Members of Menlo's vocal ensemble perform in the Creative Arts and Design Center.

Upper School Creative Arts

Vocal Music

Sing with Us!

You’ll learn musicianship and vocal skills while performing great music in a fun and supportive environment.

Our vocal music program features courses for all levels of performers and explores a wide range of repertoire.

A student sings during the Spring Vocal and Instrumental Music Concert.

Upper School Vocal Music Course Offerings

Grade: 9

Embody Voice (FAX)


Open to all freshmen interested in beginning vocal music in any capacity. Topics and repertoire covered will include a variety of vocal music styles. Essential elements of music performing and music literacy will be covered. Bring your friends, no prior experience is required to be in this vocal ensemble

Grade: 101112

Knight Singers

This is a year-long course.

A year-long audition-only mixed chamber choir of acapella and accompanied vocal music repertoire that spans from jazz, popular, musical theater, classical, and more. Prior vocal experience is not required but is highly recommended. Musicians will perform repertoire in 2-4 part harmony and will perform at least twice a year. Those who enjoy singing in a more standard choral form should take this class. 

Open to 10th-12th graders and 9th grade with teacher permission.

Prerequisites: Previous experience in a vocal group is strongly recommended. 

Grade: 9101112

Musical Theater (1S)

This is a semester-long course is and is offered in the FALL only. 

This class is designed to tell stories through music with the goal of developing an awareness of emotional truth and connection. It is a performance-based course focused on the three essential elements of musical theatre- music, drama, and movement. Material covered will include vast repertoire from musical theatre while also discovering how the history of the genre relates to the present. Students are encouraged to bring their own repertoire while also being open to learning something new. We will perform scenes from musical theatre repertoire from the golden age to the present. Prior experience in vocal music, drama, and/or movement is encouraged. 

Grade: 101112

Vocal Exploration

This is a year-long course.

This course is designed to explore the intersection of music and culture and will include listening, occasional reading, and short presentations. Several American musical styles will be covered, and some artists featured include Snoop Dogg, Taylor Swift, Eminem, Lauryn Hill, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Tupac, Aretha Franklin, H.E.R., The Beatles, Bob Marley, Duke Ellington and many more. Final projects will include an annotated playlist drawing connections to styles, artists, time period, and cultural relevance.


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