Darien Music Department
Richard D. Sadlon, Director
Darien High School
80 High School Lane
Darien, CT 06820

203.655.3981, ext. 2250
203.655.3981, ext. 2329


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Welcome to the Darien Music Department!

Welcome to the website of the Darien Public Schools Music Department.  We have an exciting year of musical experiences planned for our students on all grade levels and look forward to sharing the accomplishments of our students with you at our scores of programs and public concerts presented throughout the year.   

The numerous benefits that a quality music education contributes to a child's total educational learning experience have been well documented in current research and the Music teachers in our district are dedicated to providing a comprehensive, sequential, standards-based curriculum of musical experiences and opportunities for all students in the Darien Public Schools.  Please feel free to communicate your questions or concerns regarding any aspect of our music program with us at any time. 

Richard D. Sadlon
Director of Music


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American Folk Music

During the 2012 -2013 school year, the Music Department of the Darien Public Schools will be engaged in curriculum-based projects that will focus on study of American Folk Music.

The teachers in the Darien Music Department will devote Professional Development time and resources to learning more about historical and cultural perspective, performance practices of well-known artists and will develop teaching strategies to deliver instruction and musical experiences to students that engage them in American Folk Music.

Our ultimate goal is that all of the students in the Darien Public Schools (K-12) will experience music associated with American Folk Music in meaningful musical activities that lead toward a deeper understanding of our culture and history.

Collaboration with the Darien Music for Youth Foundation continues to provide opportunities for live musical performances and arts enrichment in our schools. This project also offers opportunities that encourage interdisciplinary connections and create meaningful, life-long learning experiences for our students.

In the past, the Music Department curricular focus theme has addressed such topics as: Duke Ellington, Latin Music, Patriotic Music, George Gershwin, The Music of East Asia, the History of Rock Music and Bach to the Future: The Life and Music of J.S. Bach.