Lower and Middle School Instruction
Lower school music students sing, move, and play Orff instruments to develop their concepts and skills. Our “Orffestration” includes glockenspiels, xylophones, metallophones, and dozens of other professional quality percussion instruments. The students not only create, but experience music through attending the Omaha Symphony Concerts for Youth at the Holland Center and performing at the Henry Doorly Zoo. Guest artists present at the school each year, emphasizing cultural or historical themes. Our lower school choir, Serenading Raiders, performs at the Durham Western Heritage Museum, Lauritzen Gardens, Joslyn Arts Museum, and other venues around Omaha. Every other year the Nebraska Music Educators holds a statewide children’s chorus that BT students participate in.
In middle school general music, students in fifth and sixth grades learn how to compose original music using an innovative technology curriculum. Seventh grade music class teaches students everything they ever wanted to know about modern popular music, and eighth grade music class is a study in film music, culminating in students using iPads to create silent films scored with their own original music.
Upper School Choir
Upper School Choir is an open-enrollment elective, meaning that any student who wishes to continue singing in grades 9 through 12 may join, audition-free. These students should be committed to the success of the group and should be ready to give their best effort at every rehearsal. The Upper School Choir gives at least six performances throughout the year, both during and outside the school day, on and off campus. Participating students have enjoyed great success in recent years at District Music Contest, Frontier Conference Vocal Music Clinic, in the Rally for the Arts, as cast members in the Upper School Musical, and as members of community ensembles, programs, and productions.