Music

“Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul.”
~unknown


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Music Matters

Music speaks to our hearts, causes us to feel emotion, and even helps us remember.  It helps our students to become better students as it encourages students to focus, listen, concentrate, and remember.  Learning music helps students in other subjects, such as math, science, reading, and languages.  It enhances social skills and builds confidence.  At Saint Francis of Assisi School, we educate the whole being, which includes a wonderful music curriculum.  Students learn to not only appreciate music, but to become musicians themselves through writing, improvisation, movement, and performance. View video titled How playing an instrument benefits your brain by Anita Collins.

“I see my life in terms of music”
~Albert Einstein

Music in the classrooms

Lower Elementary (Kindergarten, First and Second Grade)

In the first quarter, students in kindergarten, first, and second grade use music and movement to define music.  They learn about the staff, the treble clef, and the percussion family of instruments.  Students sing cross curricular songs for the seasons and for thanksgiving.

Upper Elementary (Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade)

Practice Recorders

Students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades play the recorder just after Christmas.  An important element to any instrument success is practice.  Recorders in the classroom cannot be sent home as they need to be available for music classes.  Please consider purchasing a recorder for your student to use at home.  They are quite inexpensive and a great tool for developing musicianship.  If you would like to order a recorder, please complete order form.  The cost of the recorder will be deducted from your FACTS school account.

First Quarter

Students in upper elementary focus on movement, percussion family instruments, improvisation, listening and analyzing music, and reading music in the first quarter.  Students are expected to read the notes and music markings necessary for playing the recorder in the second quarter.


Choirs

Select Choir

Select Choir is the Saint Francis of Assisi School choir for students in grades 3 through 8.  Emphasis in this choir is on pitch, rhythm, voice placement, choral vowels and interpreting text to effectively communicate through song. Singers must make a reliable commitment to weekly rehearsals.  The Select Choir rehearses Thursday from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Schedule (pdf) of rehearsals and events for the school year (subject to change).

Middle School Ensemble

The Middle School Ensemble is a special choral ensemble for middle school students.  This ensemble will explore choral literature focusing on vocal technique and the foundations of part singing.  The Ensemble rehearses each Friday morning from 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. in the church.  Each student who is a part of the Middle School Ensemble is also part of the Select Choir.

Additional Performance Opportunities:

Cantors

The cantors for the school masses are from the Select Choir.  Students have opportunities to perform in pairs as cantors.  Please know that it takes time, work, voice maturity, and demonstrated leadership in the choir to perform this role.  Typically, cantors begin in 6th grade.

Family Liturgy Choir

The Select Choir has been personally invited by our Pastor, Fr. Kevin, to sing at the 10:30 a.m. Family Mass each week during the school year.  While this is not a requirement, it is another awesome opportunity to praise God, lift the hearts of our parish, and showcase their amazing talent.  There are no additional rehearsals for this mass.  Cantors from the school who participate in the choir at the 10:30am mass on Sunday also have the opportunity to cantor at these masses.  Schedules are arranged in advance to allow for family planning.

Christmas Choir

Christmas Choir is another exciting opportunity to sing.  This choir performs beautiful Christmas music at the Festival of Praise and at Christmas Eve masses.  Rehearsals are on Sunday’s from 3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. beginning in November.

Contact

Mrs. Colleen Wells

cwells@stfrncis.org