Welcome to the Barnstable High School music department. The primary goal and focus of the BHS music department is to develop life-long skills necessary to become active and informed advocates for the arts. Instrumental and choral classes are geared for the development of the student’s individual and ensemble skills through the rehearsal and performance of appropriate musical literature. Likewise, our music electives offer students the opportunity to enhance their musical knowledge and listening skills.All music classes are open to students with a variety of musical backgrounds and skill sets. Incoming 8th graders and 9th graders who play an instrument or sing are strongly encouraged to participate in one of the large performing ensemble classes. These ensembles are Concert Band, Orchestra, and Concert Chorus. Students must be in one of these three performing ensembles in order to participate in a corresponding after school ensemble. This requirement ensures that students seeking participation in after school ensembles are receiving the necessary instruction to succeed. There are no fees for any music class at the high school. Students are able to take any music class and still participate fully in athletics, clubs or other activities.Please check back to see updates to our website as we continue to upload new content. We look forward to making music and important part of your child’s learning experience at the Barnstable High School!