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Whether you are an experienced musician, a curious beginner, or an avid listener, there is a wide range of musical opportunities for you at Kent.

Kent students find great ways to enrich their musical life, whether through private lessons or being a member of a performing ensemble.  Our directors and instructors strive to meet each student’s level of ability and interest.  A student’s personal music goals are the priority, as opportunities to be challenged, grow, and explore are provided by a caring, outstanding music faculty.

“As a Kent School musician, you can participate in the concert band, play in the orchestra, or try a new ensemble style like jazz.”  

Have you ever played in a pit orchestra for a musical production?  You can at Kent!  Perhaps you want to sing in a choir or aspire to be a part of an a cappella vocal group.  At Kent, many of our students are able to participate in multiple ensembles.  You can sing in a choir, be in the Concert Band and in the Orchestra if you so choose!  You have our support.

Kent offers engaging music courses, like Music Technology, that introduce you to the multi-faceted world of the sound engineering and recording industry.  You learn about recording & composition programs, equipment set-up & use, and acoustics. As you create and record your own music, you address the ethics and legal issues facing today’s musicians and producers.  Ever wonder how a composer crafts a movie score or how a songwriter creates the perfect melody?  You can explore the answers to those questions and gain a better understanding and appreciation for musical structure in a Music History and Appreciation course.  You may discover that you are a composer, too!

The music faculty members at Kent are active, professional musicians who perform and teach regionally, throughout New England, the United States, and even around the world.  They are committed to their students and will encourage you to develop your skills to their fullest potential.  They will help you find performance experiences that meet your needs.  There are concerts, formal and studio recitals, coffeehouses, special events, and community outreach services scheduled throughout the year that engage our musicians.  Many students appreciate sharing their music during a Chapel service as soloists or in a chamber ensemble.  Annually, instrumentalists and choir members come together to create our festive Lessons and Carols service.  Do you like a challenge?  Perhaps you’ll audition for the Connecticut Northern Regional and All-State Music Festivals.  Maybe you’ll participate in a solo competition or apply to a special summer music program.

Whatever your interests and goals may be, the Kent School Music Faculty will provide excellent technical instruction and their personal passion for music will inspire you.

Contact Deborah Pendal, L.R.S.M., M.M. Music Department Chair