Welcome to Seventh Grade – 7C

 

Teacher:  Charlotte Peake      cpeake@stalbert.org

Welcome to our wonderful music program.  St. Albert the Great students are so blessed to have the amazing amount of instruments and materials for our use! Our classes are primarily hands on activities and  performance based. We want to make music, not just talk about it. Therefore, students are to give their best effort participating in class and in church, as music is a group effort and a person’s attitude can affect the whole class. All students are able to attend class once a week.

Students are graded in the following areas: singing/participation, xylophone playing/effort/handling instruments w/care, movement activites/careful movement in our music space, listening to recordings/not talking, soprano recorder playing for grades 4-7, and written assessments for grades 6-8.

Below are brief descriptions or requirements/ performances for each grade level:

Preschool- Students will go to the music room for beginning singing, speech, movement and playing activities.

Kindergarten – Students sing in a graduation program, usually in mid-May with simple costumes.

1st – Students participate in the Christmas Angels program on the last day before Christmas break, with a  parent performance in early morning and a school performance in church, both with angel costumes.

2nd  -Students continue exploration with instruments, especiallly the barred instruments, and they are encouraged to use song books and materials in church in preparation for First Communion and church.

3rd  – Students will have a combined Christmas program with 4th, and they are usually asked to wear dress clothes with red, green or white.

4th – Students will receive soprano recorders that they are asked to bring to each music class along with a pocket folder, paper and pencil. They will have a combined Christmas program with 3rd, and they are usually asked to wear dress clothes with red, green or white.

5th – Students will bring their recorders and a pocket folder, paper and pencil to class each week, and they will have a Drug Free performance in November. If interested, students may join school choir in this year.* 

*Note – the school choir practices every Wednesday in the music room from 2:45-3:25, unless school is not in session. This group sings at the school Masses, 8th grade graduation, and usually goes on a field trip to a nursing home at the end of the school year. Grade 5 students are beginning choir members, and Grade 6-8 students may train as cantors if they so desire.

6th – Students will bring their recorders and a pocket folder, paper and pencil to class each week, and they will perform in the Arts/Academic Showcase in April. If interested, students may participate in handbells one recess a week and/or join school choir.

7th – Students will bring their recorders and a pocket folder, paper and pencil to class each week, and they will focus on improvisational activities and World Drumming techniques. If interested, students may participate in handbells one recess a week and/or join school choir.

8th – Students will bring pocket folders, paper and pencil to class each week, and they will focus on World Drumming techniques and some composer/performer studies. If interested, students may participate in handbells one recess a week and/or join school choir.