In fifth and sixth grade, students are introduced to vocal music as a way to build self-confidence and work with their peers to achieve a common goal. They learn a variety of musical skills, including reading music, developing their vocal capacity, and familiarizing themselves with the tools needed in order to perform in front of an audience.
Seventh and eighth grade students have the opportunity to pursue vocal music in two different capacities. The OnStage class teaches basic singing and acting skills, with a focus on repertoire that includes musical theater, jazz, classical music, and multicultural music. Students in seventh and eighth grade are also given the ability to audition for McDonogh Singers, an advanced performance group that works on challenging material and performs at venues throughout the East Coast.