Music Overview

The purpose and passion of the music curriculum is to have students experience music in a way that touches their soul and those around them, to help them explore the musical talent that God has placed in their hearts, and to encourage the use of their talents as a blessing to others, so the Giver of their gift, Jesus Christ, may be glorified.

Pre-Kindergarten through Fourth Grade

Students are taught that music is a universal language, bridging cultures and societies around the world. Pre-kindergarten through fourth grade music classes focus on general appreciation of music, theory, and concert preparation, as well as concert and performance etiquette.

Some varied classroom activities include:

  • Games surrounding concepts of simple rhythm and beat patterns using percussive instruments.
  • Singing.
  • Performing.
  • Independently or in a group setting, analyzing simple sacred and secular songs and music-related text.
  • Exploring multicultural music.
  • Analyzing, reading and composing simple music forms through the understanding of written music notation.
  • Music history through the basic study of classical composers.

    The National Standards for Music Education are well covered in every lesson. They are:

  • Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
  • Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
  • Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.
  • Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines.
  • Reading and notating music.
  • Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.
  • Evaluating music and music performances.
  • Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.
  • Understanding music in relation to history and culture.

    Lessons are pulled from many sources, which include the Holy Bible, Silver Burdett’s “Music Connection” curriculum, educational music CDs, DVDs and videos, and a plethora of topical and conceptual music-related aids for additional reinforcement during class.

    Pre-kindergarten through second grade work with general percussive instruments such as rhythm sticks, tambourines, triangles, wood and sand blocks, cymbals, bells, and small hand drums. Third grade is introduced to more complex cognitive reasoning using music by learning to resonator bells. In preparation for fourth grade beginning band the following year, the basic care and playing of the soprano recorder is introduced. Students in the third and fourth grade classes prepare two pieces on their respective class-instructed instrument and perform for the Trimester concert.

    Each Trimester, all pre-kindergarten through fourth grade classes eagerly prepare and perform a concert in which the students showcase musical talents and learned concepts relating to music and the performing arts such as choreography, stage presence, acting, poem recitation, and voice. These Trimester concerts are the climax of the elementary music class and light the fire of music in the students at Holy Cross.

Fifth Grade

General music instruction evolves around basic music theory as another language. Through singing in parts and playing recorders and bell chimes, students learn how music is alive through a workshop methodology. Students are also offered the option of a beginning band program, which meets once a week as they learn together the basics of their instruments. One concert will be produced.

Mass Choir

Established to allow the most advanced singers to participate at a higher level. Students must audition for this choir. Every Wednesday afternoon, we meet until 3:45 p.m. to prepare the choir for the many concerts and special singing engagements.

Crusader Choir

Select students from the 6th - 8th grade choirs that have clearly demonstrated serious and strong advanced vocal skills are chosen for the highest choral ensemble at Holy Cross School, the Crusader Choir.

Junior High Mixed Chorus

Composed of 60 voices from our sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. They meet twice a week to learn their music. Students learn the basics of good singing techniques and produce three- and four-part level three music. This choir sings at concerts, Masses, and many festivals. Recently, they sang the National Anthem at the opening session of the Delaware House of Representatives!

Junior High Band

A very active group of sixth, seventh, and eighth grade musicians. The group meets twice a week and works on level one/two music. Students work together as a team and must practice at home to produce the best learning possible. With marching in the Dover Days parade, All State Band, and Kent County Band Festival, plus supporting Holy Cross functions, the students are kept very busy!

Drum Line

A group of sixth, seventh, and eighth grade auditioned drummers who work together in an after-school program to produce new cadences and drum line shows. They are a very important part of our marching band and play the “drum line show” at many events where entertainment is needed!