Music education provides a vehicle through which students can fulfill a variety of developmental needs. As an interrelated and vital part of the total school experience, it supports and intensifies learning. Music provides students with the opportunity to develop intellect, individual sensitivity, psycho-motor skills and social skills. Through music, students also develop an understanding and appreciation of the multicultural society in which they live. Further, music is a discipline with sequential knowledge and skills that promote self-discipline and positive self-esteem. Because of the ordered nature of the elements of music, students learn to think with increasing complexity. And, because of the creative potential in music, they learn to think in divergent ways. Therefore, it is through organized, sequential music instruction that we educate the whole child.
While keeping the Archdiocese, state, and national standards in mind, Corpus Christi strives to develop a love, understanding, and appreciation of music. During the elementary years, a comprehensive music program will be one in which the student can realize individual potential through singing, moving, listening, playing, describing, and creating. The student will become acquainted with the many facets of music provided in and out of the classroom. The students will also become acquainted with the effects and role of music in their culture as well as various other cultures. The process will be one where the student is not only the observer or participant, but also the creator.
By engaging in quality musical experiences, students continue to develop positive self-concept, a sense of personal accomplishment, self-discipline, critical thinking skills, and an increased capacity for intrinsic reward. Corpus Christi believes that while music serves as an important part of intellectual development, it is also a path to the soul. It can heal the spirit, calm the personality, and elicit creativity and personal expression. St. Augustine said, “Singing is praying twice."
Course Description: Levels K-3
The music program in the primary grades is designed for students to develop their musical awareness, interests, potentials, and appreciation. Experiences include singing a variety of songs, both by rote and through musical notation; listening to music, both recorded and live; musical story telling; playing classroom melodic and percussion instruments; creating simple melodies for singing or playing on classroom instruments; and moving expressively to music. Formal reading of music is introduced as well as distinguishing beat, rhythm, pitch, dynamics, and tempo. Rhythmic and melodic notation is also introduced. A particular emphasis is placed on healthy vocal development as well as singing as part of an ensemble. All grades also prepare for Mass liturgies.
Course Description: Levels 4-5
The music program in the intermediate grades is designed for students to develop their musical awareness, interests, potentials and appreciation. Students will think creatively and solve problems independently and in groups. They will learn a basic understanding of music through ear training, musical systems and terminology. They learn to utilize the basic techniques for proper vocal production, and gain an understanding of the different styles of music. All grades also prepare for Mass liturgies as well as school concerts.
Course Description: Level 6-8
This music program provides opportunities for advancement and refinement of musical potential, higher level thinking skills, aesthetic judgment, and nurtures music appreciation. Emphasis is placed on refining ensemble performance skills, recognition of musical styles and historical periods, and creative development. Good vocal technique, including posture, breathing, articulation, and intonation are emphasized. All grades also prepare for Mass liturgies as well as school concerts.