Discovering personal greatness in pre-school through grade 8 students - Burlington, Vermont

Music

Mission Statement  for Mater Christi Music:

To introduce students to the language of music, expose students to various genres of music and performing arts, inspire independent, creative, deeper learning in music and the performing arts, foster the discovery of cross-curricular connections and ignite an independent desire for lifelong learning in music.

Elementary Grade Level: Kindergarten – 5

Elementary grade level students meet for 40 minutes each week for General Music and Choir combined. Students collaboratively explore Music Theory, Sight Reading/Sight Singing, Music History, Vocal Pedagogy, Performing as an Ensemble and Listening Journals. Students are engaged in hands on learning and movement to music using dance, visual arts, Orff Instruments, Dalcroze Eurhytmics, Conversational Solfege, Curwen/Kodaly hand signs and many other musical activities. Students receive vocal pedagogy including guided instruction in posture, vowel formation and breath support to promote healthy singing. Connections are made daily with musical math, literature in song, socio-political and cultural connections to music’s role throughout history and the science of sound in listening and performing. Learning expectations and opportunities in music incrementally increase concurrent with the advancement of each grade level.

Music at the Elementary Grade Levels begins during the Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten years and continues through 5th grade. Student learning is focused around foundational development  of concepts based on the musical standards listed below:

Creating: The ability to create, organize, share, evaluate and refine musical ideas.

Performing: The ability to choose, understand, practice, analyze, improve music through practice and accurately and expressively perform music for an audience.

Responding: The ability to select, analyze, interpret and evaluate the elements of music.

Connecting: The ability to connect ideas, experiences and knowledge in daily life, cultures and cross-curricular learning to music.

General Music Middle Grade Level: 6 – 8

Middle grade level students meet for 47 minutes each week for General Music and Choir combined. Students collaboratively explore Music Theory, Sight Reading/Sight Singing, Music History, Vocal Pedagogy, Performing as an Ensemble and Listening Journals. Students are engaged in project-based, deeper learning of elementary concepts applying theories of Orff, Dalcroze, Curwen/Kodaly and Feierabend to collaborative work within the classroom. Units will include exploration in composition, small-ensemble performance and Ukulele. In choir rehearsals students receive vocal pedagogy including guided instruction in posture, vowel formation and breath support to promote healthy singing. Students develop metacognitive, collaborative and social skills as they grow their ability to rehearse and perform within an ensemble. Cross-curricular and daily life connections are made with math, literature in song, socio-political and cultural connections to music’s role in history and the science of sound in listening and performing. Learning expectations and opportunities in music incrementally increase concurrent with the advancement of each grade level.

Music at the Middle Grade Levels begins in 6th grade and continues through 8th grade. Students are encouraged to explore deeper, more creative learning based on elementary level concepts stemming from the musical standards listed below:

Creating: The ability to create, organize, share, evaluate and refine musical ideas.

Performing: The ability to choose, understand, practice, analyze, improve music through practice and accurately and expressively perform music for an audience.

Responding: The ability to select, analyze, interpret and evaluate the elements of music.

Connecting: The ability to connect ideas, experiences and knowledge in daily life, cultures and cross-curricular learning to music.

Chorus

Students sing a varied repertoire of choral pieces. Working as an ensemble provides a valuable experience for students to collaborate and work towards the common goal of a performance.

Band

Band courses offered to MCS students, Grades 4-8
Beginner, intermediate and advanced bands, marching band.
Intro and select jazz
Drumline, brass and sax ensemble
2 rock bands
Private lessons