At Holy Family, the arts are part of everyday activity; within both core classes and our fine arts curriculum. Specific fine arts classes include music and art.
The Music Program at Holy Family serves students in Preschool through Eighth Grade. Students in Preschool attend music once weekly for 20 minutes. Kindergarteners through Fifth Graders attend music classes twice weekly for 43 minutes. Junior High students attend music class three times every two weeks. Choir and Band are optional components of the music program. Mass Choir is available for students in grades 2-5 and they rehearse both during the school day and before the school Mass day. Junior High Choir is for students in grades 6-8 and they rehearse before school and during lunch. Students in the fourth grade have the opportunity to join band; small group lessons are offered once weekly during the school day, and band also meets once weekly during the school day. Fifth graders continue the small group lessons once weekly and also have band rehearsals twice weekly. Junior high band meets before school twice weekly and during lunch once weekly.
The goal of the music program is to engage students in three areas of music: active music making, music literacy activities, and learning about music. Students in Preschool through First Grade learn music primarily through fun songs, games, and activities. Beginning in first grade, students learn, through the Kodály methodology, a sequential means of learning to read and write music. Students in grades 2-8 practice school mass hymns, sing songs, play games, play instruments, and listen to and watch musical examples. Students in all grades and levels learn about a “word of the month,” and these concepts become progressively more complex as the grade levels increase. Students in grades 2-5 learn about a “composer of the month” and need to write about that composer and share their facts with the class. In Junior High, the sixth graders also follow a curriculum that teaches about music throughout history. Seventh and Eighth graders follow a curriculum that teaches about music theatre and American Popular music (on alternating years). It is Mrs. Smith’s goal with all students to help them become lifelong musicians who can sing in tune, move to a steady beat, and intuit the expressive qualities of music.