Music

A robust music program is a very important part of the RHP experience. Inspired by the creative spirits pillar, the program offers many opportunities for participation in varied musical genres. Many small-group options are available, providing high quality instruction in a way that brings out the best in students.Cheryl Graue, who trained at the University of Southern California and performs regularly in the community as a pianist, organist, vocalist and conductor, coordinates the music program and directs the chorus. She also team teaches the musical theater class with Ms. Choi. She enjoys refining the skills of students with previous musical experience, as well as encouraging those with no musical background.

Cheryl Graue, who trained at the University of Southern California and performs regularly in the community as a pianist, vocalist and conductor, heads the music program and directs the chorus. She enjoys refining the skills of students with previous musical experience, as well as encouraging those with no musical background.

Sammi Lee, who earned her Master's degree from California Institute of the Arts, is a highly respected musician and teacher in the Los Angeles area. Ms. Lee will be teaching 7th grade music, 9th grade music appreciation, upper school voice class and directing the concert bands program. In Ms. Lee's classes students will explore and analyze diverse musical genres and periods, have many exciting opportunities to perform for school events, and learn to reflect upon their imagination and creative thinking through projects and classroom interactions. Ms. Lee is extremely excited to bring in her innovative teaching approach to RHP and can't wait to begin working with the students.

Music classes form a key component of the arts curriculum. In middle school, all seventh graders take a music fundamentals class that explores key concepts through a variety of methods including singing and tone chimes. Theory, harmony and note reading are introduced while more advanced students improve their sight-reading skills. Students experience performing with a group, developing a sense of ensemble as well as confidence.Mike McLinden, a renowned bass player who is in high demand in Los Angeles and around the globe, directs the garage band program. Rehearsals are on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Membership is by audition with Mr. Mclinden. Prospective players should have at least one year experience on their instrument.

In upper school, all ninth graders take music appreciation where students develop critical thinking skills through exposure to some of the great masterpieces of musical literature. Voice I and II are electives where students learn the basics of healthy vocal technique through daily warm-ups and personalized instruction as they explore a variety of repertoire. Audition and performance techniques are taught in a non-threatening and supportive environment. This course is open to students with previous singing experience as well as those who consider themselves non-singers. Applied Music Lab, taught by Ms. Lee, is designed to enrich Upper Schooll students' musical performance experience by composing and arranging, with great emphasis on creativity, for various musical instrument combinations. Throughout this year-long course, the students will be introduced to and develop advanced musical skills such as music analysis, notation, orchestration, ear-training, and conducting. They will also learn to use the music notating program, Finale, and share, print, and publish their works. The students also enjoy independent study time for developing piano skills. 

Performance opportunities abound at RHP for musicians and performers of all types. Annual events showcasing student talent include International Day and Grandparents Day in the fall, two talent shows (or Coffee Houses), Winter Concert in January and a Spring Showcase. The spring musical provides an opportunity for students to participate in a high quality theatrical production. Open to all grade levels by audition, students enjoy the opportunity to perform in San Pedro's historic Warner Grand Theater.