Founded in 1896 on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, The Calhoun School is a progressive co-educational, independent, college preparatory day school that serves students from 2 years 8 months through 12th grade. We inspire a passion for learning through a progressive approach to education that values intellectual pursuit, creativity, diversity and community involvement. Calhoun continues the rich tradition of progressive education and exemplifies what it means to be well educated through its approach to teaching and learning, as well as through a variety of public community initiatives.
Students can choose from a variety of music classes in strings, brass, wind instruments, chorus and chamber music as well as in percussion, keyboard, jazz improvisation and lyric writing. In fact, there are more than 20 music electives in the Upper School; in Middle School, in addition to chorus, instrumental (winds/brass) and strings, students can opt for classes like Electronic Music Lab or the newest offering, Introduction to Jazz Improvisation.