Music and Performing Arts

Early Learning and Lower School Music

Our Early Learning students learn to comprehend music through a hands-on approach. Our music teachers use "experiential” Orff Music Instruction Techniques to help students read music and prepare for our accelerated violin program beginning in 1st grade.

Our unique approach to early childhood music also uses the Suzuki Violin technique, which guides students in learning to play music by ear, using age-appropriate, custom-sized violins and a variety of percussion and keyboard instruments to learn to read music through hands-on experience rather than passive instruction. 

Lower School Performing Arts

Rancho's first through third grades build cognitive, linguistic, and psychomotor connections through our ground-breaking violin program. Studies suggest that early music study boosts students' academic achievement.  The program introduces students to music and violin in Early Learning, using age-appropriate, custom-sized violins. Students in Grades 1-3 build on this knowledge to develop their aural skills, study music theory and history and continue their study of violin. Students are empowered to express themselves confidently and are inspired to begin a lifelong enjoyment of music.

Studies suggest that early music study boosts students’ academic achievement. Our violin program offers “minds on” rather than just “hands on” learning by interweaving the psycho-motor, affective and cognitive domains of knowledge. The creativity and multi-dimensional thinking developed through disciplined study of instrumental music teach critical thinking and problem solving skills and global understanding.

Beginning in fourth grade, Rancho Solano students may select from either band, choir, or orchestra. This allows our students to better customize their Rancho Solano musical experience. Band, Choir, and Orchestra students learn the basics of instrumental music performance in an active learning environment, performing in three to four large scale performances per year.

Middle School Performing Arts

  • Concert Band
  • Choir
  • Dance
  • String Orchestra

We also offer private music lessons on all instruments and voice parts. Extra-curricular groups include jazz bnd, pep band, drum line, and rock band. Members of our Middle School performing ensembles perform regularly at festivals, concerts, and competitions.  

Upper School Performing Arts

 Our Upper School Performing Arts Department offers both performance and theoretical based classes:

  • Concert Band*
  • Choir*
  • Dance*
  • String Orchestra*
  • IB Music

*Members of our high school performing ensembles perform regularly in festivals, concerts, and competitions. 

In addition to the school day curriculum, we also offer private music lessons in all instruments and voice parts.  Extra-curricular ensembles include jazz band, pep band, honor choir, and rock band.

For additional Upper School opportunities in music and performing arts, please see the Upper School Fine Arts Offerings. 

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  • Preschool – 5th Grades
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  • Scottsdale, AZ 85254
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  • 9180 E Via de Ventura
  • Scottsdale, AZ 85258
  • USA

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