Elementary Band: Students who are interested in playing an instrument in 4th and/or 5th grade are encouraged to join. They need a general knowledge of music but prior experience is not necessary to participate.
Middle School Band: This class too is open to everyone interested in playing in the band. Some have already played in 4th and 5th. There are opportunities at this level to join with the high school and participate in events such as Homecoming as the The Monarch Marching Band as well as concerts throughout the school year.
Lessons include a variety of musical experiences: singing, moving, instrument playing, playing rhythms and listening. Through involvement in these lessons, children will gain an understanding of an experience with basic musical elements. Most lessons are song-based. In these lessons, a song provides a point of departure for dealing with appropriate musical learnings. Other lessons are built around recordings of classical, folk, or contemporary works. Students perform in one musical concert each year.
Middle School Choir
This class continues the singing experiences began in elementary school. Students will improve their singing skills with daily singing, emphasing proper vocal technique. Music theory, notation, history and interpretation will be integrated and applied to lessons. Students will sing at mass and perform in one or more concerts. This class may be taken multiple times throughout middle school.