A graduation requirement and unique component of the high school curriculum, music history serves as a fusion of inquiry into musical forms and cultural identity. Music history is offered each semester and on campus each summer. Students may also choose to take a combined art and music history course during the summer term. This unique opportunity allows students to tour 3 European cities, attending concerts and visiting museums. One of the only courses of its kind at the high school level, this immersive experience gives students a mature understanding of both disciplines. Music history specifically covers a period of approximately 2500 years, from Pythagoras (c. 570-495 BC) to the birth of hip hop culture and rap in the 1970s. Students compare American musical styles such as the blues, minstrelsy, ragtime, jazz, and pop while reflecting on their own musical interests. Through a diverse array of composers and performers, students develop an understanding of music’s powerful relationship with spirituality, philosophy, and cultural identity.