Preparing Boys for Life

Middle School boys learn wide range of musical pieces on new guitars

A part of the Middle School music curriculum for several years, all Form I and Form II boys are learning to play guitar this school year. Form II students are taking lessons this fall, and Form I boys will be learning about the instrument in the spring. Boys have music class three times a week.

“This is an exciting time for the boys, as they didn’t have much opportunity to learn a new instrument last year due to the pandemic. The guitar lessons provide a much-needed mental break for the day and allows the boys to explore a new interest,” said Middle School music teacher John Stroud. 

The boys will learn a lot this fall, with the type of music they will learn varying in genre and difficulty. By November, the boys’ repertoire will range from the melody for Ode to Joy by Beethoven, to favorites like Leaving on a Jet Plane by John Denver and Hey Jude by the Beatles.

Over the summer, Stroud secured more than 100 guitars, which allows every Form II student to have his own instrument for the fall term. The classes are largely held outdoors this fall, as the weather allows. Form I boys will then receive the guitars in the spring and will begin their lessons.