The Trevor music program fuels passions, connects community, and complements and strengthens students’ academic pursuits. An appreciation for music is integral to the growth and development of our students and plays an important role in every school day. In fact, Trevor believes that positive musical experiences can enhance intellectual understanding.

In the Lower School, students participate in a wide range of activities related to music—including singing, ear-training games, and playing rhythm and pitched instruments. The curriculum also includes drama games, creative movement, and folk dancing. Recorder study begins in grade 3, and by grades 4 and 5, students are learning how to read rhythmic and melodic notation.

As students advance to Middle and Upper School, the sophistication of content and rigor of instruction progresses. Students have the opportunity to learn a wind, string, or percussion instrument, and advanced vocal techniques are taught. Students begin to specialize in elective choral and instrumental music ensembles and showcase their talents in two major performances per year. The Upper School program offers both open-admission ensembles and higher-level, auditioned groups in instrumental and in choral music. Throughout the year, there are numerous assembly-based and off-campus performances.

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. What music will my child experience in the Lower School?

    • Music fundamentals, movement, vocal and instrumental training comprise a comprehensive general music curriculum; based on the music education methods of Orff, Kodály, Dalcroze and Gordon (Pre-K through Grade 5)
    • Recorder (Grades 3 and 4)
    • Drum Group (Elective, Grades 4-5)
    • Chorus (for all in Grades 4-5)
    • Choose a band instrument: flute, clarinet, or trumpet (Grade 5)
    • Band (Grade 5)
    • Mini-Term Musical (Grades 4-5)
    • Private lessons available through the Music Conservatory
  • Q. What music will my child experience in Middle School?

    • 6th Grade Band/Chorus (All 6th Graders Sing or Play in an Ensemble)
    • 7th Grade Band/Chorus
    • 8th Grade Band/Chorus
    • Lab Band (Advanced, Grades 6-8)
    • Troubadettes (Girls Vocal Ensemble, Grades 7-8)
    • Troubadudes (Boys Vocal Ensemble, Grades 7-8)
    • Composers Workshop (Mini-Term, Grades 6-8)
    • Middle School Musical (Mini-Term, Grades 6-8)
    • Private lessons available through the Music Conservatory
  • Q. What music will my child experience in Upper School?

    • Concert Band (Grades 9-10)
    • Jazz Ensemble (Grades 11-12)
    • Big Band (Grades 9-12)
    • Trevor Clefs (Advanced, Grades 9-12)
    • Treble Chorus (Girls, Grades 9-12)
    • Troubadours (Boys, Grades 9-12)
    • Concert Choir (All Singers, Grades 9-12)
    • Trevor A Cappella (Advanced Chamber Choir, Grades 9-12)
    • Barbershop Quartets (Advanced, 2 Girls/2 Boys Quartets, Grades 9-12)
    • Music Theory (Advanced, Grades 11-12)
    • Composers Workshop (Independent Study)
    • Upper School Musical
    • Private lessons available through the Music Conservatory
  • Q. What travel and performance opportunities are available to my child in High School?

    In the 2013-2014 academic year, music ensemble performances included the following:

    • Jazz at Lincoln Center (New York, NY) Middle and High School Bands attended an educational concert featuring Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
    • February 7-8, 2014:  Berklee High School Jazz Festival (Boston, MA) As is their longstanding tradition, the Trevor Clefs performed and were adjudicated at this renowned festival, and had the opportunity to hear and interact with nearly 200 high school jazz ensembles.
    • March 6-8, 2014:  Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses National Seminar (Rutgers University) The Troubadours were invited to appear at this prestigious conference, alongside such groups as the Harvard Glee Club, Morehouse Glee Club, Rutgers Glee Club, University of Michigan Glee Club, University of Virginia Glee Club, the Washington Men’s Camerata and the Army Chorus, along with a select few high school men’s choruses from around the country.
    • March 14-16, 2014: Barbershop Harmony Society Mid-Atlantic District Competition (Reston, VA) Trevor’s Barbershop Quartets have participated in the Mid-Atlantic Youth Adjudication most years since 2002.
    • May, 2014:  Voices of Ascension Rehearsal and Concert (New York, NY) Trevor A Cappella was invited to attend a rehearsal and performance of one of the world’s finest professional choruses, led by Maestro Dennis Keene.
    • July 14-21, 2014:  Normandy Festival (Rouen and Paris, France) Trevor’s High School Choruses were invited to sing the Fauré Requiem and the world premiere of a newly commissioned work in performances commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Normandy invasion, as part of a Festival Chorus of 200 American and European singers.  Requiem was performed with the London International Orchestra of Academia and professional soloists  (led by internationally acclaimed conductor Eric Knapp) in the gothic splendor of Notre Dame Cathedral in Rouen and at L'Eglisede laMadeleine in Paris, where Gabriel Fauré was the organist and where his Requiem was premiered in 1888.  In addition to a meaningful musical experience, Trevor students were afforded a guided exploration of the extraordinary history, culture and cuisine of the region.

Enjoy the Music of Trevor!

Upper School Staff

List of 4 members.

  • Photo of John Liepold

    John Liepold 

    Upper School, Music Teacher and Advisor, Music Department Chair
  • Photo of Timothy Otto

    Timothy Otto 

    Middle & Upper School, Music Teacher and Advisor
    (212) 426-2554
  • Photo of Nathan Birkey

    Nathan Birkey 

    Grades 6-8, Music Teacher and Advisor
    (212) 426-3369
  • Photo of Meg Myette

    Meg Myette 

    Middle School, Chorus Teacher & Advisor

Lower School Staff

List of 2 members.

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  • Trevor Day School

  • Nursery - 5

  • 6 - 12

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  • New York, NY

  • 1 W 88th St - 212.426.3300

  • 312 E 95th St - 212.426.3360