Early Childhood and Lower School students receive weekly lessons in music education in the hands of a certified music teacher. Classroom instruction centers on the Orff-Schulwerk approach, a method that combines the elements of music in such a way that children are active participants in their own musical education and personal growth. Speech, singing, instrument playing, music theory, multicultural music, and improvisation are all integral components of the ECS music experience. Classes also incorporate movement activities and opportunities for self-expression.

Speech and singing are the first elements used in presenting musical concepts in the Orff classrooms. Rhymes, word games, riddles, proverbs, and poems from a child’s heritage offer unlimited possibilities for musical exploration. The voice is the child’s first instrument, and PA seeks to put it to use seeking songs that have lifelong value.
As students move into Middle School, they focus more on choral singing, basic music theory, and performance skills. Students learn the beginning techniques of singing, including breathing and vocal tone, placement, and production. They study music history and develop music reading skills. Students perform at the end of each quarter.
Middle School students in sixth grade or above also have the opportunity to participate in band. Students will learn basic music theory, as well as music reading and fundamentals of playing an instrument of choice. They will expand upon these basics and learn to perform music from different stylistic periods. Students compete regionally in solo and ensemble competitions and have opportunities to perform for school events and in school concerts throughout the year.

From musical theory and history to performance in a jazz ensemble or the PA Sounds a cappella group, Upper School students are offered a full range of courses and activities to inspire musical interest and expand upon knowledge and skills. Opportunities abound for Upper School students wishing to hone their musical talents. Students aspiring to develop their gift of voice may participate in one of PA’s many choral groups, while those more interested in expression via musical instrument may enroll in band. Whether involved in vocal or instrumental music, students learn to explore their own creativity and appreciate the talents of others.

The PA Band

The Pulaski Academy band program consists of four performing groups: Beginning Band, Middle School Band, Jazz Band, and Upper School Band.
Beginning Band students embark upon their musical journey from the most basic stage of instruction. They learn music reading skills and fundamental techniques on an instrument of their choosing. They perform at two concerts per year and participate in solo and ensemble competitions.

The Middle School Band builds upon skills acquired in Beginning Band and serves as a bridge to prepare students for the rigors of Upper School Band. Students participate in more public performances and individual competitive events as a part of this group.
The Jazz Band is an auditioned ensemble that performs various styles, including swing, shuffle, funk, rock, ballad, bossa, salsa, latin rock, and pop. While this is considered an Upper School group, exceptional students may enter the jazz band as early as 7th grade.
The Upper School Band serves as the musical ambassador for PA. The band performs at a variety of venues outside of the school, including concerts, athletic events, and group and individual competitions. The Upper School Band student should possess a high level of commitment and musical skill at this level.

Choral Program

PA’s choral program boasts a long tradition of excellence and provides a wealth of opportunities for students to express themselves vocally, whether in an auditioned or non-auditioned ensemble of singers. Opportunities include:
  • PA Sounds, an auditioned ensemble of eighteen members that performs a variety of a cappella choral music
  • Bella Voce, an auditioned, female ensemble that performs a cappella works
  • Concert Choir, a non-auditioned choir for 10th - 12th grade students
  • Harmony Boys, a non-auditioned, Middle School boys’ choir
  • Harmony Girls, a non-auditioned, Middle School girls’ choir
School performances include a holiday concert and a spring concert, while choral groups also traditionally perform at graduation and other special ceremonies and school events. Students may also audition to be a part of the spring musical in conjunction with the PA drama department.

Music Faculty

List of 3 members.

  • Annie Hendry 

    ECS/LS Music Teacher
    East Carolina Uniersity - M.A.
    University of Memphis - B.A.
  • Katie Dudley 

    MS and US Choral Director
    (501) 255-0026
    University of Central Arkansas - B.M.E.
    Belmont University - M.Mus.
  • Layne Martens 

    Director of Bands, MS and US
    (501) 604-1928
    B.Ed. - Music Education