Involvement in music is thought to teach basic skills such as concentration, counting, listening, self-discipline and cooperation while also promoting understanding of language, improving the ability to recall information, fostering creativity, and creating an environment more conducive to learning in other areas.
There are many additional benefits training young children, as well as older children and teenagers, in music. Brain activity is increased which, in turn, strengthens spatial-temporal reasoning and skills in abstract reasoning (skills used in math and science). The brain learns to organize better and perform several tasks at the same time, by practicing the many facets involved in playing a musical instrument.
Our music faculty is master level Orff certified and holds trainings from Trinity University, Southern Methodist and the University of Memphis. St. Mary’s performing group, Encore!, uses the Orff instruments to showcase their talent and provide community awareness for the school.
A combination of drama and musical talent takes place at each grade-level with every class performing an annual production and the entire school performing just prior to the holidays the worship service, “Nine Lessons and Carols”.
Tell me, I forget
Show me, I remember
Involve me, I understand.
The many personal benefits achieved are confidence, self-esteem, and a sense of accomplishment. It shapes and molds the character with self-assurance and stability; and has the added bonus of public performance, which helps to conquer the fear of getting up in front of people. Furthermore, learning a musical instrument fosters good habits like focus, mental discipline, staying with a task until it is complete, and allows for the expression feelings.
MUSIC CURRICULUM OVERVIEW
EARLY CHILDHOOD (Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten)
Students in our early childhood program begin to express music through movement, participate in song and experience different rhythm and beats. As they mature through pre-kindergarten to 1st grade, they begin to integrate unit concepts through sound, identify sounds, explore musical for and engage in performance opportunities
ELEMENTARY DIVISION (Kindergarten - 4th Grade)
Kindergarten and First Grade
Students experience rhythm, pitch, basic music theory and notation, and a variety of music and movement activities using the Orff Schulwerk approach. They also learn about orchestral families, and composers and their music. In addition, first graders explore cultural music, take part in performances, and gain hands-on instrument experience.
Second-grade students experience rhythm, pitch, elements of basic music theory and notation, and a variety of singing and movement activities using the Orff Schulwerk approach. Students learn about orchestral families, study composers and their music, and explore cultural music. They also enjoy performance opportunities and han
Third-grade students experience rhythm, pitch, rhythm instruments, Orff instruments, elements of basic music theory, and a number of singing and movement activities using the Orff Schulwerk approach. They learn about orchestral families, cultural music, composers and their music. They also experience performance opportunities and have hands-on instrument experience. Third graders will be able to produce music with body, voice, and instruments, and read basic music notations. They are exposed to a wide variety of music and musical styles and also perform in front of others.
Fourth graders experience rhythm, pitch, basic elements of music theory, and a number of singing and movement activities using the Orff Schulwerk approach. They study orchestral families, identify composers and their music, explore cultural music, perform in front of others, and gain hands-on experience with instruments. In fourth grade, students learn to produce music with body, voice, and instruments, as well as to read basic music notations. Fourth graders are also exposed to a wide variety of music and musical styles from around the world. In addition, they participate in a musical theatre experience every other year.
Middle School (5th - 8th Grade)
Students in 5th - 8th grade grade experience many aspects of music theory and performance through activities using the Orff Schulwerk approack. They study composers and their music, cultural music, and have accelerated experience on the Orff instruments. They also learn how to play the recorder while building on music literacy. They are exposed to music from all over the world and have numerous performance opportunities
DRAMA IS INCORPORATED FOR ALL GRADE LEVELS through our fine arts program. Each class presents a performance during the year and all students participate annually in “Nine Lessons and Carols” just before Christmas. St. Mary’s early childhood divisions implement a fine arts program through a developmentally appropriate approach of the Great Masters in art and music.
Teachers weave in drama and fine arts throughout the year with field trips to area productions such as “Oklahoma”, “Junie B” and “Cat in the Hat” and presentation opportunities during subject unit studies. After school programs allow children to increase their drama and performance experiences. Performing gives children a sense of pride and reduces the anxiety of speaking in front of a group.