music curriculum


Pre-K  |  Junior K  |  Kindergarten  |  Elementary  |  Middle School


In our Pre-Kindergarten, music class is designed to create an environment where students can’t wait to come to class every week. They are introduced to concepts that most schools wait for until students are much older. It is within this school’s curriculum that the basics of reading music are introduced.

  • Counting Rhythms

  • Note Values

  • Note Identification

  • Choreography

  • Singing

  • Music Theory Concepts

  • Introduction to Instruments

  • Music Appreciation (Via Listening to Various Styles of Music)

  • Performance Etiquette

  • Performance Opportunities on Stage

Junior Kindergarten

The Junior Kindergarten curriculum introduces the basics of:

  • Reading Music (Recognizing and Writing Music Notes)

  • Music Appreciation

  • Performance Etiquette

  • Singing and Matching Pitches

  • Recognition of Musical Instruments

  • Vocal Warm-Ups

  • Two-Part Singing Groups


In the Kindergarten Music class, students expect the following:

  • A loving, nurturing environment;

  • Vocal warm-ups to encourage matching pitches and proper singing technique;

  • Board work and competitions to learn basic mechanics of music;

  • An introduction to sight reading music;

  • Writing and noting notes and simple melodies;

  • Musical flash cards;

  • Music appreciation via listening to CDs of classical music and introduction to Music History;

  • Movement to help with explanations about rhythms and how to interpret them;

  • Singing songs that are age-appropriate and ones that they should know; and,

  • Performance etiquette.

Elementary School

In the Elementary Music class, students expect the following:

  • Vocal music and proper singing techniques for unified sound;

  • Music theory concepts which lead to the ability to read and comprehend music;

  • Sight singing techniques;

  • Performance opportunities and proper etiquette;

  • Music appreciation while introducing Music History and composers;

  • Movement;

  • Board games corresponding to music; and,

  • Vocal warm-ups.

By 3rd grade, the emphasis is on:

  • Two-part choral singing;

  • Vocal warm-ups for pitch matching;

  • Proper performance etiquette;

  • Music theory lessons which incorporate the skill of reading notes;

  • Sight singing exercises;

  • Music appreciation;

  • Music games;

  • Scale writing;

  • Basic music writing in different key signatures;

  • Choreographed singing to Broadway songs; and,

  • Teaching the skill of reading rhythms.

Middle School

The goals in Music class at Saint’ Joseph’s Episcopal School for the first semester in Grades Six through Eight are to introduce students to music theory and depending on their level, place students in the proper workbook to support their musical literacy which involves regular testing. Another goal is to teach sight singing using the solfege method of singing by assigning “Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La, Ti, Do” to the letter names of the notes according to what key the song is written in with regularly scheduled vocal checks. Pitch matching is imperative, as well as teaching the student how to read parts in choral singing as they sing with a uniform sound. Regular choral music is introduced, as well as hymn-style singing for the Christmas program. The following list is what a student can expect to study in Music class at Saint Joseph’s, as well as the many benefits:

  • Key signatures;

  • Sight singing/basic reading of music;

  • Three-part harmony singing (soprano, alto, tenor);

  • Uniform singing with proper vowel pronunciation;

  • Concert and performance etiquette;

  • Behavior in a choir and the discipline required for a good choir;

  • Team work;

  • Note names, musical terms, and basic music theory;

  • Pitch matching, breath control, and vocal warm-ups; and,

  • An emphasis on listening skills.

The second semester consists of participation in a chosen production. Those cast, which is the majority of the class, are expected to rehearse the music in preparation for the musical scheduled for the end of the year. The music teacher is responsible for teaching the music to the students and coaching them to become strong leaders on stage with their performance contributions. The music teacher is also responsible for organizing the orchestra and playing the piano for accompaniment for all performances and rehearsals as the students are carefully and lovingly coached to new heights. The following are expectations and benefits of participating in a Performing Arts class at Saint Joseph’s Private Episcopal Academy:

  • How to audition for a musical;

  • Help overcome fears of being on stage;

  • Become stronger leader as a stage performer;

  • Singing out, Broadway style, rather than choral style;

  • Becoming a soloist;

  • Theatre etiquette;

  • Discipline of stage work and rehearsal;

  • Responsible for learning individual musical parts;

  • Part-singing in the group numbers;

  • Learning to sing and dance at the same time; and,

  • Learning to sing with an orchestra or small trio of accompaniment.