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Art and Music

ART
The arts illuminate "life in all its mystery, misery, delight, pity and wonder." Without them, students are deprived of learning what it means to be truly human. The arts teach students how rather than what to think.

The arts teach skills that other basic subjects cannot - critical thinking and problem solving, judgment and independence, attention to detail and craftsmanship, and openness to other cultures and ways of thinking. The arts enliven and extend the entire school curriculum by integrating different subjects in innovative interdisciplinary ways, sparking the interest all students.

First Grade
First grade art classes include drawing and painting, basic art techniques, imagery and guided art, and 3-dimensional art. The elements of art, kinds of pictures, the art of ancient Egypt and cave paintings will be explored. Various art activities are incorporated into the regular classroom curriculum, as well.

Second Grade
Weekly art classes include experiences in drawing and painting, basic art techniques, imagery, guided art, and 3-dimensional art. The elements of art, sculpture, landscapes, architecture and abstract art will be explored. Various art activities will be incorporated into the regular classroom curriculum, as well.

Third Grade
Weekly art classes provide third graders with experience in drawing and painting, basic art techniques, imagery, guided art, and 3-dimensional art. The elements of art and design, American Indian art and the art of ancient Rome will be explored. Various arts activities are incorporated into the regular classroom curriculum, as well.

Fourth Grade
Art classes meet once a week and provide fourth graders with experience in drawing and painting, basic art techniques, imagery and guided art, and 3-dimensional art. A variety of artworks from various cultures will be explored, including those from Europe during the Middle Ages, Africa, China, the United States, and Islam. Additional art activities will be incorporated into the regular classroom curriculum.

Fifth Grade
Regular art classes provide fifth grade students with experience in drawing and painting, basic art techniques, imagery and guided art, and 3-dimensional art. The art of the Renaissance and Japan, as well as 19th century American art will be explored. Various arts activities are incorporated into the regular classroom curriculum, as well.

MUSIC
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.

-Carl Orff

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.

Early Childhood
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

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
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.

Third Grade
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 Grade
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.

Fifth Grade
Students in 5th grade grade experience many aspects of music theory and performance through activities using the Orff Schulwerk approach. 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.

Through our fine arts program. Each class has opportunities to perform 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.