Music

Making beautiful music together!

Our approach to music includes active involvement that incorporates speech, singing, movement and instrument playing in a creative environment. It develops the whole child with a balance of emotional and intellectual stimulation. Music activities include

singing, playing instruments, moving and dancing, games, and using poetry and rhymes to explore rhythm.

All Kindergarten through 8th Grade students have music two times per week. Preschool students have music once a week.

The music activities are based on the Orff Schulwerk approach that focuses on things children like to do such as singing, chanting rhymes, clapping, dancing, and keeping rhythm. These instincts are directed at learning music by hearing and making music first, then reading and writing music later. This is the same way we all learned our language.

Special Music Performances

  • Christmas Program: Preschool through 4th Grade students
  • Spring Program: 5th-8th Grade students

Curriculum

Please note: all curriculum is subject to the nine National Music Standards.

  1. Kindergarten
  2. Grade 1
  3. Grade 2
  4. Grade 3
  5. Grade 4
  6. Grade 5
  7. Grade 6
  8. Grade 7
  9. Grade 8
  • High vs. Low
  • Fast vs. Slow
  • Loud vs. Soft
  • Up vs. Down
  • Long vs. Short
  • Different voice types
  • Ta, ti-ti, rest
  • Four beat patterns
  • Sol-Mi singing
  • Jazz concepts and instruments
  • Form: AB
  • Be comfortable with previous concepts
  • Do-Mi-Sol-La singing, including notes on the staff
  • Half note and half rest
  • Identify the term "measure"
  • Create four beat measures
  • Identify dynamics, including: piano, forte, mezzo
  • Identify tempi, including: largo, moderato and allegro
  • Be familiar with elements of the Baroque Era
  • Know terms: composer/conductor
  • Be comfortable with previous concepts
  • Identify instruments and families
  • Identify instrument sounds and design
  • Be familiar with concepts of the Classical Era and opera
  • Identify basic treble clef notes
  • Whole rest, whole note
  • Know terms: double bar line, repeat sign, coda
  • Introduction, bar lines
  • Do-Mi-Sol-La-Re Singing
  • Be comfortable with previous concepts
  • Identify basic time signatures and their meaning
  • (2/4, 3/4 and 4/4)
  • Identify dotted notes (half, quarter, eighth)
  • Identify treble clef notes
  • Be familiar with multiple tempi
  • Be familiar with dynamics
  • (pianissimo through fortissimo)
  • Musical elements of third grade play
  • Basic elements of the Romantic Era
  • Be comfortable with previous concepts
  • Identify and use treble clef notes
  • Identify basic and complex time signatures
  • Identify bass clef notes
  • Identify musical symbols alone and in context
  • Be comfortable with entire solfege scale
  • Use above skills in playing the Soprano Recorder
  • Continued elements of the Romantic Era
  • Be comfortable with previous concepts
  • Identify composers and elements of 20th century Era
  • Identify the notes and structure of the grand staff
  • Begin learning basic sight singing skills
  • Sing in rounds and two part harmony
  • Develop skills for listening and analyzing music
  • Be comfortable with previous concepts
  • Sing entire solfege scale correctly - alone and in groups
  • Demonstrate basic sight singing skills
  • Understand musical, historical and cultural implications and concepts of Early Music and the Renaissance Era, especially the role music played in the early Church
  • Understand and use technology (Garageband) in composing
  • Understand the role of music in storytelling
  • Review structure and notes of the Grand Staff
  • Be comfortable with previous concepts
  • Correctly demonstrate sight singing skills
  • Understand the musical, historical and cultural implications and concepts of the Baroque and Classical Eras
  • Review musical instruments and families
  • Understand the importance of a universal musical system
  • Understand the the forms of choral music compositions
  • Be comfortable with previous concepts
  • Understand the musical, historical, and cultural implications and concepts of the Romantic and 20th Century Eras
  • Understand the rise of Nationalism and how music helps shape a nation’s identity
  • Discuss the importance of worship music in our Catholic Faith
  • Explore the relationship between music and art
  • Understand the form of musical compositions prevalent in the Romantic Era and beyond
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