School Closure Activities: March 30 – April 3, 2020

Dear Students and Families, 

We love making music in person with our St. Peter’s students; however, to COVID-19 precautions, we must find other ways of making music. Please use the following link to make music during the week of March 23-27. We will post new links next week as needed. Please stay safe and remember to sing!

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1aNiGKBhIbemzuHN6ifXwb4eXKsVRfI_R?usp=sharing

Please contact Dr. Wendy Valerio (wvalerio@mozart.sc.edu) with questions. 

School Closure Activities: March 23-27, 2020

Dear Students and Families, 

We love making music in person with our St. Peter’s students; however, to COVID-19 precautions, we must find other ways of making music. Please use the following link to make music during the week of March 23-27. We will post new links next week as needed. Please stay safe and remember to sing!

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ZUWUDa8Qx7oJIe2rwMWGgdo1DGdsMpMK?usp=sharing

Please contact Dr. Wendy Valerio (wvalerio@mozart.sc.edu) with questions. 

School Closure Activities: March 16-20, 2020

Dear Students and Families, 

We love making music in person with our St. Peter’s students; however, to COVID-19 precautions, we must find other ways of making music. Please use the following links to make music during the week of March 16-20. We will post new links next week. Please stay safe and remember to sing!

Grades K4-K5:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1L0ZSIxYbWZF5vmOnc7LrZ1qdNnWFi3zco6ML6ioWk3U/edit?usp=sharing

Grade 1:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pJr1QARUc41MOUpX7KRSuCKq6E7eVwu8fi0W9YbLzZE/edit?usp=sharing

Grade 2:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1p3aqSzZ2BH0aAUXk_HoFJCcPyQvRqL3SpViH-zRpz-Q/edit?usp=sharing

Grades 3-6:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1_QPPVxhBe1_50Cl8FuR0qLr2l3NFw2Pu?usp=sharing

Best! 

Dr. Valerio, Ms. Caswell, and Ms. Johnson

I Wonder as I Wander (4th, 5th, and 6th-grade Audition)

CLICK HERE for the LINK to the Dropbox Recording

Lyrics

I wonder as I wander out under the sky

How Jesus my Saviour did come forth to die

For poor on’ry people like you and like I

I wonder as I wander out under the sky

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.

May 2018

All Grades

We are so excited for our Spring Concert month! The theme of our concert is “Our Place in the World” and your students have been working since March to put on this program for you all. It will be held at the Copenhaver Band Hall at USC (just like last year). We will be performing a selection of songs and folk dances. We might even have you join in on the fun! We are also very excited to have been invited to the Midland’s Catholic Schools Concert at Cardinal Newman. We have nine very talented students who will be spending the afternoon at Cardinal Newman for this special event.

May will be a busy month but we are looking forward to sharing music with you all! Here are some dates for you to remember:

Midland’s Catholic Schools Concert at 6:00 PM on May 14, 2018, at Cardinal Newman HS

St. Peter’s Spring Concert at 7:00 PM on May 17, 2018, at Copenhaver Band Hall located on USC Campus.

We look forward to seeing you at the concert!

April 2018

K4, K5, 5th and 6th Grade

Hello Saint Peter’s families. I hope you had a relaxing Spring Break and a very Happy Easter. The next few months will be very busy for Saint Peters’ music students and I’m looking forward to preparing for the concert. Our Spring Concert will be held on May 17th so mark your calendars now! All grades will be preparing Folk Dances similarly to last year and we are also preparing a few vocal selections to present as well.

K4 and K5 will be working to prepare two folk dances, both of which are circle dances. We are also working on two songs to perform for our friends and families at the concert in May.

The 5th and 6th grade will be working to prepare three folk dances: two circle dances and a square dance. We are building on previous knowledge regarding folk dance vocabulary to help our learning process. The 5th and 6th grades have also been working to prepare four vocal selections for our Spring Concert.

It’s a month of music and movement. We can’t wait to share it with you all!

March 2018

K4, K5, 5th and 6th Grade

In K4 and K5, we have continued learning how to move around the room using types of movements (high, middle, and low space, curvy and straight pathways, and open and closed shapes). We have improvised melodies to a chord progression with the ukulele and many of us shared our created songs. This is a continuation of our creativity in music. During the month of March, we will also be preparing a few songs and folk dances to share with our families and friends during the spring concert.

In 5th and 6th grade, we performed the story of The Grasshoppers and the Ants to the classroom teachers and to Ms. Arrasmith. The students sang, chanted, and played barred instruments. In the month of March, students will be preparing material for the upcoming spring concert. We are going to learn 3 different folk dances, two circle dances, and a square dance. We also will learn a piece on the barred instruments. Finally, we are working on four pieces to share during our spring concert. The theme for our concert focuses on our place in the world and we can’t wait to share it with you!

February 2018

K4, K5, 5th and 6th Grade

In K4 and K5, we have discovered new ways of moving through space. We have learned high, middle, and low space, curvy and straight pathways, and open and closed shapes. We have explored these movement qualities by moving around the room while singing and chanting in various tonalities and meters. We are continuing to work on determining same and different tonal patterns and individuals have created different patterns. When we are different than each other in music, we are exploring creativity in music! How exciting that we can appreciate what each person has to offer through creativity in music.

In 5th and 6th grade, we have learned a song in a round called “Grasshoppers Three”. We have also learned a chant about working all summer long and have learned a song to sing while using barred instruments such as glockenspiels and xylophones. In the month of February, the 5th and 6th grade will be putting these new songs together to act out the fable of The Grasshoppers and the Ants in class. This fable focuses on the importance of preparing today for tomorrow’s needs. The story will be narrated while the students bring the tale to life with singing, chanting, movement, and drama.

January 2018

Music (All Grades)

Thank you to all of the parents, friends, and family members that came to our Christmas Program on December, 14th, “Gifts of the Spirit”. We are so pleased with the students and are so proud of their hard work. The program contained music that was quite challenging and they accomplished so many musical and personal goals in preparation for the program. We are excited to discover what 2018 has in store for St. Peter’s Music Program.

K4, K5, 5th and 6th Grade

Music classes will resume the week of January 16. K4 and K5 will begin the new year by exploring music creativity and music literacy in a variety of tonalities and meters. They will be creating their own rhythm and tonal patterns and sharing them with each other. They will also be establishing literacy skills by reading rhythm and tonal patterns. We are looking to begin notation in K5 in the next few months!

The 5th and 6th graders will continue improving their music literacy, creativity, and improvisations skills by working together, sharing ideas and learning from each other through music games and activities. We will also be learning some new folk dances and strengthening our movement skills and movement vocabularies.