The Middle and Upper School Music Program

The Middle School Music Program provides vocal and general music instruction to every student in the 6th grade through the entire academic year. Students in the Seventh and Eighth Grades are able to pursue this study further in the 7th & 8th Grade Choir Elective that is available each semester. Performances are near the end of each semester and at school events throughout the year. Middle School students have been selected for the Missouri All-State Middle School Honor Choirs, participate in the Kansas City Metro Honors Orchestra, and consistently earn high marks at the Kansas City Metro Instrumental Solo Festival each May.

In addition to learning how to use their voice as they are transitioning through early adolescence, they develop their music literacy and aural skills through rehearsal, drills, games and increased part-singing. Their music instruction compliments the Middle School emphasis on global studies as they learn music of other languages, cultures and the Barstow Community at-large. They develop their critical thinking and assessment skills by learning how to make aesthetic choices and effective communication through a performance medium. This carries through to their daily life as they become aware of affect and influence that the arts have on their lives through popular and historic cultures.

All students are able to participate in the Middle School Musical which rehearses after-school from the end of October through the performances near the end of January. Private music lessons are available on-site that is provided by Music/Arts Institute and the Heartland Music Academy. Lessons are available for all Stringed instruments, piano, voice, guitar, percussion, woodwind and brass. For more information, email

The Upper School Music Program offers class instruction through choir, strings, general ensemble, music theory and music history. Students that continue their study after one year in the Barstow Singers have an opportunity to earn Honors Credit in Barstow Singers and Chamber Singers. AP Music Theory is also offered as a year long class. 

Performances are near the end of the semester and at various programs and ceremonies in the Barstow Community. The music department participates in the Amaki School visit, Veteran's Day Ceremony, Thanksgiving Assembly, Tree Day, Baccalaureate as well as singing the National Anthem at several athletic competitions during the year.

Barstow students have been selected to perform in numerous honor ensembles in local, state and national levels: the Kansas City All-Metro District Choir & Orchestra, the Missouri All-State Choir & Orchestra, State Honor Choirs for the Missouri Choral Director's Association, and Honor Choirs for the Southwestern Division of the American Choral Director's Association conferences held in Denver, Dallas, and Little Rock. This year we have a violin student has been selected for the National High School Honors Orchestra through the National Association for Music Educators which will be held in Nashville TN. Students consistently earned high marks at the MSHSAA District and State Music Festivals each Spring in the solos and small ensemble entries.

All Upper School students are able to participate in the all-school musical that is performed each October. Previous shows include, The Drowsy Chaperone, Curtains, Rent: The School Edition, Guys and Dolls, Godspell, and last year's production of Into the Woods.

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Middle and Upper School Winter Concert

List of 5 members.

  • Julie Byrne 

    LS PS, PreK, K Music, PreK Creative Movement, Guitar Grades 3-5, Grade Level Lead Teacher Specials
    (816) 277-0381
    University of Missouri - Kansas City - M.M.E.
  • Bruce  Dickerson 

    MS & US Music
    (816) 277-0332
    University of Illinois - Urbana/Champaign - M.S.E.
  • Robert Kohler Jr. 

    The Barstow School
    LS, MS & US Director of Theatre
    (816) 277-0430
    Creighton University - B.A.
    Southern Oregon University - Master of Theatre Studies
  • Kristi Mitchell 

    The Barstow School
    LS Music Grades 1-5
    (816) 277-0330
    Kansas State University - B.M.E.
    Univeristy of Missouri - Kansas City - M.M.E.
  • Diane Mohr 

    University of Missouri - St. Louis - B.M.
    University of Missouri - Kansas City - M.M.

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