Brooklyn private independent school

Performing Arts

Instrumental Music

Music is an invaluable part of life not only for the joy and pleasure it brings, but also for the ways in which it enables us to understand the human experience. As Nietzsche said, “Without music, life itself would be impossible.”

The instrumental music program at Berkeley Carroll is a core element of the middle school experience; every student learns to play at least one musical instrument. They study a wide range of musical styles and genres -- everything from the classical and standard repertoire to contemporary music.   Learning a musical instrument not only teaches students a new skill, but also builds community through creative expression.


The Middle School theater program provides students with a strong introduction to theater arts and technology to support and inspire their development as artists.


The Middle School offers dance classes for 7th and 8th graders who study a wide range of dance and choreography styles, while also learning how to choreograph from professionals in the field. Students have opportunities to perform for audiences throughout the year, including at the annual Spring Dance Concerts.


Choir classes for 7th and 8th graders cover on a variety of musical choral styles, specifically selected to  develop and expand students' musical knowledge while also extending their range and ability to express themselves through performance.


7th and 8th graders who take middle school debate classes learn skills and develop proficiency for different styles of debate including SPAR, Student Congress, Public Forum and Parliamentary debate. Optional weekend tournaments provide platforms for students to practice skills learned in class. 5th and 6th graders who participate in the 5th and 6th grade Debate Exploration class may join 7th and 8th graders on the Debate team.