Music

“Music, according to widespread tradition, was the first language, the language God spoke to create the universe.” – Peter Kreeft, Boston College

In keeping with the philosophy of education at Saint Columbkille, the music program provides students the opportunity to understand the 7 basic elements of music: melody, harmony, rhythm, tone, form, tempo and dynamics. Students learn to read, write and perform music, vocally, with instruments, as soloists, and in groups. Students’ ability to read, understand, and perform different forms of music will develop as they progress through the grade levels.

The music program at Saint Columbkille encompasses four main components:

  • In-school music classes for all grade levels, PreK through grade 8.
  • Extracurricular clubs that allow students to explore further in music and expand their musical skill sets.
  • An after-school fee based lesson program for those students who would like to gain proficiency on specific instruments.
  • Students come together in various ensembles throughout the course of the week. For example, school band, select choir and junior choir.

For information on the extracurricular and fee-based lessons, please see below or contact musicprogram@stcps.org.

Piano (Grades 1 – 8)

Classes start the week of September 11, 2017 and end the week of May 14, 2018. There will be 32 sessions in the school year. The cost of the program for the year is $600. Various payment option are available.

Classes will be 30 minutes long on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, individual lessons. Time slots will be determined based on student’s ability and communicated by September 8, 2017. Students should have a keyboard to practice at home.

Click here to sign up for the piano program.

Suzuki Violin (K1 – Grade 3)

Classes start week of September 11, 2017 and end the week of May 14, 2018. There will be 32 sessions in the school year. The cost of the program for the year is $600. Various payment option are available.

Classes are 30 minutes long limited to 3 students and will be on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for students K2 to Grade 3. The Saturday classes are a parent and child class for students in grade K1. Time slots will be determined based on student’s ability and communicated by September 8, 2017.

INSTRUMENTS

Violin rentals are available from Johnson’s String Instruments in Newton Tel: 617-964-0954, 800-359-9351,  http://www.johnsonstring.com
Violin purchases are available through Central Music in Brockton 508-586-4970, http://www.centralmusicii.com/

MATERIALS

Suzuki School Vol. 1 (music book and CD) $18.00 (see teacher for purchase details) Beginning Scale CD available from Johnson’s String Instruments.  For older students-ABCs of Violin by Janice Tucker Rhoda

Reference Books are available from Johnson String Instruments:

Nurtured by Love (Shinichi Suzuki) Dr. Suzuki’s own story of his life, work, and philosophy of education for young children.
To Learn with Love (William Starr) A parents’ guide with helpful tips for motivation and home practice.

VIOLIN TEACHERS

Morgan Scagliotti: B.M. Cleveland Institute of Music, M.M. Boston University. Ms. Scagliotti was the winner of the Solo Bach Competition in 2008 at Boston University and performs with the Portland Symphony. Suzuki Institute of Boston staff training program. She provides positive and supportive preparation for youth orchestra auditions.

Sonia Voskuil: BA Harvard University Extension School. Suzuki violin studies with Louise Wear, Durham, NH; violin studies with Robin Bushman, Strawberry Banke Summer Chamber Music Ensemble, Portsmouth. All-State violinist three years; All-New England; New Hampshire Youth Orchestra; Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Walter Eisenburg. Violin studies in Boston with Gerald Gelbloom, Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Click here to learn about the Suzuki Method of Teaching.

Click here to sign up for the Suzuki Violin program.

Band Program (Grades 4-8)

Classes start week of September 11, 2017 and end the week of May 14, 2018. There will be 32 weeks of the program. Instruments include: clarinet, trumpet, trombone, flute, french horns, and drums. Woodwinds will have classes after school on Mondays and Wednesdays. Brass and Percussion will have both in school classes as well as individual lessons during after school.  The schedule will be arranged with Mr. Sylvester. The entire ensemble will meet on Fridays for group practice. There will be 3 concerts: December, BC Idol and during the spring.

The cost of the program for the year is $600. Various payment option are available.

Click here to for the Band Program Handbook.

Music and Arts is also able to offer private lessons to any students that are interested. Please contact them directly.

INSTRUMENT PURCHASE OR RENTAL

Saint Columbkille Partnership School has a small number of trombones and french horns that are available to rent.  Please contact the music program at musicprogram@stcps.org for more information.

Instruments can be rented or purchased through Music and Arts in Newton. Their address is 841 Beacon Street, Newton Center, MA 02459-1822, Tel 617-332-3578, website: http://stores.musicarts.com/newton.

Click here to sign up for the Band program.

Recorder (K2)

Recorder classes for K2 and Grade 1 students (only if they have previously participated in recorder classes) will begin the week of September 11, 2017 and end the week of May 14, 2018. The yearly fee is $200. Classes will be on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 3 to 4 pm.

Click here to sign up for the Recorder program.

Dance Classes (Grades 1 to 8)

From September 15, 2017 to June 1, 2018 Saint Columbkille Partnership School along with Aashka Company will offer dance classes on Fridays for students in grade 1 to 8 . This is a year long program (30 weeks) and the students will explore various dance styles such as Hip Hop, Latin Dances, Krump and prepare to perform in our Music Showcase.

Dance classes will take place on Fridays including the days we have 1:15 pm early dismissal. We will communicate the final class schedule and time slots by Wednesday, September 8, 2017. The groups will be split by dance experience and participation in the after school program. There are 3 pm classes, 4 pm classes and 4:45 pm classes. If you have any requests regarding time slots, please email dance@stcps.org. We will do our best to accommodate them.

Click here to sign up for the Dance program.