“Music is the medicine of the mind.” ~ John A. Logan
Music is offered several times a week on a quarterly basis (two quarters per year), and utilizes a variety of methods with special emphasis on sacred music used during liturgy.
On the middle school level, the teacher will strive to cultivate music literacy by using sacred music to teach the various elements of music.
Our curriculum on the middle school level also emphasizes music history, with the goal of enabling students to recognize authentically beautiful music.
Music in Other Ways
An entertaining addition to the music program is the St. Peter School Christmas Musical. This is a sizable event that involves the entire school. Singing, acting, and dance are all incorporated into this spiritual drama performance. Each class works hard with their teachers to perfect their class-song and dance, while soloists and speaking parts stay after school for practices. The students’ hard work and dedication pays off in the end with an exciting performance! The Christmas musical has proven to be quite entertaining for family and friends to watch, and a very positive experience for the students.
Band / Instrumental Instruction
Students in grades 4 through 8 have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument and perform in the school band. This program, directed by John Spangenberg, is an excellent way for students to further their growth in music. As they enter the program, students may chose from a variety of wind and percussion instruments. Both the Beginner Band and the Advanced Band work very hard during the school year in preparation for a winter and spring concerts. The students strive to perfect their skills individually, as they learn to blend together as a group and develop into skilled young musicians.
The Children’s Choir gives students the opportunity to use their voices in praise and adoration to God. The choir performs at Sunday Mass as well as the Mass on Fridays when the whole school is in attendance. The choir provides a wonderful and youthful sound to the Mass and also displays the student’s individual ability to lead and sing solo. Singing in this ensemble has proven to be a highly spiritually rewarding experience for the students.