In The Classroom
St. Brigid School provides an extensive musical education for its students. All students, not just choir members, are beneficiaries of this unique program. Next year, we will enter Stage Five of a unique 5-stage program, centering on the Ward and Kodaly Methods, a graded system based on vocal music, stressing music reading and artistic expression. The methods are used exclusively in K-8. All grades have music instruction several times a week. Students learn to read and experience music through listening, singing, writing, and moving. At Stage Five, the choir will rehearse five days per week.
To enhance the Kodaly and Ward Methods, classroom instrument instruction is integrated into the curriculum. Recorders are taught in grades 3 and 4, strings in grades 5 and 6, and handbells in grades 7 and 8. The lower grades will have some percussion instruments integrated into their music study.
The choir school project is partially funded by St. Mary’s Cathedral.