upper School curriculum



Rowland Hall is known for having one of the best instrumental jazz performance programs among Utah high schools. Starting in the Lower School, students can sign up for beginning band, and very often stay involved through twelfth grade, honing their talents under the direction of professional musician-teacher Dr. Bret Jackson.

Middle and upper school jazz musicians regularly perform at school concerts and functions. Dr. Jackson helps his students, no matter their level of technique or years of experience, develop a better understanding of jazz through both performance and study of styles and musicians. Band members improve their skills in improvisation, reading and interpreting music notation, and articulation of musical notes and phrases.

Student playing trumpet



The Lower School offers an orchestra class for students of any level to learn fundamental string technique in a supportive environment.

Both lower and middle school orchestras perform a variety of classical and popular repertoire at concerts throughout the year. The Middle School also offers an advanced orchestra elective open by audition to advanced string players, pianists, and other classically trained musicians.

In the Upper School’s orchestra class, students further their musicianship in preparation for performance beyond high school. Students may compete at regional and state festivals and perform at school concerts and off-campus venues.

Upper schoolers experienced in reading notated music may take the Advanced Topics Music Theory course, which prepares students for advanced music theory courses in college. The class culminates in a recital showcasing students' compositions.

The Upper School also offers the Advanced Chamber Ensemble, featuring high-level student-musicians playing college-level repertoire—listen to a 2018 recording below.

Grieg Aus Holberg's Zeit Movement I. Praelude, performed by the Rowland Hall Advanced Chamber Ensemble.

students playing string instruments



In the Lower School, the optional after-school Chorus allows motivated third through fifth graders to perform a more advanced repertoire.

Middle and upper schoolers study music of different periods, styles, and difficulty levels. Skills such as singing with pitch accuracy, proper vocal tone, correct breathing and posture, balance and blend, diction, and proper rehearsal/performance etiquette are vital to the program.

In Middle School, a choir elective focuses on developing good vocal and ensemble technique. Students learn and perform songs from a variety of styles and cultures, including current music.

The Upper School choir's repertoire ranges from classical to a cappella, ancient to modern, and simple to complex. Singers strive for accuracy, expression, and style. Performances include school concerts, chapel services, region festivals and competitions, and community events.

students singing


Cindy Hall
Lower School Music Teacherget to know cindy

Jeremy Innis
Chaplain, Choir and Orchestra Teacherget to know jeremy

Dr. Bret Jackson
Band Diretorget to know bret

Sarah Yoon
Orchestra Teacherget to know sarah

In February 2018, Rowland Hall’s Advanced Chamber Ensemble presented Collage, an evening of interactive listening, art, poetry, dance, and chamber music. Visual artist Kayla Dunzinger ’18 painted on stage throughout the night. (Video by Oliver Jin ’18)

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