play their recorders
All students attend formal music classes on a weekly basis in the school’s music room. These classes are taught by music director Mike Schwagerus.
Students learn to sing, read music, and study various genres including sacred, classical, jazz, and popular music.
Grades K, 1 and 2
Students learn to read specific music symbols, practice singing fundamentals, and sing seasonal music both sacred and secular. In addition, they prepare for taking the recorder class in third grade.
Third Graders learn to play the recorder. The curriculum includes Recorder Karate and Carnegie Hall Link Up Program. Students earn reward belts for mastering songs from “Merrily We Roll Along” to “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.” Third Graders perform an interactive concert with Sacramento’s Vita Academy Orchestra through the Carnegie Hall Link Up Program.
4th Grade through 8 th Grade
Students continue to develop music reading skills, learn music theory, and develop ear training and ensemble skills while studying important composers and styles of music. These composers and styles include:
- 4th Grade Handel, Strauss and Bizet.
- 5th Grade Bach, Mozart and Beethoven.
- 6th Grade Opera and Broadway Musicals; Rossini’s Barber of Seville, The Phantom of the Opera and Wicked.
- 7th Grade History of Jazz from Dixieland to Duke Ellington to Miles Davis and John Coltrane.
- 8th Grade History of Rock including Bill Haley and the Comets, The Beatles, and Hillsong. Here the focus is connecting our Catholic faith with current songs and global concerns.