Our Pre-K Music curriculum is designed to teach students about the elements of music, including rhythm, pitch, meter, tempo, instruments, etc. Students are given opportunities to foster their musical creativity through vocal performance, rhythmic and melodic composition, and movement while encouraging their classmates to do the same. Within each grade level, the students use various forms of practice to further develop their understanding of the elements of music. This curriculum follows the National General Music Standards provided by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the Music Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) provided by the Missouri Department for Elementary and Secondary Education.
Music Curriculum 5-8
Each grade level in middle school will be focusing on a different part of music history or music appreciation. Fifth grade is wrapping up the elements of music and a more in-depth look at music theory. Sixth grade is focusing on the lives and music of various composers in classical music. Seventh grade is learning about the different periods of classical music and how that relates to world history at the time. Eighth grade is looking at various genres and styles of music. Though each grade level is diving into a different topic, all will be using biographies, geography, world history, critical listening skills, and music analysis to discover more about each point of focus.
Our choir is an optional, after-school organization that is offered to grades 4-8. In this ensemble, students are continuing to further their knowledge of the elements of music and performance practice that have already been learned in the classroom This year the choir’s main focuses will be developing proper and healthy vocal technique, developing aural skills and sight-reading skills, and singing music in 2 or more parts. They will also explore the use of
creative self-expression while developing an appreciation for choral music, as well as expressing their faith and love of God through music. The choir performs at 10:00 Mass on every other Sunday, along with additional performances around the holidays.