Learning music facilitates general learning and enhances skills that children use in other areas. It supports all types of learning like language, verbal skills, spatial-temporal intelligence and small motor skills. It betters test scores, boosts IQ, concentration and memory and contributes to social development.
Kindergarten students study rhythm, learn to match pitch, analyze melody for high/low, steps/skips/scales, articulation, dynamics and form. They learn songs about our Faith, the seasons, songs that tell a story, strophic songs and songs with movement.
Students in first through third grades learn solfège and Kodàly rhythm, in increasing difficulty. Students read rhythm and apply it to songs, study note values and rests, and sing songs in rounds and simple parts.
Students in fourth grade continue the study of solfege and Kodaly rhythm; they learn to write notes and rhythms, study clefs, measures, and pre-Theory, and sing songs in Spanish and easy parts.
Students in fifth and sixth grades add music theory to their study: note names, reading and writing notes on the staff, accidentals, time signatures, dots and more advanced rhythm concepts. They sing songs in two and three part harmony.
Students in seventh and eighth grades continue to study music theory and solfège. They study Gregorian Chant, beginning analysis, instruments of the orchestra, and healthy vocal production, while learning increasingly more difficult songs in two and three parts, adding dynamics and other musical expression.