Music and Band
Welcome to the music and band page for Saint Joseph Catholic School! We offer many exciting opportunities for our students.
Students in K4 through 6th Grade meet for music once each week. Each music class includes activities in which students are singing, chanting, and moving. We not only learn “about” music, but we “do” music; music becomes a verb in our music classes. Students listen to and sing songs in a variety of tonalities and meters from all over the world. We also learn about and play music games from this country and other countries. Students also learn to perform on a variety of percussion instruments in addition to Orff instruments. The Orff instruments are a collection of pitched percussion instruments that include a variety of glockenspiels, xylophones and metallophones. Students will often learn to sing a harmony part for a song and they will then learn how to perform that same harmony part on the instruments.
All students participate in a Christmas program each December. Each grade sings and, often, performs on Orff instruments. This is an exciting event for everyone.
In addition to the regular music classes, Saint Joseph Catholic School also offers other performance opportunities for students. These opportunities include Cantor Chorus and Band.
Students in fifth and sixth grades may volunteer to serve as cantors for our weekly school Masses. Those students who volunteer for this service are automatically in our Cantor Chorus. This group represents our school by performing at our Grandparents Day Prayer Service, the Ecumenical Prayer Service, and other select opportunities throughout the year. This is a fantastic opportunity for those students who love to sing and would like an opportunity to serve in this capacity.
Students in grades four through six may choose to play a band instrument. These classes meet during the school day as a substitute to general music. The band performs at our annual Christmas program and an occasional Mass.
The Music curriculum for the Diocese of Charleston is available on the Diocesan website.