CN Festival Audition Materials

Here are materials for audition preparation for the CN music festival. A reminder that auditions will be held after school on Thursday, April 27th. Students must prepare the first verse and chorus of “Inscription of Hope” and the audition must be memorized. We have provided a recording on youtube to use as you prepare. Also, attached to this post is sheet music and lyrics for the song. We look forward to hearing everyone’s audition!

Inscription of Hope-Stroope


April 2017

Music Grades K4, K5, 5, 6

In the month of March, students got a great start to our Spring Folk Music program. In K4, K5, 5th and 6th grades, we have learned two new folk dances and songs to accompany movements. Each grade level has one more to learn and we are excited to share these with you all! 5th and 6th grade have been learning octavos and we are excited to share these with our families and with surrounding area Catholic schools in May. K4, K5, 5th and 6th grades have been working hard and most importantly, working together to make this concert a unique and memorable one for all involved!

March 2017

Music Grades K4, K5, 5, 6

It’s hard to believe how quickly this year is moving along! We are very excited to start working on music for our spring program that is approaching at the end of the school year. In K4, K5, 5th and 6th grades, we will be learning various folk dances and songs to accompany movements. We are excited to learn them so that we can share them with our families at the concert! 5th and 6th grade will be working on music for a concert in May at Cardinal Newman with some of the local catholic schools’ music programs. It’s going to be a busy few months in music class: we are very excited to get started toward our programs and make music together.

February 2017

Music Grades K4, K5, 5, 6

In K4 and K5 we are working on learning how to be different with our tonal patterns and rhythm patterns. By being different, we are improvising musically and having musical conversations with each other. We will also be continuing our work on movement through space and time in various ways (fast, slow, high, middle, low, etc.) We’re looking forward to learning beginning folk dances and working with partners to move together.

In 5th and 6th grade, we are also learning folk dances. We started with “Sasha”, a Russian Folk dance but will be learning a few more as the semester continues. We’re refreshing our understanding of tonic and dominant chords in a variety of tonalities as well as reading and notating rhythm and tonal patterns. We are continuing our listening skills by identifying meters, styles, and instruments in pieces of music.

December 2016

Music Grades K4, K5, 5, 6

In K4 and K5, we have had fun doing various movement activities such as making statues, going and stopping, moving our hands, feet, head, arms, and (most importantly) seaweed spines. We have explored high, low and middle space as well as making open and closed shapes. We’ve sung songs in a variety of tonalities and meters. We have also been very busy preparing for the Christmas Program coming up on the 15th of December. We are very excited to show our families and friends what we’ve learned.

In 5th and 6th grade, we have been singing songs in various tonalities and meters. We’ve played some games and explored making statues in self and shared space. We’ve been exploring aeolian and major tonalities, learning how to improvise and be “different” than each other. We have also been preparing for our Christmas program coming up on the 15th of December. We are excited to share what we’ve learned so far this year with our loved ones!

Music Grades 1, 2, 3, 4

Grades 1, 2, 3, and 4 are in the midst of preparing for the Christmas Concert! Grade 1 students are learning two chants and a song that they will perform with K4 and K5. We are practicing concert etiquette and being music leaders. Grade 2 students are learning how to follow a conductor. They can follow cues on when to begin singing, when and how to breathe, and how to end together. Ensemble skills are very important, and our Grade 2 students are developing their cooperative skills. Grade 2, 3, and 4 students are exploring improvisation, body percussion, and repeating patterns. They can identify a repeated pattern by ear, perform repeated patterns, and label a repeated pattern as an ostinato. They will display these skills during the concert. Grade 3 and 4 students are learning how their bodies move in space and time. They learned a folk dance called Alabama Gal to practice structured movement, and they played a statue game called Night at the Museum to practice unstructured movement. Ask your student about our game! Grade 4 students have the opportunity to audition for special singing roles for our concert. I will audition students during class next week. Students will be able to audition for a verse of Mercy Like Rain or a verse of I Wonder As I Wander. Follow the link to access recordings and lyric sheets for all grade levels. Keep practicing!

Christmas Concert Practice / Solo Auditions

In the link attached, you will find a google doc with Christmas Program practice for each grade level.

For those interested in auditioning for solos, the solo audition files can be found in the respective grade level folder. Reminder: solo audition songs will be “Mercy Like Rain” and “I Wonder as I Wander”.

We are excited to share this music with you!!

September 2016

Music for Grades K4, K5, Grade 5, Grade 6

My name is Julia Harris.  I’m the music educator at St. Peter’s for students in K4, K5, Grade 5, and Grade 6. After just two weeks with the students, I can already tell the awesome music making that will be taking place in our classroom.

During September, students in K4 and K5 will work on building their listening vocabulary.  They’ll engage in active listening to music in various tonalities and meters and participate in music acculturation activities. Students will also practice their audiation skills during songs and rhythm chants by working on “putting the music in their head.”  We have begun tonal patterns in both Major and Minor Harmonic tonalities. We’ll continue to work on these throughout the month of September.  Students will also review the importance of knowing the differences between “self-space” and “shared space.” We’ll also work on various movement activities.

Students in Grade 5 and Grade 6 will learn songs in Major and Harmonic Minor and review the structure of these tonalities. In Major tonality, the resting tone is solfege, “DO.” In Harmonic Minor tonality, the resting tone is solfege, “LA.”  Students will use higher order skill learning to sing and improvise tonic, dominant, and subtonic chord functions of both tonalities as we review and refresh this information. Students will also learn various folk dances that pair with songs and rhythm chants. We will also use various classroom instruments such as boomwhackers.
I look forward to a great year in St. Peter’s Music Program!


 Music For Grades 1-4

My name is Kat Arrasmith, and I am the music teacher for Grades 1-4.

In Grades 1 and 2 this month, students will explore how our bodies move in time and space.  They will work on open and closed shapes, self-space and shared-space, and stuck and loose.   As they develop their rhythmic and tonal vocabulary, they will begin to recognize and decode patterns.  The students will perform body percussion ostinatos (a short melody or pattern that is constantly repeated), using poems.  Later on, they will put those body percussion rhythms onto instruments.

Grade 3 and 4 students will improvise in major and minor tonalities and duple and triple rhythms.  They will learn folk dances and explore improvising movement.  The students will gain confidence as musical student leaders through mirroring and shadowing exercises.  They will work in small groups to create body percussion compositions that they will perform alongside a limerick.

I’m very excited to work with parents, students and staff at St. Peter’s this year.

May 2016 Music: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, and Grade 4

In the month of May, students in grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, and grade 4 will be preparing music for the Spring Recital on May 19th. Students are singing traditional American folk songs such as “Jim Along Josie”, “Now Let me Fly”, and “Angel Band”. Students practice looking professional while singing by practicing singer’s posture and finding their six places of balance. In addition, students work on unifying their vowels to have one beautiful choral sound. We are looking forward to seeing you at the Spring Recital!!

April 2016 Music: Grade 1, 2, 3, and 4

In the month of April, student in grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, and grade 4 will be preparing the music for the spring recital. The students will be learning American folk music to be performed on the spring recital, May 19th. The students will learn folk dances that go with the music.

Students in grade 1 will learn and sing “Jump Jim Joe.” The students will learn movements to go with the song. Students in grade 2 will sing “Hey Lolly, Lolly Lo” and learn the bass line. Students will sing the bass line with the melody to create simple harmony.

Students in grade 3 and grade 4 will sing “Swingin’ from the Start” and learn the bass line. The students will play the bass line on the xylophones and a countermelody to accompany the melody. Students will learn how to create and improvise a melody using the bass line as a framework. In addition, the students will add body percussion to emphasize specific rhythms in the song.

April 2016 Music: K4, K5, Grade 5, Grade 6

Students are coming back from Easter break with fresh minds, ready to learn new repertoire for their annual Spring Concert! This year’s theme for the Spring Concert will revolve around North America’s music history. You can expect to hear popular Americana folk tunes, such as, “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “When the Saints Go Marching In”. Back by popular demand, students will be performing a new arrangement of “Amazing Grace” that will be sure to uplift your spirits! A special treat awaits you and your family when we perform a few pieces from the jazz-swing era of North American music.

Along with concert preparation, University of South Carolina undergraduate teachers in-training students are collaborating with your St. Peter’s music teachers to offer unique music lessons through the use of folk dances and melodies. This collaboration will take place throughout the entire month of April, and the culmination of their progress will be highlighted in our Spring Concert in May.

Check back soon for further updates and events happening within the music program at St. Peter’s!