The performing arts play a significant role in the BCD experience. Beginning in our early grades, creativity is encouraged and nurtured in all classrooms – not just in music rooms. BCD students experience the delight, wonder, self-assurance, and creative thinking that comes with musical and performance accomplishment.
Music at BCD is diverse, offering opportunities for: singing, playing instruments, movement and dancing, performing, listening, developing musical literacy, learning about musicians, styles, and cultures, and more.
Preschool through 3rd grade students take weekly general music classes, in which they sing, move, play instruments and games, explore, and more. Some of the instruments include: percussion, drums, xylophones and glockenspiels, and recorders. All students perform on the BCD stage throughout the school year.
4th and 5th grade students at BCD participate in combined vocal and instrumental ensembles. These students choose either Bulldog Singers (choir) or Concert Band. Bulldog Singers welcomes a variety of singers from 4th and 5th grade; Concert Band offers students the opportunity to play flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, or percussion. Both the Bulldog Singers and Concert Band perform at BCD during the Fall, Winter/Holiday, and Spring Concerts. Additionally, these ensembles perform off campus for various events and outreach.
BCD middle school students can choose to participate in Spotlight Singers (choir) or Wind Ensemble (band). Students in these ensembles develop their musicianship through weekly rehearsals and performances, including the Fall Concert, Winter/Holiday Concert, Spring Concert, and BCD Commencement. These ensembles regularly participate in workshops, clinics, competitions, outreach performances, and more. Some highlights include: performing the national anthem at CU basketball games; performing at the Dairy Center, performing at Walt Disney World, performing at senior living centers, and more.
In addition to Spotlight Singes and Wind Ensembles, middle school students may select music Explore classes. All middle school students participate in Explore classes as part of their regular school day. Past music Explore classes have included: Guitar, Ukulele, History of Rock, Songwriting, and Rock Band.