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"I am convinced that music really is the universal language of beauty which can bring together all people of good will on Earth."
-Pope Benedict XVI
The music curriculum at Saint Luke's is designed to give students a comprehensive overview of musical theory, history and practice. Each grade studies a particular aspect for the entire term, from the recognition of sounds to the life and times of the most influential composers and musicians. Please refer to the list at the bottom of the page for a grade by grade breakdown of the general music curriculum. 
The hope for this class is to inspire students and give them the tools to recognize and develop their own gifts, as well as to share those gifts with others. The music curriculum adheres to the NYS Common Core Standards for the Arts and writing is an essential and emphasized skill. In addition, music lessons are also often designed to coincide with topics explored in other classes such as ELA, Social Studies, Science and Art. From the science of soundwaves, to the historical impact of ancient musicians- It is all a part of music. 
There are also a few very exciting performance opportunities during the school year. Saint Luke's hosts both an annual Christmas show and Spring show, which the students and staff all look forward to with great anticipation. These shows not only encompass the musical principles that the students have learned about but, they also allow students to shine and to help create a wonderful sense of community for all involved. As shows approach please check your child's class page for ticket info, costume and show details. 
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Music Curriculum by Grade Level
Pre-Kindergarten: "Music with a Purpose" (Students explore classroom topics and themes through music and movement as well as emotional literacy and vocabulary building and communication skills through sound identification)
Kindergarten: "The Instrument Alphabet" (Students are introduced to instruments beginning with each letter of the alphabet. Students will be exposed to the actual instrument either through a visual aid or hands-on experience and will complete written corresponding work.)
First Grade: "The Mechanics of Sound" (Students are introduced to various instruments and shown how the instrument creates sound)
Second Grade: "Making Music" (Students learn the basics of sight-reading and will be introduced to our recorder program)
Third Grade: "Classification of Instruments and the Orchestra" (Students will learn to group instruments and will be taught the basics of musical ensembles)
Fourth Grade: "World Music" (Students explore cultural music and dance traditions throughout the world)
Fifth Grade: "Famous Musical Composers" (Students learn about some of the most influential composers throughout history)
Sixth Grade: "Early Music History" (Students study early genres of music ranging from Chants through the Blues)
Seventh Grade: "Modern Music History" (Students cover artists and musical movements of the 1950's to the 1970's)
Eighth Grade: "Modern Music History" (Students cover artists and musical movements of the 1980's to today, culminating with technological innovations in music and completed in conjunction with our technology program)
*Music is graded on a 1-4 basis (4 : Exemplary effort and/or skill has been shown, equivalent to 90% and above, 3: Good general understanding of concepts and classroom conduct, equivalent to 80%-89% 2: There is a need for improvement in work quality and/or behavior, equivalent to 70%-79% and a 1: There is a strong need for improvement, equivalent to 69% or below)  The complete grade breakdown is supplied below and is directly shared with all students in grades 4-8. In addition, classroom rules are explained in the beginning of the year to every student. 

Music Grade Breakdown for Grades Pre-K through 8th

(1-4 grading basis)

                                       Class participation and attendance


                                             Quality of written work


                                          Preparedness and behavior                                                          (Including respect for classroom instruments and environment)


                                        Quizzes and/or in class projects


                    Show participation (Including rehearsals and performances)



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