The music courses at EPS are designed to provide opportunity for students of all experience levels to develop their skill, perform in an ensemble, and be a member of a community of artists. Students have additional adhoc opportunities to extend their classroom learning through performing in assemblies, participating in the WMEA Solo & Ensemble contests, and on special occasions performing for off campus events. Each trimester culminates in an evening performance for the EPS community.
Introduction to Band: open to all orchestral wind and percussion instrumentalists at the beginning level: flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, percussion.
Introduction to Orchestra: open to all orchestral string instrumentalists at the beginning level: violin, viola, cello, double bass.
Instrumental Music Ensemble: open to students of intermediate skill, including and beyond traditional orchestral instruments, for example keyboard and guitar. This is a project based music course that focuses on a rotating topic of artists and genres.
Chamber Music Ensemble: this advanced level, yearlong course meets during the before school zero period hour. Open to Band and string instrumentalists via audition or faculty recommendation.
MS Choirs: choirs in the middle school are grade level based, with 5-6th grades typically scheduled together, and 7-8th grades typically scheduled together.
US Choir: 9-12th grade trimester long vocal music experience, open to all skill levels.
Chamber Choir: this advanced level yearlong course meets during the before school zero period hour. 9-12th grade students eligible via audition or faculty recommendation.
“My art education at EPS helped me to develop from a young child in 6th grade, too afraid to answer questions in class even when he knew they were right, to a young man in high school who was proud to sing on stage in front of a full audience of strangers. The F&PA gave me the confidence to express myself, and take that leap of faith. It’s scary, and the first time it happens, it’s daunting. However, through the presentations in class, the performances, the concerts, and the art galleries, not only does it get easier, it feels good. I came to appreciate having the ability to show the community what I had to offer, and even though my life in university doesn’t involve the F&PA, I am so grateful for the chances that I got to express myself both on and off stage because it gave me the confidence. Dipping my toe in the pond of the Arts was one of the best decisions of my life.” – Julian Yamashiro: EPS Class of 2017