Food for the Soul

Music education at Severn reaches beyond the bounds of performance and theory into the soul of what makes listening to and creating music such a meaningful experience. Our robust program has something for every ability and interest level, including schoolwide activities that bring our students together through song. More than learning about music, our students develop self-confidence, an understanding of different cultures, and an appreciation for working together.
Severn's Upper School A Capella group, Breakwater, performing from their homes during remote learning.
Our programs provide students with a wide range of opportunities to demonstrate their expanding musical interests and abilities. Our curriculum also promotes the understanding and appreciation of many different types of music by both performers and listeners.

Lower School Music

In the Lower School, rhythm, melody, dynamics, timbre, form, and style are all part of the curriculum. Students are exposed to elementary recognition of notes and rhythmic patterns. Combined with an assortment of vocal and instrumental music from around the world, musical knowledge is developed through listening, performing, and the reading and writing of music through singing, dancing, playing instruments, speech, movement, games, and drama. 
  • General Music (all grades)
  • Band and String Ensemble

Middle School Music

The Middle School music curriculum emphasizes the belief that the study of music develops the intellect, the personality, and the emotions. A genuine appreciation for music must be supported by an understanding of the active making of music (singing, playing, composing), by the skill of listening, and by a knowledge of a variety of musical forms and historical periods.
  • General Music (6,7,& 8)
  • Band 
  • Chorus

Upper School Music

The Upper School music curriculum allows students the chance to further explore the world of music from diverse historical, theoretical and performance perspectives. The department also offers students opportunities to take private instrumental and voice lessons and to join in various musical choruses and ensembles. Advanced topics in the history and appreciation of music, music theory, and the use and influence of technology help students to enhance their understanding of the art.
  • Instrumental Ensemble
  • Chamber Music Ensemble
  • Concert Choir
  • Vocal Ensemble
  • Fundamentals of Music Theory
  • Jam Band
  • Music Technology (I & II)
  • Recording Studio

Jay F. Meisenberg Recording Studio

Thanks to the generous support of our community, the Jay F. Meisenberg recording studio provides Severn students a creative space to explore their passions in music performance and production. With the help of Mr. Frank Donn, Upper School Director of Instrumental Ensembles and Music Technology teacher, students learn how to perform, record, edit and produce their own music in a state-of-the-art recording studio.

Applied Music Program

Students interested in studying a wind, brass, string, or percussion instrument, or voice may sign up for one lesson per week for the duration of the academic year for an additional fee. Both beginners and experienced musicians are welcome! Lessons are offered on campus Monday through Friday, from 2:45 – 6:00 p.m. Upper School students may also arrange for lessons during a free period.

Questions? Contact program administrator Mr. Frank Donn.

Meet our Teachers

List of 8 members.

  • Photo of Jennifer Campbell

    Mrs. Jennifer Campbell 

    LS Band Director
    410.647.7701 ext. 2069
    St. Mary's College of Maryland - BA
  • Photo of Franklin Donn

    Mr. Franklin Donn 

    Director, Inst. Ensembles; Director, Applied Music Lessons; US Music Club; Tri-M Advisor
    410.647.7701 ext. 2431
    Towson University - M.A.
    State University of New York at Fredonia - B.A.
  • Photo of Jeffrey Gaylord

    Mr. Jeffrey Gaylord 

    MS Band Director
    410.647.7701 ext. 2228
    Catholic University of America - Master's of Music
    University of Illinois - B.Music
  • Photo of Mary Gaylord

    Ms. Mary Gaylord 

    LS Music Teacher (K-5); Renaissance Musical Director
    410.647.7701 ext. 2022
    University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire - B.A.
  • Photo of Virginia Hildebrand

    Mrs. Virginia Hildebrand 

    Director, LS and MS String Ensembles
    410.647.7701 ext. 2235
  • Photo of Kirk McAuliffe

    Mr. Kirk McAuliffe 

    MS Music
    410.647.7701 ext. 2535
    Crane School of Music - M.M.
  • Photo of Rob Redei

    Mr. Rob Redei 

    Chair, US Arts, US Music; Tri-M Advisor; Music Club Advisor
    410.647.7701 ext. 2428
    University of South Florida - Master of Music
    University of Pennsylvania - Bachelor of Arts
  • Ms. Kaitlyn Peacock 

    LS Drama Director; LS Music Teacher (PS-PK)
    410.647.7701 ext. 2036
    Washington College - BA

Lower School

Preschool-Grade 5
Chesapeake Campus
1185 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd
Arnold, MD 21012

Middle/Upper School

Grade 6-12
Teel Campus
Severna Park, MD 21146