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Music Department

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MUSIC DEPARTMENT

Faculty: Vocal Music Department Chair, Ms. Carissa Madley and Instrumental Music Department Chair, Ms. Karina Lepkowski

Philosophy

Music is an important component of education.  It allows a student to be creative while practicing structure.  It is known to raise test scores and improve brain function.  Music helps develop a strong work ethic, focus and dedication.  Learning through this medium allows students to be expressive, which leads to confidence and a boost in self-esteem and self-awareness.  The value of music has no bounds and can be easily translated into other skill sets.

Overview of Early Childhood Music Program:

  • Program Description: Students explore form, melody, dynamics, texture and rhythm through musical play.
    • In Pre-School students focus on beginning to develop their singing and chant voice.  Students explore steady beat and tempo though many different styles of music.  They develop an understanding of high and low in regards to pitch.  They begin to explore basic dynamics in music.
    • In the Young Fives program students will continue to refine the topics from Pre-School.  They will further develop their understanding of form to AB pieces and possibly ABA or ABC.  Students will be introduced to the instrument families as well as more dynamic markings.

Overview of the Music Curriculum for Early Elementary (Kindergarten – 1st Grade)

KINDERGARTEN

  1. Vocal exploration consists of combining what they have learned previously and utilizing it in compositional activities.
  2. Continue with steady beat and add basic meter
  3. Continue with dynamics and its application
  4. Echoing patterns in rhythm and pitch (both as a group as well as individually); including “same” and “different”
  5. Continue with texture and listening activities by individual instruments and discussing their timbre and the timbre of human voices
  6. Major / Minor pieces = “happy” / “sad” sounding

GRADE 1

  1. Continue with compositional activities; making more complex
  2. Continue with meter – adding this aspect to composition activities.  Get into complex meters/subdivision (2nd semester)
  3. Complex forms introduced (ex: rondo)
  4. Tonality explained in pentatonic/blues scales; the idea of a ‘home’ tone and their corresponding chords (Boomwacker/Orff assimilation)
  5. Complex rhythm and pitch patterning
  6. Continue with texture

 

Overview of the Music Curriculum for Elementary (2nd – 5th Grade)

The St. Regis Music Department operates under the National Music Standards and concentrates on creating, performing, responding, and connecting music to the world around them.

GRADE 2

  • Students will review the concept of steady beat and continue with the understanding of complex meters / subdivisions.
  • The reinforcement of “home tone”and basic chordal structure will be reviewed; minor chords and solfege will be introduced 2nd semester.
  • Tonality will be reinforced through various Orff instrumentation.  The pentatonic / blues scales will be reviewed and modes of the major scale will be introduced.
  • The concept of mixing voices and/or instrumentation will be introduced.  Basic harmony will be also be looked at (possibly with basic 2-part choral pieces).
  • Texture and sound will be reinforced through listening lessons and composition.

GRADE 3

  • Students will continue working with complex meters and subdivisions.
  • Major and minor chords will be utilized in class composition and solfege will be used as an anchor for learning pieces of music, thus reinforcing ‘home tone’.
  • Melody and countermelody will be discussed and used in both singing as well as the playing of classroom instruments.
  • Mood will be introduced and reinforced through listening activities.
  • Intermediate harmony will be covered through basic choral pieces.

GRADE 4/5

  • Students will discuss affect through various musical devices and listening activities.
  • Key signature and time signature will be reinforced.
  • Notation in composition will be a vital component of their music theory and will be reflected in classroom projects.
  • The students will be able to form an optional recorder choir which will add to further their study of instrumentation.
  • Possible world drumming components will be introduced.
  • The culmination of blues to rock will be studied.
  • Intermediate to Advanced harmony will be showcased and various higher level choral pieces will be studied.

 

Academy Show Choir/Varsity Voices (6th – 8th Grade)

The St. Regis Show Choir tradition is entering its fifth season. We are proud to be a member of the Michigan School Vocal Music Association (MSVMA).

Vocal Music

Students explored form, melody, dynamics, texture and rhythm through musical play. The St. Regis Show Choir tradition is entering its sixth season. We are proud to be a member of the Michigan School Vocal Music Association (MSVMA). Excellent rating (II) 2015- MSVMA Middle School Solo and Ensemble Festival and 1st Place, Junior High School Show Choir- Music in the Parks. We strive to incorporate faith-filled, Christ centered music not only for Mass preparation but for our parent viewing programs offered throughout the school year. Under Ms. Madley’s guidance and teaching, the students participated in various productions this school year. Students were invited to sing alongside the Marian High School Choir, a wonderful opportunity for our students. Our Regis and Marian Music Department Chairs have developed a collaborative relationship that is beneficial to our Catholic school campus.

 

 

 

Past accolades include:

  • 1st place, Junior High School Show Choir 2011- Music in the Parks
  • 1st place, Junior High School Show Choir 2012- Music in the Parks
  • 2nd place, Junior High School Show Choir 2013- Music in the Parks
  • Esprit de Corps Award 2013- Music in the Parks
  • Outstanding Male Soloist 2013- Music in the Parks
  • Excellent rating (II) 2014- MSVMA Middle School Solo and Ensemble Festival
  • 2nd Place, Junior High School Show Choir- Music in the Parks

Note:

6th – 8th grade students participate in the Academy Show Choir as an elective at the beginning of their school day.  Many of our music students partake in Brother Rice/Marian Math or our Advanced English Language Arts classes, and therefore are part of a special schedule.  A choral music students’ day begins at 7 AM with a bagel breakfast, our rehearsal begins at 7:15 AM till 8 AM.  We meet Monday – Thursday to ensure that we are successful at our many performance opportunities.  We will also host multiple concerts throughout the year as well as community outreach programs.

Instrumental Music Program

Instrumental Music classes are based on a Constructivists mindset, developed and taught by Ms. Lepkowski. Students are guided through real life musical problem solving lessons that enable them to construct meaning out of the many dimensions of music.  Instrumental music students are given multiple opportunities to engage in the listening, creating and performing roles of musicians.  All lessons are aligned to the National Standards of Music. The Academy Band is an active member of MSBOA and participate in Solo and Ensemble and earned second place at Band Festival with Excellent Rating.  Our program hosts multiple concerts throughout the year as well as community outreach programs. The students strive to work towards being able to participate at Mass. Students participated in our VIP Day this school year. Two students were invited to participate in the MSBOA Honors Band this year; this was our first year invited to participate.

NOTE:

6th – 8th grade students participate in the Academy Concert Band as an elective at the beginning of their school day.  Many of our music students partake in Brother Rice/Marian Math or our Advanced English Language Arts classes, and therefore are part of a special schedule.  An instrumental music students’ day begins at 7 AM with a Bagels and Band breakfast, our rehearsal begins at 7:15 AM till 8 AM.  We meet Monday – Thursday to ensure that we are successful at our many performance opportunities.  The Academy Band is an active member of MSBOA and will participating in Solo and Ensemble and Band Festival this upcoming year.  We will also host multiple concerts throughout the year as well as community outreach programs.  The band regularly plays at Academy and All school Masses.

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