The Music Program at Deerfield Academy is home to a world-renowned faculty of music professionals and boasts a state-of-the-art performing arts facility that rivals the nation’s finest conservatories. Our wide array of music classes and performing ensembles provides students the opportunity to gain deep knowledge and experience in the many diverse facets of the modern musical landscape.
Elizabeth Wachsman Concert Hall
At once spacious and intimate, the hall features advanced acoustical design, versatile shades for precision control of natural light, a projection screen with Apple TV, a built-in audio system, and two Steinway D pianos. This is the main performance and rehearsal venue for our orchestra, chamber ensembles, and choirs.
Our full proscenium theater with state-of-the-art motorized rigging, advanced sound system, and LED lighting is capable of seating the entire student body and faculty. Large productions are featured here, as well as school meetings and other school-wide events.
Students love creating music in our fully modernized multi-track recording studio. The control room includes five production stations outfitted with Protools®, Ableton Live®, Sibelius®, and Digital Performer®. The live room boasts an arsenal of microphones, a grand piano, a variety of keyboards, and a plethora of percussion equipment and guitar/bass amps. String players can also experiment with our electric cello, viola, and two violins.
In addition to our large ensemble spaces, twelve separate practice/rehearsal rooms alleviate scheduling conflicts between classes, rehearsals, coachings, and private lessons, allowing students the flexibility to individually practice whenever they find free time in their schedules.
AP Music Theory
Fundamentals of Music
Studio Techniques and Audio Engineering
Digital Sound Design
Offered to our most advanced instrumentalists, this class meets four times per week. Students are grouped into like-skilled small ensembles and assigned masterworks of the chamber music repertoire from the baroque, classical, romantic, and contemporary eras. Groups are coached by our staff of experienced professional musicians each day on a rotating basis, and “performance classes” are scheduled throughout each semester, wherein students perform for and critique each other. Students are offered various performance opportunities on and off campus throughout the year, including a professionally-recorded showcase recital in the concert hall at the culmination of each semester. Students are also offered the chance to work with professional guest artists and ensembles who periodically visit our campus each year.
Our full-sized symphony orchestra tackles major symphonic repertoire from the likes of Beethoven, Brahms, Ravel, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and Debussy, as well as contemporary composers and student works. The orchestra performs concerts throughout the year both on and off campus and frequently collaborates with other departments (for example, performing The Nutcracker with the dance studio, or Broadway orchestrations for the theater department’s musical revue). Student winners of an annual concerto competition are given the opportunity to be featured as soloists with the orchestra. The Deerfield Orchestra meets after school and is open to all musicians on campus.
The band program offers students the opportunity to learn to perform an array of contemporary music styles. Many different ensembles are included in this class taught by a team of teachers with a diverse background of professional experience. The class includes large and small jazz ensembles, a pop band, brass ensemble, woodwind ensemble, percussion ensemble, full concert band, and rock/R&B band. It’s open to all instrumentalists on campus.
Our staff of over twenty highly qualified music teachers offer on-campus private music lessons for every orchestral wind and string instrument, piano, voice, bagpipes, and organ. Private lessons in jazz improvisation, composition, songwriting, and music production are also available. Our private teaching staff is curated to include a variety of professional backgrounds in order to accommodate every level of student, from beginner to conservatory-ready, as well as a range of specialties from classical and jazz to rock and pop.
Lessons are scheduled throughout the school day during students’ free periods, or after school during the co-curricular block.
Students who receive tuition assistance will receive the same level of financial aid towards the cost of their private lessons.
Core Music Faculty
Private Teaching/Coaching Faculty
Double Bass and Electric Bass
Oboe and English Horn