I am excited to be teaching music for my fifth year at St. Ignatius, and my twelfth year in Catholic Schools. I’ve enjoyed many years accompanying children's choirs, teaching guitar and bass lessons, directing musicals, and accompanying Masses. When not teaching, I write, record, and perform rock and pop music. I strive to empower our students to be comfortable with their singing voices in private and public, read and write the language of music, and build a lifetime relationship with music.
Pre-School (Classes meet twice a week for twenty minutes)
Kindergarten, First, Second, and Third Grades
Classes meet three times per week for thirty minutes.
Students sing and move to songs that illustrate basic musical concepts. Rhythm instruments are added as accompaniment to outline the steady beat and simple rhythms. Students will dramatize many songs and learn to be good audience members. We will learn liturgical songs to sing at Mass and celebratory songs for special occasions and holidays.
Fourth and Fifth Grades
Classes meet two times per week for forty minutes.
In our General Music class, students will listen to and perform songs that illustrate more advanced musical concepts. Reading and writing music are practiced with real-life musical examples. Students will explore harmony singing and vocal technique with attention to blending registers.
On Thursdays, the Fourth Grade will be divided into Beginning Band and Recorder Class. Beginning Band is held in the cafeteria and run by MUSE. Recorder players meet in the Junior High Music Room and rehearse progressively more difficult songs to
earn belts in the Recorder Karate program.
Fourth and Fifth grade students may also join the Choir. We meet Tuesdays after school in the Junior High Music Room.
Classes meet two times per week for forty five minutes.
Our main focuses for the year will be Reading and Writing Rhythms, Warm-ups and Breathing Exercises, Vocal Tone and Blend, Music Technology, Mass Music, the Christmas Program, Drum Ensemble Performance and Composition, and Arranging.
As always, we will learn and perform a class song and a combined Jr. High song at the
Christmas Program. Student suggestions are welcome and encouraged as usual.
Another new fun unit we will work on this year is Popular Song Study. Throughout the
year, students may bring in a popular song to consider for an in depth study. We will
analyze the songs to determine their time signatures, tonality, melodic contour,
instrumentation, rhyme scheme, and theme. This will also help us understand the
different tastes our classmates have, and hopefully help us discover some new favorite
To follow up on Popular Song Study, we’ll listen to more podcasts from the Pandora
Musicology Show to get a closer look behind the scenes of how songs are created.
We will continue to explore percussion ensemble pieces; from Discipline, Respect, and
Unity through Music and Body Percussion Rondos.
As we grow comfortable reading and playing in our ensemble, we will each compose
new rhythms for the class to play.
Classes that advance quickly in the Percussion Ensemble will have the opportunity to
study how to read, write, and play music on a drum set.
Once we have a good idea of ways we can play with sound, we can try our hand at
producing and engineering some recordings as a class.
Rehearses once per week for thirty minutes.
Volunteers from 4-8th grade will meet on Tuesday afternoons to work on songs for all
the school Masses. They will also have a chance to perform a song at the Christmas
Program and other special events throughout the year.
The group is open not only to singers, but to instrumentalists as well. Students playing
instruments don’t have to play every song at Masses, but can begin with one and
branch out as they become comfortable playing more.
We will build on the familiar songs with new harmonies and arrangements as well as
explore new music based on the themes of our Masses throughout the year. Choir
members will also have the opportunity to suggest songs for the Masses to ensure that
we have a balance of familiar songs as well as new songs that have not been used for
school Masses in the past. This choir is a wonderful chance for students to share their
talent and creativity in a role of both leadership and service.