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K-8 Course Descriptions » Music


Music is such a basic expression of human culture.  At SPS we believe every student should have a balanced, comprehensive, and sequential program of study in music. All SPS students, grades K-8, attend a formal, graded music class once per week.

Highlights of the curriculum include:

  • Instruction on how to read and notate music
  • Instruction in progressive sequential order on the concepts of rhythm, melody, tone color, tempo, dynamics, form, harmony, texture and style with objectives becoming more sophisticated as students advance through the grades
  • Instruction on how to play the recorder and performance in an evening Recorder Concert (Grade 5)
  • Unit in music technology including the use of apps to create original music compositions (Middle School)
  • Performances involving group and solo singing, liturgical dancing, narration, instrumental solos and group solos, and re-enactments
  • Opportunity to join the school band (Grades 4 and older)
  • Opportunity for advanced band students to audition for the Diocesan Honors Band
  • Opportunity to work on sound design for the Middle School Musical
  • Development of a lifelong appreciation of music in all its forms