Music education at St. Thomas is a fun and exciting performance based program with a variety of musical opportunities. Every student will study general music education from Pre-K through 4th grade where they will develop musicianship through singing, movement, speech, and playing basic percussion instruments. Older students have the opportunity to take Beginning Band (5th-6th grades), Choir (5th-8th grades), Concert Band (7th-8th grades), Jazz Combo (by audition), and strings (all grades).
Beginning Band is a year-long course for students who want to learn how to play a traditional band instrument. No experience is necessary. All students will choose from the following band instruments: flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, saxophone or percussion (bells/snare drum, not drum set). Students will learn to properly care for their instruments, read music, play with good tone and technique and perform as an ensemble. All concerts are required.
Concert Band is a year long, performance based class of 7th and 8th grade students. Students will perform a variety of musical styles while developing the skills necessary to continue band in high school. New this year: 7th & 8th graders will have the opportunity to perform at the MSBOA Solo & Ensemble Festival. Advanced Concert Band students may take Jazz Combo as an additional elective. All concerts are required.
Choir is a year-long course that explores choral music from a wide variety of cultures and time periods through study and performance. This class will emphasize pleasant vocal production, proper breathing, blend and balance, ear training and sight-reading. Participation in various performance opportunities is a requirement of the class.
String class (violin, etc) is available after school. Email for more information.
For more information, email Alan Warmanen at Awarmanen@STA2.org.