Music participation and appreciation introduces students to a full range of musical experiences.
The primary objective of the music program is for each child to develop a love and knowledge of music. By exposing children to music early on, they not only develop a genuine appreciation for the musical arts but it also sparks their imagination, creativity, and intellectual curiosity.

PreK-Grade 4

At each grade level, students:
  • Receive a comprehensive understanding of musical concepts with emphasis on rhythm, melody, dynamics, tempo, tone color, and notation.
  • Apply concepts and develop musical skills through singing and playing instruments.
  • Refine listening skills to aurally identify music and instruments from various historical periods, composers, and cultures.
  • Strengthens their ability to analyze music and describe the elements and emotions that resonate with each individual using music vocabulary

Grades 5-9

Students have a variety of musical options which include:

  • Fifth and sixth graders participate in Chorus.
  • Fifth and sixth graders have the option to participate in an instrumental band or take a Music Lab class, which teaches theory, history, and singing.
  • Seventh grade students take at least one term of guitar instruction and have the option to participate in an instrumental band or elective choral group.
  • Eighth and ninth grade students may continue to participate in the various bands. 

Instrumental Bands

List of 5 items.

  • Beginner Band

    Beginner Band is for students with little or no experience playing an instrument. Instruments are available on a rental basis. Fifth and sixth-grade students will join this group unless they have previous experience that would place them in a more advanced band.

  • Concert Band

    Concert Band is for musicians with some background and experience in their chosen instrument. Concert Band is made up of primarily sixth-grade students.

  • Jazz Band

    Jazz Band is the only audition-based band in the school. Featuring a “Big Band Sound,” this group includes the most experienced musicians.

  • String Ensemble

    String Ensemble is open to musicians in all grades who have advanced experience.

  • Wind Ensemble

    Wind Ensemble attracts seventh through ninth-graders who want to continue their musical studies. It is also possible for fifth or sixth graders with advanced abilities to play in this band.

Rippowam Cisqua School
439 Cantitoe Street 
Bedford, NY 10506
phone: (914) 244-1250
Rippowam Cisqua School is a PreK-Grade 9 independent day school in Westchester County, New York. RCS offers challenging academics built on innovation, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, wellness, leadership, service learning, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.
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