In music students sing and play instruments, become aware of music in their daily experience, and learn about music from various cultures. Creating movements in response to music helps them connect to dance and discern variations in rhythm, tempo, and dynamics.
Singing and playing classroom instruments improve students’ listening skills, accuracy and technique, and understanding of musical forms. By improvising simple rhythmic accompaniments and learning singing games from various cultures, students begin their creative work in music. And they focus their listening and relate to music and dance by creating and performing movements.
Students learn verbal syllables, such as sol and fa, for the degrees of the musical scale, i.e. solfège. In doing so, they learn to read, write, and perform simple patterns of pitch, a process that leads to a whole world of listening to, playing, singing, and composing music.
Students learn the basics of music theory and apply this knowledge to an instrument, the recorder. Students focus on rhythmic patterns, musical forms, melody, as they read, write, and perform music. Their increased listening skills help them identify those qualities in music selections, in the four families of orchestral instruments. By singing from memory, they improve their accuracy and create rhythmic and melodic phrases.
Students build on their recorder playing techniques with more advanced pieces of music. Students not only sing and play melodies in various forms and from many cultures but also compose melodic patterns, a precursor to writing music. They also employ their expanding vocabulary of music and classify a variety of instruments by how they produce sound. By learning more about music from around the world, they can recognize the influence of various cultures on music.
Students use their increased knowledge of musical elements by participating and creating their own Stomp routines using everyday items. Students analyze how different elements are used in music of various styles as they increase their musical skills by singing and playing the ukulele. They also learn to create simple melodies and read and write those melodies on the treble clef.
Students use standard music symbols for pitch, meter, and rhythm. They are able to relate why specific musical works of the past are considered exemplary and can explain how music can convey mental images, feelings, and emotions. They learn proper ukulele positioning, fingering and chords.
Students sing and perform various styles of music. They will study the elements of opera and musical theater. By applying their vocal and instrumental skills, they can perform a repertoire of music on ukulele.
Students use their increased vocabulary to explore in depth how musical elements are used in music of different styles from various cultures. As they sing or perform on ukulele, they practice sight reading at a more difficult level and are evaluated for their accuracy and expressive quality.
*All students sing sacred and secular music in general music classes and choral ensembles. All students have an opportunity to perform in a variety of venues:
Monthly School Masses
Archdiocese Choral Festival
*Community Outreach Performances include:
San Rafael Pacifics Baseball games
Freitas House Retirement Home
Nazareth House Retirement Community
*All students are encouraged to join in one of Saint Isabella Choirs:
Primary Choir – Grades 1-4
Ensemble Choir – Grades 5-8
Hand Chime Choir – Select Group of Students