February Music News

2/14/19:  Fifth Grade are working on musical theater projects in groups.  The musicals chosen are:  Sound of Music, Annie, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, and The Wizard of OZ.

During the month of February, students are learning music associated with Black History Month.

We are encouraging students who love to sing to cantor the Responsorial Psalm and Gospel Acclamation at the student Masses through the week. We plan to have some training sessions starting in March.  More information to come.







1/25/19 Expectations

Band and Strings Classes:  Instrumental students are expected to practices 60 minutes per week with documentation on submitted practice record signed by a parent or guardian.  Students are to submit the practice record on Monday of the following the week of practice.  Students who submit the practice records after Wednesday of the week will lose points.  Grades are currently based on these practice logs.  In order to master skills on any instrument, practice outside of school rehearsals is necessary.  There will be two playing exams this semester, which will be tested at the end of each quarter.  

For extended vacations, such as Christmas, Easter, Spring Break--students will not be required to submit a practice record.

Middle-School Band:  Rehearsals are M-W-TR at 7:35 AM.  Promptness and attendance is expected.

General Music Classes:  Intermediate classes (3rd, 4th, 5th grades) will receive a weekly grade on classroom effort.  This  requires attentive listening, respect, participation, and effort. 


We have talented students at SMCS, and it is my goal to make the music learning environment safe and encouraging for all to develop their God-given talent.

Manning Music Rent to Own Option for Band and Orchestra Instruments

Go to:  http://manningmusic.net/

Click on: "rentals"

Choose your instrument.

Rental Brochures are available at Manning Music.  This is a rent-to-own option.  There will be more information on this later.

Website link for John Jacobson's Music Express Magazine


This is a general music curriculum that employs digital access as well as student magazines six times per year.  All strategies are linked to standards and include instrumental (recorder and Orff percussion), vocal (unison and harmony), multicultural dances, music history, and biographical sketches of musicians from Renaissance to current artists.  The digital feature includes dance demonstrations, musical concepts, listening maps, musical composition (Noteflight), and choreography. Many of the digital features are interactive. This curriculum/license has been purchased for the 2018-19 school year. The website gives a good overview of what the subscription offers.  

Ms. Noll