Princeton music students have an opportunity to be part of a program which has received state and national recognition for excellence. Whether in the classroom, the marching field, the concert or theatre stage, or the arena of competition, our students experience what for many is the high point of their musical lives.
Beginning in kindergarten, all Princeton students receive instruction from a qualified music educator. Music classes are part of the regular elementary school schedule, and follow a standards-based curriculum. Middle School provides the opportunity to begin instrumental music study and many students become part of band, orchestra, choral or jazz performance ensembles. A wide variety of musical options is available at the high school as well, with Marching Band, three concert bands, two orchestras, four choirs, and two jazz ensembles being offered during the school day. Additionally, non-performance music classes are offered at the Middle School and High School, including General Music, Piano Lab, Guitar and International Baccalaureate Music.
Princeton music organizations have a rich history of performance excellence. Our bands, orchestras, and choirs have consistently received superior ratings at OMEA adjudicated events. Princeton’s Marching Band, Choir and Jazz Ensembles are well-known musical ambassadors throughout the area, and Princeton ensembles have appeared in locations throughout the country. Recently, Princeton bands, orchestras, and choirs have performed in such diverse locations as Orlando, Washington D.C., Salt Lake City and Honolulu. ABC students have received individual recognition as well, having been selected for such prestigious organizations as Cincinnati Junior Strings, Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra, District 14 Honor Band, May Festival Youth Chorus, and All-State Ensembles.
Many families cite the music program as one of the principal benefits of a Princeton education. At Princeton, to be educated well is to be educated in music.