MUSIC & THE ARTS

Learning happens in so many different ways.  St. Bartholomew's mission is to educate the whole child.  Students have the ability to express themselves with music, art and other enrichment programs that compliment and expand upon our academic curriculum.  The Arts are broadly supported at St. Bartholomew with offerings in, MUSIC, FINE ART, theater and various enrichment programs.  

Students at St. Bartholomew school engage in cross curricular learning with the arts.  Art and music classes, as well as enrichment classes are closely coordinated with classroom curriculums so that students can experience learning material on multiple levels and with different modalities.

School Music Program

Through the experience of singing, moving, playing instruments, and improvising, children experience another type of learning. These developing skills encourage and engage students in other subject areas, through exposure to a wide variety of mathematic, cultural and historical subjects. The students will learn better coordination and enhance their vocabularies, while gaining confidence and learning to express themselves in a new way. Our students will study a variety of musical styles and genres; learn about their origins and their relation to other disciplines.

All students will participate in:

  • playing a variety of instruments

  • listening and assessing different elements of music 

  • examine techniques for proper instrumental and vocal performance

  • learn appropriate vocabulary for discussing music.


The upper grades will learn rhythmic/melodic notation and advance their ability to read music.

We will prepare music as a whole school for the Christmas Pageant.  We will also prepare for Mass both musically and spiritually, learning more about our faith through song.

ADW Band Program

St. Bartholomew School participates with the ADW Music Program.  The school band is a wonderful way for young students to be introduced to band instruments and to playing ensemble music.  

Students who participate in the program are given private instrument instruction at the school once a week throughout the school year.  Students also participate in a once-a-week, after school band practice with other students in the band.  

Band members perform at two band recitals a year.  Our band director is Ms. Caroline Aylward.

MUSIC PROGRAM
FINE ART PROGRAM

The Fine Arts curriculum focuses on Elements of Art and Principles of Design, as well as exposure to Art History and visual artists.  Visual processing, critical thinking, development of visual/spatial intelligences are focused upon.  The curriculum provides the opportunity to work with a wide variety of visual art media, such as drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, collage, assemblage, and photography in smaller or larger format.  The program stresses that children should have access to different materials and techniques from an early age to build their visual art vocabulary.  Art lessons are often supported with age appropriate literature and, when relevant, with cross-curricular connections with their academic subject matter.

Fine Art Curriculum by Grade:
 
 

ST. BARTHOLOMEW

                             

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