The Literature of the Heart
As Alphonse de Lamartine so eloquently stated, "music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends." At Grandview, music instruction is available and encouraged for all students. Lower School students receive general music instruction two class periods per week and participate in at least two yearly musical productions. Middle and Upper School students may elect to take music classes as a part of their regular school day.
The Lower School Music Program provides students with a broad range of musical experiences in all styles with an emphasis on basic musical skill building. Encouraging the development of the singing voice is key as students learn the basic building blocks of note and rhythm reading, the development of good tone and choral technique, and have first experiences with musical instruments including percussion, recorder, Orff instruments and keyboards. Students also participate in public performances. Every student from our Lower School is also invited to participate in our after-school chorus, Glee Club.
Glee Club is Grandview's award-winning after-school chorus for Lower and Middle School students. The group performs music of all styles, ranging from traditional choral, classical and holiday music to contemporary pop, rock, and jazz. Each year, the Glee Club travels to perform on a Spring Tour which includes either public performances or adjudicated festivals.
This Middle School class combines traditional choral singing with musical theater to form the Grandview Middle School Chorale. Music theory and sight-singing are also a focus of this class. Music studied includes traditional and contemporary choral music as well as solo and ensemble music from the American Musical Theater Songbook. The class emphasizes the various characteristics of vocal development for all of the different styles of music studied.
The Grandview Music Department, in conjunction with the Grandview Dance Academy, produces a full-scale Broadway-style musical each year. Middle and upper school students have an opportunity to participate as performers, technicians, or stage managers. The production is designed with sets, costumes, lighting, and live music, providing an unforgettable experience for the students.
Acapride is Grandview's a cappella ensemble for upper school students who enjoy singing and performing. The group is performance-oriented and forms the basis for the students who participate in the Spring Musical. In addition to preparing for performances, participants also work on basic musicianship skills such as sight singing and knowledge of basic music theory. Acapride performs contemporary pop, rock, and jazz pieces.
Drums (Must bring own sticks)
Guitar (Must have own instrument)
Bass (Must have own instrument)
Instructor: Carrie Furman
Discipline: Voice, Piano
Carrie is a graduate of the University of Miami with a degree in Jazz Vocal Performance. She has been working as a musician and music educator for over 25 years, with experience in live performances as well as studio work. She encourages her students to focus on vocal technique, songwriting, music theory and ear training while centering their learning in the genre of music with which the student feels most comfortable. This is Carrie’s 7th year at Grandview.
Instructor: Dominika Robe Popovska
Dominika Robe Popovska began playing piano at the age of five. She holds Bachelor and Master's degrees in piano performance from University of St. Cyril and Methodius, where she graduated first in her class. Dominika has taught students of all ages and levels of advancement in schools and her private studio.
Her students are the recipients of numerous awards and regularly receive the highest ratings in competitions and festivals. In addition to her private studio, she has worked at the Faculty of Music in Skopje and for the National Opera in North Macedonia as an accompanist and vocal coach.
Dominika performs in both solo and collaborative recitals and has numerous international awards. She was part of the prestige project "European Piano Reflections" organized in five countries: Poland, France, Moldova, North Macedonia and Austria. Dominika has performed as a solo and chamber musician widely across the U.S. and Europe.