BAA Student Bass PlayerThe Music Program consists of two focus fields, instrumental music and vocal music, with concentrations in: Classical Performance, Jazz and Contemporary Performance, and Music Technology. The music curriculum prepares students with group learning, individual lessons, concert and performance experience as well as independent research and growth. Students will receive instruction in a variety of settings and in a variety of styles. The curriculum intends to adequately prepare students for further studies at postsecondary institutions.

The mission of the Boston Arts Academy Music Department is to foster artistic and personal growth, and to develop openness through understanding, discipline through performance and love of learning through study. Exploring a wide variety of musical experiences, we discover the connection between music and community and provide a foundation for achievement. As creative thinkers and active listeners, we develop a broader understanding of both the new and the familiar, and use music as a lens for viewing life and the world.


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Guest Artists and Master Classes

We are very privileged to have professional musicians from the Boston Community visit the school to perform, coach, teach, and speak with the students during the school year. To prepare for these occasions, students may be asked to prepare questions or musical selections in advance. Afterward, students will complete written reflections discussing what they gained from the experience and how it connects to their own work. Past visitors include Yo-Yo Ma, Ben Zander, Stefon Harris, Quincy Jones, Audra McDonald, Victor Wooten, Hugh Masekela, Marvin Hamlisch, Walter Beasley, Lin Biviano, Tan Dun, Regina Carter, Patrice Rushen, Mark O’Connor, Harry Pickens, Wynton Marsalis, and Lang Lang.

Program Offerings

  • Musicianship
  • Ensemble Playing/singing
  • Performance Practices
  • Intonation
  • Music Reading
  • Improvisation (where appropriate)

Technical Training

  • Music history, music theory (including rhythmic, harmonic, and melodic dictation), vocal technique, and keyboarding
  • Music and technology courses, with an emphasis on sound design and computer assisted composition
  • Juniors and Seniors have private instruction to hone their craft
  • Performance technique, performance practice, and repertory study
  • Participation for instrumentalists in a string quartet/quintet, brass woodwind quartet/quintet, jazz combination, percussion ensembles, and guitar ensembles, with at least one performance experience
  • Participation for vocalists in a Chamber Music Choir, Jazz Choir, BAAcapella, Madrigals, and Concert Chorus


For a more details on guidelines, requirements, and curriculum, see the ‘Music’ section of the 2018-2019 Handbook.