• The Walden School is one of America’s greatest hidden treasures.

    – Joan Tower, composer

Fun at a Walden Frolic

Musicianship is the cornerstone of The Walden School’s academic program. Walden’s organic approach leads students to discover new materials and concepts for themselves. Following discovery, they are given thorough aural, keyboard and written drill work in each area of study. Finally, they are encouraged to apply the materials to an improvisation or a composition.

Musicianship begins with a foundation in basic acoustics and proceeds through intervals, modes, and triads, to functional harmony, advanced/extended harmonic language, jazz musicianship, and analysis, among other topics.