Programs
Music & Theatre

Music

Grier realizes the benefits of music education and offers extensive opportunities for all students to participate. Students can enroll in music courses, take private lessons, and join performing ensembles. Music instructors at Grier are high quality instructors with professional experience.

Additionally, the Music department faculty arranges for enriching opportunities for student musicians, including:
  • Guest performances by local, regional, and national musicians
  • Workshops
  • Participation in regional competitions
  • Trips to Penn State University and New York City to attend concerts and Broadway musicals
  • Participation (by invitation) in the Juniata College Orchestra and the Central Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra

Ensembles & Lessons

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  • Ensembles

    Our ensembles perform both on and off campus in concerts and musical theater productions throughout the year. Enrichment activities include guest performances, workshops, and field trips to concerts and musicals in New York City and nearby Penn State University and Juniata College.

    Students may participate in the following performing ensembles at Grier School:

    Concert Choir

    Directed by Ginger Reinhardt

    Select Singers
    Directed by Ginger Reinhardt

    Junior Select Singers
    Directed by Julie Hanlon

    Orchestra
    Directed by Barbara Neumuller

    String Orchestra
    Directed by Barbara Neumuller

    Jazz Ensemble
    Directed by Barbara Neumuller

    Rock Band
    Directed by Barbara Neumuller and Julie Hanlon
    Students audition for this ensemble.

    Flute Ensemble
    Directed by Agatha Wang

    Ensemble musicians may bring their own instruments to Grier or borrow instruments for no additional cost.
  • Private Lessons

    Our four full-time and nine part-time instructors currently offer private lessons on all levels in voice, piano, flute, rock guitar, classical guitar, electric bass, violin, viola, cello, clarinet, saxophone, and drums. Theory and composition are also offered as private lessons. Students participating in private studies are encouraged to perform in recitals and concerts and may combine with other interested students to create chamber music groups. Qualified students may elect to participate in regional piano and vocal competitions and perform with other local orchestras. There is an additional fee per semester for private lessons. Students may use available Music Department instruments for their lessons or rent instruments for a fee.
  • Music Events

    • Parents’ Weekend Concert
    • Winter Concert
    • Spring Concert
    • Rock Fest
    • Spring Musical
    • Graduation Concert
    • Bi-annual recitals

Courses

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  • AP Music Theory

    This intensive course is designed to develop musical skills that will lead to a thorough understanding of music composition and theory. Students will be required to read, notate, write, sing and listen to music to develop their aural, composition, analytical and performance skills. Upon completing the course, students will be prepared and are required to take the AP Music Theory Exam. Students going to college will be able to apply for credit or placement into advanced theory classes, depending on the individual colleges’ AP policies. This course is for students in grades 10-12 (9th grade with private music teacher recommendation). Prerequisites: Some prior knowledge of music theory is recommended though not required. Must have experience on an instrument or voice.
  • Beginning Piano Class I & II

    A class for any student who has never had piano before or wants a beginning refresher course. Small groups each have their own keyboard equipped with headphones which are removed for ensemble playing. There is some homework, but the majority of the work is done in class. A second semester class is offered for those who wish to continue.
  • Music Lessons Intensive

    This course is designed for the serious music student who wishes to focus on music as a possible career choice. Students will take three or more private music lessons per week.
  • Beginning Musical Theatre

    Students work with our vocal teacher in small groups to perform short scenes from Broadway musicals. Students will learn to develop characters through class activities and performing group and individual pieces. Students will be evaluated on written work, performances and class participation. This class is scheduled after school two days per week. Prerequisites: All students must audition.
  • Intermediate Musical Theatre

    Students will study musical theatre genres and styles through reading, lectures and performing. Topics included in the course will include (but are not limited to) musical theatre history, audition preparation, and rehearsal strategies. Students will perform studied pieces individually and in ensembles. Students will be evaluated on written work, performances and class participation. This class is scheduled after school two days per week. Prerequisites: All students must audition. Necessary skills include tap, jazz, voice lessons, and the ability to match pitch and sing harmonies.
  • Recording Technology

    In this class, students in grades 10-12 become familiar with digital recording equipment and editing software. Students learn the differences among a wide variety of microphones and how to position them when recording various instruments in order to achieve a high quality recording.

    Sound editing is done on AVID’s ProTools software using AVID control surfaces. Students begin by learning basic editing techniques using simple voice recordings, then progress to editing pieces of music with enough precision to make the edits virtually inaudible. Music editing advances to the point where mistakes that were recorded during actual live performances are corrected and enhanced to yield a recording that sounds perfect.

    Mixing multitrack recordings is also covered in this class. This deals with positioning instruments and/or voices in appropriate places along the “sound horizon”, adjusting audio levels to achieve a good blend of sounds and applying extra enhancements (EQ, compression and reverb) to the recordings.

    The class also gains extensive real world experience in setting up microphones, running audio cables and programming an audio console for the various large-scale live performances that take place at the school. There are at least three such events each semester.

Faculty

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  • Barbara Neumuller 

    Director of Instrumental Music
    Bio
  • Ginger Reinhardt 

    Director of Vocal Music
    Bio
  • Mick Dennis 

    Music Teacher
    Bio
  • Gregory Folsom 

    Music Teacher
    Bio
  • Paul Kim 

    Music Teacher
    Bio
  • Mark Minnich 

    Music Teacher
    Bio
  • Julia  Natoli 

    Music Teacher
    Bio
  • Donald Neumuller 

    Art and Music Teacher
    Bio
  • Jane Pilch 

    Music Teacher
  • Cathy Scafidi 

    Music Teacher
    Bio
  • Carolyn Sepp 

    Music Teacher
  • Jordan Thompson 

    Music Teacher
    Bio
  • Agatha Wang 

    Music Teacher
    Bio
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