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May Day

Unite and Unite is the theme of a pipe-and-drum-led processional over the hillside, marking the start or our beloved May Day celebration. Students weave ribbons around the May Pole, sing traditional English folk songs and perform Morris dance.


"Music is the universal language of mankind." – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Our MUSIC program supports cognitive and spatial development as well as math and memory functions. It also reflects and celebrates the human experience throughout history and across cultures.

The music curriculum at the Barnesville School aims to develop musical and creative ability in each student. To this end, nurture and support are given to develop the branch of music each student has special aptitude for and give training accordingly to draw the best out of them. Ultimately, music education serves to create and develop an interest and enthusiasm in the learners for the study and practice of music.

Preschool & Lower School

The Preschool and Lower School music programs involve exposure to a wide range of music and musical activity. The type of music the children experience ranges from traditional to contemporary. This exposure happens through listening to music of diverse composers and of various historical style periods, and through singing in different languages. The students hear famous children's music stories, and also simple songs and chants made up by other children from other parts of the world. They learn songs associated with seasonal celebrations and festivals which a variety of different cultures observe.

Preschool and Lower School children participate in music classes by simply doing things all children like to do: sing, chant rhymes, clap, dance, and keep a beat on anything near at hand! Several times during the year, they work on mastering songs and dances to present to an audience—the annual Lower School Holiday Show and May Day give all students an opportunity to experience performing in a formal, polished manner.

Middle School

The Middle School music curriculum aims to develop musical and creative ability in each student through the study of guitar, piano, and percussion instruments as well as cultural and current vocal music studies. Music literacy is attained with the help of online music education applications (apps) that help students master note and pitch identification. Middle Schoolers are immersed in an environment that supports an appreciation of musical compositions through performances at Grandparents' Day, the Holiday Show, and with the vocal and instrumental ensembles. The audition process and participation in the yearly fall play and spring musical are additional learning vocal, dramatic and instrumental learning experiences for our students.

An independent private school in
Montgomery County, Maryland
offering innovative preschool
through 8th grade programs.

Barnesville School

21830 Peach Tree Road
PO Box 404
Barnesville, MD 20838

p: 301.972.0341
f: 301.972.4076


We offer a vigorous academic program for students as well as engaging, hands-on learning experiences.


Our positive, supportive learning environment promotes imagination, exploration, personal growth, and achievement.

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