The music program at Holy Family Elementary strives to develop a strong foundation in musical abilities and an understanding of how they relate to the students and their culture. The students are exposed to many styles of music to create in them the ability to recognize music as an art form and an appreciation of the aesthetic value that it has in our society.
All students from Kindergarten through Grade Six participate in the classroom music program which is largely based on the Orff-Schulwerk methodology. Orff-Schulwerk is a music method that combines all aspects of the arts – song, speech, creative movement/dance and instrument playing. This approach to music teaching and learning is based on things children like to do: sing, chant rhymes, clap, dance, and keep a beat or play a rhythm. Everyone is encouraged to participate at his/her own level and to succeed at that level. Above all, children who work in the “Orff way” experience the joy and satisfaction of creating something uniquely their own. This is a fundamental and basic element of the Orff approach. Through these creations come competence and growth in self-confidence.
Throughout the school year each grade level is given the opportunity to perform for the school as well as their parents through assemblies and concerts. The choirs (grade 1-6) are non-select and provide students the opportunity to develop and enhance their musical talents and skills. These ensembles regularly participate in school concerts, assemblies, choral festivals and performances in and around the community. There are also music enrichment opportunities for students in Grades 5 and 6 during the lunch hour.
Instrumental Band Program: Holy Family School has a band that provides Grade 5 and 6 students with the opportunity to develop music literacy, physical and aural skills and knowledge.~ The band performs at assemblies, school concerts, and music festivals.