St. Hilary School Music Director
participate in the music program at Saint Hilary School. The
curriculum is based on the National Standards for Arts Education
and includes the application of these students to the formation of
the child in worship.
Children in Kindergarten through Second Grade explore beat, rhythm, melody and dynamics. They learn to read whole, half, quarter and eighth notes and rests. Using movement and percussion instruments, the students perform two to four measure exercises while reading the notation.
Students in the Third Grade learn the recorder. Building on the rhythmic skills already explored, the children will learn to read notes in the treble clef. They will learn to perform independently and in groups a varied repertoire of music.
Fourth Grade students learn the violin. They will continue developing their music theory and reading skills while performing in groups and independently.
Students in the Fifth Grade perform on the clarinet. Continuing their musical development by playing independent instrumental parts while other students play or sing contrasting parts.
The goal for our Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Grade students is an instrumental ensemble. We will be implementing this ensemble one grade at a time beginning with the Sixth Grade in 2005/2006.
Students in the Sixth Grade will continue with the clarinet unless they have taken lessons for a year or more on a different ensemble instrument. If a student has a year or more experience on several ensemble instruments, they may choose which instrument to play in school. These students listen, analyze and critique music, identify the relationship of other disciplines and music and continue to increase their music vocabulary and reading skills.
Seventh and Eighth Grade students will work with tone chimes to continue to develop their note reading skills, music theory and chordal harmony. These students listen, analyze and critique music, identify the relationship of other disciplines and music and continue to increase their music vocabulary and reading skills.