At Independence, we foster all types of musicians, exposing them to nearly every genre imaginable while providing a wide range of ensembles in which they can perform. The foundation is built at a very young age, with the onset of co-curricular, general music classes in Early Childhood I. Choir participation starts as early as first grade, while students may begin instrumental music in third grade with the Elementary String Orchestra program. Band then becomes available in fourth grade.
In Bronze and Silver Band, students start with the fundamentals of playing an instrument, both solo and together as an ensemble. As they progress through middle school and into the Gold Band, the focus turns to learning and refining more advanced musical concepts such as phrasing, expression, major and minor scales, arrangement and rhythmic improvisation. The Stage (Jazz) Bands embrace rhythmic and melodic improvisation, aural dictation and blues and modal scales, and they perform a range of swing, big band, fusion, pop and rock tunes.
String Orchestra and Choir learn about musical theatre, theory and history. Like the band, these groups also study and perform a wide variety of musical genres, from classical and jazz to pop and classic rock. Every year, select Independence vocalists participate in the Delaware All-State Chorus and American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Honor Choir, a testament to their talent, skill and hard work.
Up to five concerts per school year in our state-of-the-art, 900-seat Gore Auditorium truly give our students the chance to shine under the spotlight, as do collaborations with professional outfits such as the Newark Symphony Orchestra. Most ensembles perform live twice a year.
- Gold (Concert) – 7th & 8th Grade
- Silver (Intermediate) – 5th & 6th Grade
- Bronze (Beginner) – 4th Grade
- Stage – 7th & 8th Grade (membership is limited and by audition only; requires participation in Gold Band)
- Stage 101 – 6th Grade (requires placement audition and participation in Silver Band)
- Chamber – by audition only; open to middle school students in Grades 7-8
- Mixed – 7th & 8th Grade
- Treble – 5th & 6th Grade
- Elementary – 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Grade