All students in Kindergarten through Grade 4 have a weekly music class. The focus at this level is on liturgical music and the students sing beautifully at the masses. Third and fourth grade students may join the choir, if interested.
In Kindergarten, students learn basic counting skills and how to keep a beat to music. They also learn to relate movement and action to songs as well as memorize easy songs and melodies. In first grade, they are introduced to reading basic notation of time values of notes (whole, half, quarter) as well as counting beats to a measure and playing simple rhythms with sticks. They enjoy singing songs of different occasions and holidays.
Second graders continue to learn note values and playing rhythms of the eighth and sixteenth values. They also learn note placement on the music staff as well as music markings -- dynamics, tempos, and meter. They enjoy singing songs of different occasions and holidays.
Third graders are introduced to the musical instrument families and learn to play a recorder in the second half of the school year. They learn songs on their records and perform for audiences.
Fourth graders learn to play percussion instruments with different rhythms. They are also introduced to playing the xylophones and keyboard pianos. An optional music lesson for band instruments is offered to interested students. Students are responsible for rental or purchase of their instrument as well as a monthly lesson fee.
The curriculum for fifth through eighth grade covers music history of Antiquity, Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque Music, Classical and Romantic Periods, Music of the 20th Century including the composers and different styles, as well as American Music from the 1900's to present. The elements of music and definitions including melody, rhythm, genres, dynamics, tempos are learned. Students review and continue to learn about note values and staff placement including treble and bass clefs. As a culmination of their musical learning, eighth grade students create a song with lyrics, melody, rhythms, harmonies, and chord progressions.
Students are also offered an opportunity to join the middle school choir. They sing at the school masses and at the spring concert.
In addition to choir, students may elect to participate in the instrumental music program complete with weekly lessons. A concert is held annually for the school community to enjoy.