Making music the Mid-Pen Way gives you two life-long skills.
The first is to be able to make music with the people you encounter after leaving Mid-Pen. Whether playing in a dorm-room jam session or with a gigging band, you'll be able to make important human connections. The second is to have a large enough block of musical vocabulary and material to sculpt your own personal style.
Combined, these two skills help our music students feel confident that they can pick up and play with others when the opportunity presents itself. It also provides an outlet for self-expression—the ability to make something that is uniquely yours, that articulates your identity, and gives value to those things that make us essentially human.
The Mid-Pen music program serves more than 30 students each year, who perform in at least four different ensembles. A handful of students who are so energized by their success in music that they confidently take on every other challenge they encounter, no matter how daunting or formidable.
Mid-Pen's music ensembles released their album, "Daydreams", in the spring of 2021. After nearly a year of playing apart, our student musicians were finally able to play together in person—socially distanced and masked. The album, which includes covers of songs by KT Tunstall, Fleetwood Mac, and Taylor Swift, is the sweetest sound of summer by our talented Dragons.
Released in December 2019, "This is the Day" contains seven cover songs that were selected, performed, recorded, and produced by the Mid-Pen's music ensembles under the direction of music instructor Jameson Swanagon. The album cover and artwork that come with the download were also created by students.
Songs covered include "Always Remember Us" by Lada Gaga and classics like "London Calling" by The Clash and "Little Lies" by Fleetwood Mac.
Watch: The Mid-Pen Senior Ensemble
Music Under Quarantine
When Mid-Pen closed its campus and moved to distance learning in Spring 2020, students lost the in-person togetherness that was more than a daily class; it was a favorite part of their day.
To help his students push through the separation and grief of being apart, Music Teacher Jameson Swanagon had them experiment with a different type of creative process—one that challenged them to learn how to use recording technology as well as reflect on methods that worked, and those that didn’t.
Click here to listen to some of the creative work produced by working together alone.