Whether you’re a beginner who loves music or an advanced musician, you’ll be excited about our Music program!

Academic courses like Music PLUS and Guitar Group introduce the language and culture of music through a diverse offering of activities: rock band, small group ensembles, solo performance, and mentoring. We’ll introduce you to a variety of genres, including jazz, blues and rock, as well as instrumentation, vocalization, performance, songwriting, recording, and media. You’ll be able to play music and enjoy activities while developing personal, social, and creative skills.

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We’ll challenge you according to your comfort level and skills. You’ll apply your acquired musical knowledge and have the opportunity to connect with the greater community by performing at school events and nearby locations.

Beyond the classroom
For girls who want to study performing arts beyond the classroom, we offer a variety of extra-curricular activities.

Shoots and Strawberries
Students are encouraged to further explore their own voice in Shoots & Strawberries, our school choir. The auditioned choir sings a diverse repertoire ranging from classical, a cappella, and vocal jazz to modern pop, multicultural, and Broadway genres. Throughout the year, members of Shoots & Strawberries perform on the Carney Center stage for Open Houses, Parents' Weekends, Winter and Spring Performing Arts Nights, and Purnell's Awards Ceremonies. In addition, the choir has proudly represented Purnell throughout the tri-state area for holiday concerts, alumnae functions and community service events.

For an additional fee, our music program offers private lessons one day a week ranging from 30 to 60 minutes. Instruments offered include:

  • Voice
  • Piano
  • Guitar
  • Drums

Additional instrument lessons that are not listed above can be arranged through the Performing Arts department.