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Lower School Music Conservatory

Music in the San Domenico Lower School


Music plays an integral role at San Domenico. Here, music education and appreciation begins in Kindergarten with general music twice weekly with Dr. Joanna Berg. Students begin using their voices, rhythm instruments, and movement to develop their musical sense, and they being to learn note reading to develop their musical literacy. These general music classes continue through Third Grade.

In Third Grade, students have an additional Instrumental Music class as part of the school day, where they learn either violin, cello, or flute.

Fourth and Fifth Grade students choose their musical path between chorus, violin, viola, cello, flute, clarinet, or saxophone. All students perform in our December holiday performance and spring “Arts in Action” concert.


Students may also opt to enroll in additional opportunities that broaden their musical education.

  • First and Second Grade students can enroll in our free after school introductory violin and recorder classes, which meet twice a week. The Level I class offers students the chance to explore both instruments, and the Level II class continues to focus on one instrument of their choice. The students in these classes participate in three recitals throughout the year.
  • Second and Third Grade students may enroll in the Prep Glee Club, taught by Dr. Berg. This group performs in both School recitals and off-campus concerts.
  • Fourth and Fifth Grade students can enroll in the Glee Club, also taught by Dr. Berg. The Glee Club performs in both School recitals and off-campus concerts.

The grade-specific Instrumental Music classes are primarily technique classes. Lower School students also taking private lessons (at San Domenico or elsewhere) can join the Lower School Orchestra (LSO) or Wildcat Band, ensembles that perform at events such as recitals and Arts in Action. The LSO performs alongside the Virtuoso Program (our Upper School pre-professional strings program) orchestra at the year-end orchestra concert. The Panther Band also takes the stage at our annual Day on the Green.

In addition to regularly held music classes, the Music Conservatory offers a wide array of options for Lower School students including strings, piano, and woodwinds. Whether a student is just beginning an instrument, or is at an advanced level, the Music Conservatory faculty works with parents to place the student in lessons and ensembles that serve the student's musical needs. Conservatory students participate in recitals throughout the school year.

Families interested in our programs are always welcome to visit the Conservatory where we are happy to give tours and answer any questions you may have about private or group instruction, elective course offerings, after school classes, and performance schedules.


Dr. Joanna Berg
K-5 Music; 2nd and 3rd Prep Glee Club; 4th and 5th Glee Club; Bell Choir

Joanna (Dr. Berg) joins us as a Lower School faculty member this year after working as a substitute teacher for violin classes last year at SD. Joanna is a professional flutist, violist, violinist and vocalist. She earned her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Texas at Austin in 2008 and 2011 respectively. More recently she was a flute instructor at McCallum Fine Arts Academy in TX where she taught group and 1:1 lessons and a faculty member of Anthropos Arts where she provided individualized music instruction to students at low income schools. Joanna has coached chamber music groups and has been a guest lecturer at several institutions including the University of Montana. Over this past summer, Joanna was trained in Responsive Classroom.

Joanna grew up in Ashland, OR. She is thrilled to be working at San Domenico in our music department and in our lower school. Joanna’s main classroom and her office will be in our Assembly Hall. She will also occasionally be meeting with K-5 students in their homeroom classrooms for music instruction.


The Music Conservatory instructors are professionally trained musicians who are eager to pass on their extensive knowledge and passion for music.

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