A guiding philosophy at Berkshire School encourages students to explore various means of artistic expression. The ability to think creatively is an essential goal for our students, regardless of level of ability and experience. Students at Berkshire have the choice of participating in a variety of music classes including Jazz Ensemble, Chorus, Digital Music, Music Theory, Chamber Music Ensemble, and independent study in numerous areas. Students who participate in ensembles have the opportunity to perform in various venues throughout the school year.
Students serious in the pursuit of music can apply to participate in music festivals and enrichment programs. The music program is enhanced by the addition of adjunct faculty who teach private instrumental and voice lessons
. In addition to this, the Thomas and Cynthia Dixon Performing Arts Fund creates opportunities for artists to visit Berkshire School, and allows students to attend concerts and workshops throughout the school year.
Students can pursue specific higher level musical projects as an independent study for credit. Independent studies are usually one semester in length and require significant commitment on the part of the student. For an additional fee, they may also take private lessons in guitar, bass, piano, voice, strings and drums, however no course credit is offered for private lesson instruction.