North Cross School provides a solid foundation in instrumental music for students in the Lower School. Early elementary students begin with two group music lessons per week and learn to develop a sense of rhythm with their hands and feet. Students in first grade learn note reading and rhythm counting and perform in the holiday concert and "Welcome to Roanoke, Flat Stanley" Program. Second grade students gain exposure to musical cultures and perform in the holiday concert, and African Program with Marimbas and percussion. Students in third grade receive ukulele and recorder instruction. Fourth grade students can choose between beginning band and chorus instruction twice a week, which they'll continue in fifth grade three days per week. Sixth and Seventh grade students continue on in Concert Band or Concert Choir four days per week. Eighth through twelfth graders who wish to continue in chorus or band continue in either Chorale or Symphonic Band. Here, their skills as musicians develop further. Students are exposed to more music theory, performance and competition—not to mention more difficult arrangements.
Fourth and Fifth Grade
Sixth and Seventh Grade
Eighth through Twelfth Grade
Piano lessons may be offered independently at the school and arranged between the student and the instructors. There is an additional cost for piano lessons.
Director of Bands
Lower School Music
East Tennessee State University—B.S.
Band Room, Slack Hall
4254 Colonial Avenue
Roanoke, Virginia 24018
540-989-6641 • (540) 989-7299 (FAX)
HOURS: M-F; 8AM-4PM
North Cross School is an independent, coeducational, college-preparatory day school founded in 1944 and governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees.
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North Cross is accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools. North Cross School's Junior Kindergarten is accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools who is recognized by the Board of Education pursuant to §22.1-19 of the Code of Virginia authorizes the Virginia Council for Private Education to accredit private nursery, preschool, elementary and secondary schools in Virginia.
North Cross is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, National Association for College Admission Counseling, and Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling, The Cum Laude Society and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.