Music

Summary

Since the fall of 1997, St. Peters has enjoyed a music education partnership with the Music Education department at the University of South Carolina School of Music. Our partnership provides high-quality music education with all the resources of the University. Dr. Wendy Valerio, with the aid of two graduate assistants, educates our children with the goal to create lifelong musicians.

Mission

St. Peter’s Catholic Elementary students and faculty make music to honor God with our bodies, minds, voices, and spirits.

Curriculum

Our faculty structures all curriculum on Dr. Edwin Gordon’s Music Learning Theory (Gordon, 2013; Taggart, Bolton, Reynolds, Valerio, Gordon, 2010, 2006, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000; Valerio, Reynolds, Taggart, Bolton, Gordon, 1998). Following are examples of our principles.

1. Each child is born with music aptitude, the potential to learn music.

2. Each child deserves sequential music guidance/education as a birthright.

3. Music is best and most naturally learned if it is approached as a language.

4. Music learning begins at birth, if not before; the typically developing ear is

fully developed at five months in utero.

5. The four vocabularies of music (a) listening, (b) speaking/performing, (c)

reading, and (d) writing are hierarchical and cyclical and .

6. The four vocabularies of music are parallel to the four vocabularies of

language; however, the contents of those vocabularies are different.

7. Music vocabularies comprise tonal patterns and rhythm patterns; language

vocabularies comprise words.

8. Music thinking (audiation) is parallel to language thinking.

9. Just as children learn language by ear before they learn to read and write

language, children should learn music by ear before they learn to read and

write language.

10. Children should be sequentially guided through the three types and seven

stages of preparatory audiation to begin becoming independent musicians.

11. Through discrimination learning and inference learning children may be

guided sequentially to music independence.

12. Music performance is the result of music informance.

Music Education Faculty

Dr. Wendy Valerio – G3

Professor of Music Education

Director, UofSC School of Music Student Teaching

Director, UofSC Children’s Music Development Center

Music Education Supervisor, St. Peter’s Catholic Elementary School

Ms. Vanessa Caswell – K4, K5, G4, G5, G6

BME ‘15 – Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Gordon Institute for Music Learning-Early Childhood Level I-Mastership Certification

Gordon Institute for Music Learning-Early Childhood Level II-Mastership Certification

Gordon Institute for Music Learning-Elementary Level I-Mastership Certification

MME – in progress – University of South Carolina

Ms. Alli Johnson – G1, G2, G3

BME ‘19 – University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

Gordon Institute for Music Learning-Elementary Level I-Mastership Certification

MME – in progress – University of South Carolina

Current Major Projects

As A School

Every December, St. Peter’s performs a Christmas concert that includes singing, dancing, and playing instruments. In the spring, we feature a program, which varies each year. All students perform in each program.