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Teacher: Mary Jo Springer

Teacher:  Mrs. Mary Jo Springer

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This year's Spring Musical will be "Willy Wonka Jr."

Friday April 26 and Saturday April 27, 2013

Auditions will be held Monday, January 7 and Thursday, January 10, from 3-5 p.m. in the lower level Music Classroom.   Callbacks will be held on Friday January 11 at the same time.

The panel of judges will be made up of 5 St. Basil teachers and a school parent.  Each student is asked to prepare a song if they would like to be considered for a main role.  There are also many speaking parts this year!!   ALL STUDENTS grades 3-8 are welcome and encouraged to audition!

Rehearsals will be held Mondays and Wednesdays afterschool beginning in late January and running through the show dates of April 26th  and 27th.  Thursdays may be added to the rehearsal schedule in April if needed.


Pre-K and Kindergarten

The music program for the younger students combines singing, movement, and rhythmic development. During every music class in these grades, we sing together and alone, we dance, and we learn.  All of our activities are based on concepts similar to what our little ones are learning during their school day.  We talk about beginning, middle and ending sounds in words.  We talk about different animals and the words we might use to describe them.  We work on our interpersonal skills such as sharing, listening and taking turns.  We also use our class time to learn and rehearse songs for our Christmas Pageant and our Spring performance.  


Grades 1-3

In grades 1-3, we are still young enough to enjoy the FUN of music and rhythm instruments while beginning our study of musical concepts and basic music theory.  We enjoy dancing and using our instruments while we learn about note values, rhythm and melodic lines.  The students are asked to sing together and alone, to lead the groups in  musical activities and to express themsleves through musical performance.  Once a month, our class is dedicated to reviewing the musical selections for our First Friday mass that we celebrate as a school.  We also rehearse for our Christmas Pageant and Spring Concert during our general music classes.

Grades 4-8

These are the grades when our students are given every opportunity to study music both individually and in small groups.  Our instrumental music program, which begins in the 4th grade, offers weekly small group lessons and weekly full band rehearsals.  We currently have a Beginning Band and an Advanced Chamber Group Band made up of over 20 students.  In addition to our instrumental music program, the children of grades 4-8 are offered a chance to sing with the "First Friday Choir" which rehearses weekly and provides the music for our monthly First Friday Mass.  This year, we entered the B101 Christmas Choir Competition!  Although we weren't selected, we are so proud of our talented singers at St. Basil the Great!

In our General music classes, our students are learning more about where music began and the rich history that music has given us through the past 2000 years.  We learn about composers, different genres and performers.  We talk alot about what music has meant to our faith throughout our Catholic history and the role that it still plays today in our praise and worship of God.  


Sing a new song to God - Sing to God all the earth! ~ Psalms