Canterbury believes music education greatly enhances students' understanding and achievement in non-musical subjects. From Lower School all the way through Middle and Upper School, students are surrounded by limitless opportunities to create, learn, and immerse themselves in music. 

Music Faculty

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Catherine Truesdale

    Catherine Truesdale 

    LS Music & Performing Arts Teacher
    (239) 333-3281 x221
  • Photo of R. Antonio Castillo

    R. Antonio Castillo 

    Arts Director
    (239) 481-4313 x727
  • Zachary Deeter 

    MS & US Music Teacher

Our Curriculum

List of 7 items.

  • Lower School

    Musical performances and regularly scheduled classes for all students PK3- Grade 5.

    Monthly community sing-a-longs and assemblies PK4-Grade 4. Additionally, PK4/K students have an annual performance and luncheon for Mother's Day. Students may also participate in Cub Choir, a vocal group open to students in grades two through four.
  • Music Ensemble 5 & 6

    In fifth and sixth grade music students will explore the fundamentals of instrumental music performance. During class they will get an opportunity to play on a variety of instruments including woodwind, brass, guitar, bass, and percussion. Eventually they will choose an instrument of concentration for the quarter and begin learning how to read notes and rhythms. The semester culminates with a performance in front of a live audience. In addition, students will spend time learning the basics of recording a piece of music.
  • Music Ensemble 7

    In seventh grade, music students will begin or continue to develop the instrument they've chosen, as well as explore options for expanding their instrument repertoire. There will be more concentration on fundamentals of tone production, rhythmic awareness, sense of pitch, reading notes and rhythms throughout the year. All students will have the option to participate in the pep-band first semester and perform at varsity football games. There will be performances each semester for students to showcase their work in front of an audience. At the end of each semester, the seventh grade ensemble will also get an opportunity to work in a recording studio environment.
  • Music Ensemble 8

    Eighth grade music students will continue to develop their proficiency on one or more instruments of their choosing. The class will concentrate on refining fundamentals such as pitch, rhythm, reading notation, and playing music using chord symbols. Students will also begin to explore the art of improvisation in blues and rock styles. All members of the ensemble will have the opportunity to perform with the pep-band at varsity football games during the fall semester. In addition, there will be semester concerts for students to showcase their work. At the conclusion of each semester the class will work with digital recording studio programs and equipment to make a multi-track recording of some of the pieces they performed over the semester.
  • World Music 7

    Semester World Music is a hands-on, performance-based class exploring the traditions and techniques of drumming from cultures around the world. No previous musical experience is necessary. Most of the material will be taught through the aural tradition, customary in other cultures. All instruments and materials will be provided.
  • Advanced Instrumental Music Ensemble (9-12)

    At Canterbury, the emphasis in Advanced Music Ensemble is on the individual musician and how he or she works within an ensemble of any size. We do this through: Small Ensemble Chamber Concerts & Larger Ensemble Performances – At least two major events a year featuring small student directed/arranged performance groups and two large concerts showcasing our larger and smaller ensembles. Arts Conservatory Music Recitals – Recitals by ACP Music students are given featuring pieces of music that are chosen, arranged, and directed by students. These recitals are performed in front of their peers and faculty. Small extra-curricular ensembles that concentrate on specific styles or instrumentation. Examples might include: Jazz Chamber Collective – Rock bands, R & B combos, Contemporary Jazz/Orchestral Chamber Music; Woodwind Quintet; A Capella Voices; Music of the 1920’s; String Ensemble, Honors Jazz Combo, Basketball & Football Pep-Bands. Inclusion of ANY instrument into our main performance groups. Our student ensembles can contain everything from strings, woodwinds, electric guitars, steel drums, etc. ALL of our music is custom arranged for each individual student by the directors. This enables our directors to target the performer’s individual strengths or challenge the individual in new ways. Every year the music department will present a large concert in the spring, concentrating on the music of a specific culture or region of the world.
  • Musical Theatre Movement and Voice (9-12)

    During the first semester, this course will focus on musical theatre choreography and vocal technique, including small and large group musical theatre dance and vocal performance for district and state Thespian competitions. During second semester, this course will be an excellent primer for learning the songs and dances for the spring musical. Prerequisite: Students MUST ALSO be enrolled in Theatre 1, 2, 3 or 4 for the year.