The PVPA music department takes a contemporary approach to music education, in order to empower students to take the art of music into their own lives. The music curriculum focuses on 3 major pillars of the music art form: instrumental and vocal performance techniques, cultural and historical understanding, and theoretical comprehension. Classes are structured to be accessible to students of all levels of musical ability. Students who engage in the music department will be shown multiple pathways to increase their musical growth, whether they wish to practice music as a hobby, or as a career.
Music department students have numerous performance opportunities throughout the school year. From bi-monthly open mic performances, to major department showcases at the Northampton Academy of Music, music students are continually called upon to share their talents at school events. Students who wish to push their musical abilities to a higher level can audition for our premier performing ensembles, and travel outside of PVPA to compete and perform at festivals and competitions. Our students have performed at the Berklee High School Jazz Festival, UMass High School Jazz Festival, Northampton Jazz Festival, Silver Chord Bowl, and NAfME All-District and All-state festivals, to name a few. The PVPA music department welcomes all students who wish to bring a stronger understanding of music into their educational experience.