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Welcome to the world of music! “Catholic education has always understood the
central role of arts education in the formation of the whole person. Students who
are privileged to educational excellence in a Catholic school setting have the same
rights to a balanced, comprehensive, and sequential program in the study of music,
as do children in all schools. In addition, the Catholic school students, who also
“learn by doing,” should be granted experience of music as a primary spiritual and
community-forming resource. Students in Catholic schools should know the joy and
essential nature of music in worship and the rites, and know the power of sung
prayer early in their lives. Quality music education coupled with solid integration
of liturgical music provides the Catholic student a unique opportunity for a
complete education in the arts.”
(from “The Catholic Perspectives,” copyright 2003,National Association of Pastoral
Musicians.)

General Academic Goals

Music is offered to all students in Grades Kindergarten through 8, once a week for 40 minutes.
The Music Curriculum is based on the Silver Burdett Ginn series “The Music
Connection,” which provides textbooks for each grade level along with accompanying
listening selections on performance CD’s. The music program also incorporates
components of music history, music theory, music appreciation, music and movement
along with the art of singing.




Rules, Practices and Grading

All students in Grades 5-8 are required to keep a music notebook. These
notebooks are graded according to their thoroughness and neatness. Participation in
class as well as focused behavior with a positive attitude are all important aspects
of a student’s grade. Respect for the teacher and each other is expected at all times.

St. Joseph School Choir

All children in Grades 2 - 8 are invited to join the Children's Choir. This choir rehearses during school hours and sings once a month at the 11:30am Mass on Sunday.
The criterion for participation as a choir member is as follows:
1. Children must attend the choir rehearsals.
2. Children are expected to sing at the St. Joseph School Masses.
3. Children are expected to sing at the monthly Sunday 11:30 Masses.
4. This choir also sings at the 4:00 P.M.. Mass on Christmas Eve and the Noon Mass on Palm Sunday.

The Christmas Play

All students in Grades PreK-4 participate in the annual Christmas play. This year our show "Meet Me at the Manger" will take place on Dec. 14th at 10:00 A.M. and 7:00 P.M. in the school gymnasium.





The Spring Musical
All students in Grades 5-8 participate in the annual Spring Musical. This show is always a highlight of the school year for the upper grades, enjoyed by both students and parents alike. This year our production will take place on May 31, June 1 and June 2 and will mark St.Joseph School's 17th year production of a musical!




Parent Connection

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at the above
number. I welcome your calls!





Recommended Websites
www.dsokids.com
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