Preschool and Kindergarten students will develop skills through learning many songs and singing games as well as finger plays and stories. Students will learn in-tune singing, feeling for the beat, and identify rhythm patterns of familiar songs. They will develop the ability to step and clap rhythm and beat, and to understand the concepts of high-low, loud-soft, and fast-slow.

Grades 1-5 will study a variety of styles of music to develop skills in the following areas:

  • Singing:  Singing in-tune, in rhythm and expressively, demonstrating good posture and keeping a steady beat.
  • Instrumental: Using classroom instruments to play in-tune, in rhythm and expressively, keeping a steady beat.
  • Creating music by doing simple improvising and composing music
  • Reading music: Read whole, half, quarter, eighth, dotted notes and rests in 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4 meter signatures. Read music pitches using solfa syllables used in the Kodaly methodology. Read traditional music symbols and terms.
  • Respond to music: develop a love for music through listening skills identifying phrases and form in music. Identify sounds of a variety of instruments. Respond through purposeful movement such as using motions, performing folk dances, and using choreography.
  • Perform music: Demonstrate and share the skills learned by singing and playing music in the classroom, at concerts and in the Mass setting.

Grades 6-8 will continue developing music reading, writing and performance skills through the study of the elements of music. The students will exhibit these skills through singing, playing classroom instruments and performing at concerts and other school events such as Mass. Students will also be given the opportunity to enhance their music skills through elective participation in band, orchestra or chorus.

Music and orchestra teacher

Wendy Baranczyk


Laurel Marchinowski