Performing Arts

Music

Performing arts are an integral part of Waldron Mercy Academy. The curriculum is designed for students study a variety of artists and musical styles. Through singing, playing instruments, dancing, listening to music, and composing their own tunes, students discover and use their own musical abilities during their general music classes.

 

The Music Department offers private lessons on a variety of instruments. Your child can learn to play everything from electric guitar to French horn!


We have an extensive choral program involving students from grades two through eight. Students who show strong ability or passion for singing can audition for one of two honor choirs—The Treblemakers (for students in grades four to six) and the Chorale (for students in grades seven and eight.) All of the choral groups perform in major concerts, and the honor choirs travel to perform everywhere from Wells Fargo Arena to Disney World.

PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS


Lessons are offered before, during, and after school according to teacher availability. Each student who registers for private lessons will receive 24 lessons during the school year and a studio recital. Lesson times are scheduled with the cooperation of parents and teachers to limit the disruption to the student’s academic schedule. If you'd like to sign up for music lessons, please contact Michael Borton to make arrangements. The following list shows what instruments our program offers and what grades can take them: Piano - Pre-K to Grade 8 Violin - Montessori 4, pre-k to Grade 8 Cello - Montessori 4, pre-k to Grade 8 Guitar - Grades 2 to 8 Flute - Grades 4 to 8 Clarinet - Grades 4 to 8 Saxophone - Grades 4 to 8 Percussion - Grades 3 to 8 (Grade 2 upon request) Trumpet - Grades 4 to 8 Trombone - Grades 4 to 8 French Horn - Grades 4 to 8 Voice - Grades 6 to 8 (Grade 5 upon request) Notes: Students in pre-k through grade three will be picked up from classes for their weekly lessons. Students in grades four through eight must be responsible to come to their lessons on their own and at their allotted times. Persistent tardiness and forgotten lessons will be reported to the parents and will NOT be rescheduled. If your child plays sports any time of the year, please consider having them take their lesson before or during the school day. Lessons missed due to extracurricular conflicts will NOT be made up. Before school and lunch/recess slots are limited. No lesson times are guaranteed; they are assigned by the Music Director.




STRING ENSEMBLE


The String Ensemble is a group that meets after school once a week for violin and cello students from grades two through six. Students have to have at least one year of private lessons to join, but they do not have to take lessons a WMA. This ensemble performs for the Christmas and Spring Concerts. They also visit the Sisters of Mercy at McAuley Convent and share their music. It is a perfect way to increase their musicianship, eartraining and have a lot of fun making music with others!




ROCK BAND


Rock Band is open to students in grades five through eight who have been studying guitar, bass, drums, brass, woodwind, keyboard or voice for at least a year. These students meet once a week after school and work on classic and modern rock. They perform at the Spring Concert and for a special end-of-the-year Community Gathering. Students have a great deal of input on the songs they work on and strive for a truly professional sound!




SUZUKI GROUP LESSONS


Suzuki group lessons are offered to students in Montessori, pre-k, and kindergarten for students who wish to learn violin or cello. They are 20 minute sessions that happen twice a week.





Theater

TREBLEMAKERS


This audition only group is comprised of students in grades four through six. Students must show that they have the ability to match pitch and sing in harmony. Treblemakers members meet at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, depending on his or her voice part. They perform a much more challenging repertoire and represent Waldron Mercy at various local events including, First Fridays in Old City Philadelphia, Peddler's Village and sporting events to name a few. TREBLEMAKERS COMMITMENT FORM




CHORALE


The best of the best students in grades seven and eight audition for and are selected to sing in the Waldron Mercy Chorale group. Students must show a high skill level of singing, harmonizing and matching pitch, not to mention lots of school spirit and a positive attitude.
These students represent our school in choir competitions each year. Locations have included New York, Boston, Annapolis, Williamsburg, Disney World and Montreal. Students sing pieces that are extremely challenging and require an additional two to three rehearsals a week. This added work and commitment has earned Waldron Mercy Academy high rankings in national competitions and leaves the students with memories that last a lifetime. CHORALE COMMITMENT FORM





Private Music Lessons

The Music Department offers private lessons on a variety of instruments. Your child can learn to play everything from Electric Guitar to French Horn! 

PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS


Lessons are offered before, during, and after school according to teacher availability. Each student who registers for private lessons will receive 24 lessons during the school year and a studio recital. Lesson times are scheduled with the cooperation of parents and teachers to limit the disruption to the student’s academic schedule. If you'd like to sign up for music lessons, please contact Michael Borton to make arrangements. The following list shows what instruments our program offers and what grades can take them: Piano - Pre-K to Grade 8 Violin - Montessori 4, pre-k to Grade 8 Cello - Montessori 4, pre-k to Grade 8 Guitar - Grades 2 to 8 Flute - Grades 4 to 8 Clarinet - Grades 4 to 8 Saxophone - Grades 4 to 8 Percussion - Grades 3 to 8 (Grade 2 upon request) Trumpet - Grades 4 to 8 Trombone - Grades 4 to 8 French Horn - Grades 4 to 8 Voice - Grades 6 to 8 (Grade 5 upon request) Notes: Students in pre-k through grade three will be picked up from classes for their weekly lessons. Students in grades four through eight must be responsible to come to their lessons on their own and at their allotted times. Persistent tardiness and forgotten lessons will be reported to the parents and will NOT be rescheduled. If your child plays sports any time of the year, please consider having them take their lesson before or during the school day. Lessons missed due to extracurricular conflicts will NOT be made up. Before school and lunch/recess slots are limited. No lesson times are guaranteed; they are assigned by the Music Director.




STRING ENSEMBLE


The String Ensemble is a group that meets after school once a week for violin and cello students from grades two through six. Students have to have at least one year of private lessons to join, but they do not have to take lessons a WMA. This ensemble performs for the Christmas and Spring Concerts. They also visit the Sisters of Mercy at McAuley Convent and share their music. It is a perfect way to increase their musicianship, eartraining and have a lot of fun making music with others!




ROCK BAND


Rock Band is open to students in grades five through eight who have been studying guitar, bass, drums, brass, woodwind, keyboard or voice for at least a year. These students meet once a week after school and work on classic and modern rock. They perform at the Spring Concert and for a special end-of-the-year Community Gathering. Students have a great deal of input on the songs they work on and strive for a truly professional sound!




SUZUKI GROUP LESSONS


Suzuki group lessons are offered to students in Montessori, pre-k, and kindergarten for students who wish to learn violin or cello. They are 20 minute sessions that happen twice a week.





 

Honors Choirs

TREBLEMAKERS


This audition only group is comprised of students in grades four through six. Students must show that they have the ability to match pitch and sing in harmony. Treblemakers members meet at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, depending on his or her voice part. They perform a much more challenging repertoire and represent Waldron Mercy at various local events including, First Fridays in Old City Philadelphia, Peddler's Village and sporting events to name a few. TREBLEMAKERS COMMITMENT FORM




CHORALE


The best of the best students in grades seven and eight audition for and are selected to sing in the Waldron Mercy Chorale group. Students must show a high skill level of singing, harmonizing and matching pitch, not to mention lots of school spirit and a positive attitude.
These students represent our school in choir competitions each year. Locations have included New York, Boston, Annapolis, Williamsburg, Disney World and Montreal. Students sing pieces that are extremely challenging and require an additional two to three rehearsals a week. This added work and commitment has earned Waldron Mercy Academy high rankings in national competitions and leaves the students with memories that last a lifetime. CHORALE COMMITMENT FORM





Michael Borton

Director of Music

mborton@waldronmercy.org

Barbara Baldwin

Music Teacher

bbaldwin@waldronmercy.org

Check out the highlights from the 2019 Chorale's trip to Boston!