For the Love of Music

Students interested in music may apply any of the music courses to their fine art requirements such as Orchestra, Band, Jazz Band, Chorale, Advanced Chorale. Music courses are also taught by practicing musicians who aim to provide students with a source of enjoyment and inspiration. At Country Day, we believe strongly that Music provides students the opportunity to experience personal growth as well as the satisfaction derived from cooperative effort.

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    Mrs. Katherine Antis 

    Arts Department Chair, Band & Orchestra Teacher (Band Room)
    (504) 849-3126
    James Madison University - BM
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    Ms. Laurie Gardner 85

    MPCDS
    MS & US Music Teacher (Choral Room)
    (504) 849-3127
    Loyola University, New Orleans - BMT, BME
    University of New Orleans - MM
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    Ms. Lauren Lemmler 

    Metairie Park Country Day School
    Lower School Music Teacher
    Loyola University New Orleans - Bachelor
    Mannes College of Music, NYC - Masters

Lower School

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  • Lower School Music

    The lower school music curriculum is based on the Orff-Schulwerk philosophy that builds music concepts and skills while involving children in movement, speech, rhythm, singing, playing instruments, and improvisation. We offer a full program of choral and instrumental music, including Little Group, band, orchestra, and Orff ensemble.

Middle School

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  • Band

    This performance class meets two days a week to develop musical skills such as notation, tone production, fine motor skills, composition and improvisation. Students in this ensemble perform at concerts, festivals and football games. While it is recommended that students provide their own instruments, a limited number of larger instruments are available through the school.
  • Chorus

    The Middle School Chorus is a performance-based choir, which provides Middle School students with the opportunity to concentrate musical study on good vocal technique and sight-singing skill while developing blend and balance as part of a musical ensemble. The group performs at Country Day’s choral concerts at the end of both the fall and spring semesters, and also participates in the Louisiana Music Educators Associations’ Large Ensemble Festival. The group’s repertoire includes unison, 2-part, 3-part, and occasionally 4-part selections of Choral Literature, which are age-appropriate and representative of a wide variety of musical styles, genres, cultures, and historical periods. In addition, significant time is devoted during each rehearsal to ear training and sight-singing
  • Middle School Honors Chorus

    This year-long class will be offered to students in grades 7 and 8 who have been placed by the teacher. The group will perform more advanced music and will represent the School at various festivals and events. The Holiday and Spring Concerts are required as part of the student's grade.
  • General Music 7/8

    The 7th and 8th grade music course is designed to accommodate students with different levels of musical experience and skill. The course includes work on healthy vocal technique, sight-singing skills, note and rhythm reading on pitched and un-pitched percussion instruments, and basic skills on guitar and piano. During the fall semester, the course includes a survey of classical composers. During the spring semester, students examine popular American musical styles of the 20th century including those native to Louisiana.
  • Orchestra

    This performance class meets twice a week to develop musical skills such as notation, tone production, fine motor skills, composition and improvisation. The orchestra is one of our most visible groups, with performances at concerts, festivals and various school events such as Visitors and Grandparents Day and Open House nights. While it is recommended that students provide their own instruments, a limited number of larger instruments are available through the school.

Upper School

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  • Advanced Chorale

    This year-long class will be offered to students who have been placed by the teacher. The group will perform more advanced music and will represent the school as its performing group. Students in grades 9-12 are chosen by audition only, for this year-long course. Several project time meetrings are required so the three sections of the chorale can meet together. The Holiday and Spring Concerts are required as part of the student's grade.
  • Band

    This year-long course will be offered to students who have played an instrument prior to 9th grade. Some large instruments are provided by the school, otherwise the student is required to furnish his own. Because this is a performance-oriented group, students are required to be present at all performances. Concerts are required as part of the student's grade. Admission of new students to the program will be determined by teacher recommendation.
  • Chorale

    This course will provide talented students with an opportunity to develop their voices as instruments of self-expression, to improve their music literacy, and to enjoy meaningful group experience through daily participation and performance. Students in grades 9-12 may participate in this year­long course. There is no audition necessary. Several activities periods are required so the two sections of the chorale can meet together. The Holiday and Spring Concerts are required as part of the student's grade.
  • Jazz Band

    Students must be members of the concert band to participate. This band performs at concerts and school activities throughout the year.
  • Orchestra

    This year-long course will be offered to students who have played a string instrument prior to 9thgrade. Because this is a performance-oriented class, students are required to be at all performances.
300 Park Road, Metairie, LA 70005 (504) 837-5204
Established in 1929, Metairie Park Country Day School is a coed private school for New Orleans area students in early childhood through Grade 12. From the elementary grades through upper school, the care and cultivation of each child comes to life in our exciting academic program, creative arts, and competitive athletic offerings.

Country Day accepts qualified students without regard to race, color, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national, or ethnic origin.