Music at Our Lady of Peace Catholic School
Early Learning Music Program
Taught by Mrs. Cathy Haughland, MT-BC
In the music classroom, we learn through modeling, cooperative learning, and sharing. Each of these processes when coupled with our voices, our bodies, props, pitched and non-pitched instruments may look a lot like play. Children learn best in a rich playful environment that does not include performance pressure. Rest assured, you will see and hear what we can do in the Advent Lessons and Carols program and the Spring Concert. We follow the Core Music Standards identified by the National Association for Music Education, therefore achieving the milestones of early childhood music. When it comes right down to it, we really just like to sing, move, play, and have fun doing it!
Kindergarten through Eighth Grade
Taught by Mr. Jack Barrett
Mr. Barrett’s music curriculum is based around 4 thematic units. This year the units are 4 areas of music:
- World cultural music, focusing on music from cultures and parts of the world that students might not have been exposed to, including Indian, Latino, African, Asian, and Native American music
- Western folk music, focusing on folk music from mainly England and the U.S. from past and present, focusing on prolific folk figures in history.
- Western classical music, focusing on form and vocabulary, teaching students to appreciate a style of music that can seem inaccessible and emotionless.
- Jazz (Mr. Barrett’s Favorite), exposing students to the forms and styles of jazz such as Latin, free jazz, swing, bop, ballads, and more, with a huge focus on improvisation.
National Standards for Music Education
- Develop music reading and writing skills
- Develop ear training and performance skills
- Widen students’ appreciation for different styles and cultures of music
- Inspire a love of music and share with the students the joy that can come with making music together
1. Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
2. Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
3. Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.
4. Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines.
5. Reading and notating music.
6. Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.
7. Evaluating music and music performances.
8. Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.
9. Understanding music in relation to history and culture.