Empowering students with language-based learning differences
A Creative Space
Music instruction at Siena, Silver Spring, develops students' musical literacy and performance skills, while
providing exposure to the broad range of musical genres, styles, instruments, and figures. Music appreciation and performance are developed through multisensory techniques, advancing understanding of voice, rhythm, pitch, conducting and instrumentation. With consistent exposure to a variety of genres, ranging from opera and classical to folk and pop, students enhance their appreciation of music from around the world.
Participating in the Siena Band and Chorus, with live performances during afternoon assemblies, Band Night and other evening events
Performing in the annual Siena musical
Taking a high school music elective focused on composition and performance
Taking an elementary or middle school music class focused on instrumentals (guitar, percussion, ukulele and others) and performance
Enrichment offerings to learn a new instrument
- Studying songs from the Great Depression and the Vietnam era in US history class, as well as songs from other eras and cultures in other history classes
- Selecting soundtracks to reflect the mood of a novel in English class
- Using songs to help remember mathematical formulae and steps
Many students participate in the Siena Band and Chorus, which performs rock, pop, jazz, and even the occasional heavy metal song. Students compose and arrange music, and groups of students often create their own smaller ensembles. The year culminates in the annual Siena Band Night, at which the band and chorus perform a wide variety of songs, and students in bands outside of school have an opportunity to perform.