Music

Through their study of music, students learn to appreciate the beauty of the world around them. Weekly instruction in music allows for the development of the whole child and offers unique areas of expression.


Mrs. Pitstick’s Music Classmusic

“Beautiful music is the result of hard work and diligent practice. What counts the most is the growing of the soul in each child as he comes to love our Lord a little more every time he sings.”

                                                                                                                               ~Unknown

Our students experience and perform music while learning the basic musical elements of rhythm, melody, harmony, form, timbre, texture and dynamics.  They are exposed to a wide variety of music, listening to many styles and creating music themselves.  Music for liturgy is rehearsed with an emphasis on these elements as well as vocal technique and the spiritual meaning of the text.

Our younger students learn through singing and movement activities and enjoy playing a variety of classroom instruments such as xylophones,metallophones, drums, and more.

  • Recorder instruction begins in the 4th grade and continues through 6th, resulting in excellent sight reading skills transferable to another instrument or life long singing!
  • The 7th grade is introduced to the beauty and technique of playing hand bells.
  • The 8th grade fine arts block provides a weekly hand bell choir rehearsal furthering the development of musicianship through ensemble playing.

Our students study classical repertoire at an age appropriate level and experience the world class Columbus Symphony Orchestra at the Ohio Theater. Grades 3, 4, 5 participate in the Link Up program developed by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. (carnegiehall.org/Linkup)

Extras

Music Program Extras

Vocal Choir is a wonderful opportunity for students in grades 4-8 who love to sing! Two rehearsals a week provide time for additional vocal training, performance opportunities, and ministry to the church. The choir leads music for many school Masses and participates in monthly parish Masses as well as the Christmas Eve childrens Mass. We celebrate the Christmas season with an evening of caroling and take a spring field trip to share music in the community

Trumpet Choir is an elective for students beginning in 5th grade. The beginner trumpet choir is for students who are brand new to their instrument and the advanced choir is for students in their 2nd or 3rd year of study. These young instrumentalists progress rapidly in a semi- private lesson setting of three sessions a week. They perform twice yearly and the advanced students play regularly at school Masses.

Special Dates

10/12: CSO – Grades K-1-2

12/4: Choir at Sunday 11:00 Mass

12/6: Choir Caroling

12/13: Christmas Performance – All Grades

4/5: CSO – Grades 6-7-8

5/17: CSO LinkUP – Grades 3-4-5

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