The Arts


To The Beat of Our Own Drum

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  • Bush Music Is ...

    • It’s building the intuition and skills to communicate through the language of music
    • It’s taking ownership of the process of creating music
    • It’s becoming an instrumentalist, vocalist, performer, and musical thinker
    • It’s finding strengths where you didn’t know they existed
    • It’s imagining, collaborating, problem-solving, and connecting
    • It’s discovering yourself as a musician
    • It’s “something in the way we teach” (think George Harrison)
    Learn more about the Bush performing arts program by contacting Performing Arts Chair Matt Swanson.

Leo Tolstoy

Music is the shorthand of emotion.

Program Overviews

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  • Lower School Music

    In Lower School Music, every student is empowered to discover and cultivate their own musicality. Through active music-making, students build a strong foundation as ensemble players, choral singers, composers, and performers, developing musical intuition and an appreciation of a wide range of musical styles and traditions. Classes utilize a fun, hands-on approach, incorporating movement, games, listening activities, and small-group projects.

    Contact Lower School Music Teacher Juliana Cantarelli Vita for more information.
  • Middle School Music

    Middle School music students experience, perform, respond to, and connect to music using their voice and musical instruments. Students build their music skills yearly through basic music theory, original composition, sight reading, digital audio workstation exploration, live improvisation, solo and group ensemble performances. 

    Contact Middle School Music Teacher Matt Swanson for more information.
  • Upper School Music

    Upper School Music students explore the theory and process of composing, arranging, orchestrating, recording, and producing original compositions. Emphasis is placed on the importance of building strong group dynamics and how these apply to both the creative process and performance. Students produce albums every year on Bush’s own recording label, Broken Records, and showcase their work twice a year in a culminating performance called The Venue, as well as on Bush School’s student-run radio station, 103.1 FM. In total, 1,245 original songs have been produced by Bush record label Broken Records. 

    Contact Upper School Music Teacher London Ashby for more information.
The Bush School is an independent, coeducational day school located in Seattle, WA enrolling 715 students in grades K–12. The mission of The Bush School is to spark in students of diverse backgrounds and talents a passion for learning, accomplishment, and contribution to their communities.

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