Involvement in music teaches 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.
Our music faculty is master level Orff certified and holds training 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 a production annually and the first through fifth grade classes performing the worship service, “Nine Lessons and Carols”, just before Christmas.
Additionally, our third through fifth grade students put on a large-scale Broadway-style production every other year.
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 identifying sounds and engage in performances.
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. 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.
Third-grade students experience rhythm, pitch, rhythm instruments, Orff instruments, elements of basic music theory, and a number of singing and movement activities. 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.
Students in 5th 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 are exposed to music from all over the world and have numerous performance opportunities.
In addition, 5th grade students receive an introduction to band and orchestra instruments through exposure to strings, brass, and woodwind instruments. This dedicated time is designed to help them determine their musical path as they prepare for middle school.