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Rooted in the conviction that students learn most about music by making music, the GFS Music Department offers numerous performance-based classes and activities.

The music opportunities that exist at GFS are an outstanding example of students' and teachers' passion for the musical genres. The addition of music reading and interpretation allows our students to become whole learners in this realm.

The creation and understanding of music allows for a broad sense of history, and the capacity for exploration of specific musical forms. This sense of shared exploration is prevalent in rehearsals and classrooms.

Upcoming Performances


Upper School Music Programs and Activities

In the Upper School, students may elect classes in both large and small ensembles; study in these ensembles typically culminates in public performances. Student-led activities such as GFS A Cappella are also available!

Some classes and activities, such as Choir and A Cappella are by audition only, while others like Chorus and World Percussion are open to all students.

Lower School

The Lower School Music Program offers experiences with singing, instruments, movement, and collaborative creative projects.

Emphasis on fundamental musical concepts including rhythm, steady beat, solfege, dynamics, music literacy—all with the goal of joyous music creation, and setting the foundation for music experiences in the Middle and Upper School.

Middle School

Early Childhood

Children in Early Childhood learn about instrumental melodies, song, rhythm, tempo, dance, and expression through singing, movement, and playing instruments with the Early Childhood Music teacher. They participate in several performance opportunities for their parents and caregivers throughout the year.

Private Music Lessons

Lessons are open to anyone in grades Kindergarten-12 for an additional activity fee. Lessons can be held on campus either before or after school, during lunchtimes or recesses, or during free periods or study halls. Lessons can also be held remotely through arrangement with the private lesson teacher. Lessons typically begin the first week of October. The first semester runs from October-January, and the second semester February-May.

In order to establish a solid basis both for students and teachers, families should understand that lessons are a year-long commitment. Inquiries may be directed to Miku Shiota at

To request private lessons, please check back here in mid-August for the 2024-2025 Private Lesson Registration Form