Band is a wonderful opportunity, for children in 4th-8th grades,to develop a better sense of musical knowledge, skills and an appreciation for music. It enriches their education by improving concentration, increasing hand-eye coordination and establishing good study habits. The band is showcased many times throughout the year including a Christmas concert, spring concert, and the Buffalo Grove Days parade. Saint Mary School has been proud to host the Catholic Schools' Band Directors' Festival and Solo Contest for 35 years!
As a "sneak peek" at the band program, our band offers a free six-week flutofone class for all Saint Mary 3rd graders in the Spring. At the conclusion of this program the 3rd graders join the band in the Spring concert.
SMS GIRLS CHORUS AND VOICE LESSONS
The school chorus is comprised of students in 4th-8th grades who have a love and enthusiasm for singing. The Sr. Girls Choir (6-8 graders) meets once a week before school while the Jr. Girls Choir (4-5 graders) meet once a week at lunch time. Students practice engaging in proper breathing and singing techniques and sing a wide variety of sacred and secular two and three part repertoire. Chorus students can choose to have voice lessons with the teacher once every two weeks during the school day. The Chorus sings for special school Masses, services and preform in a spring choral concert. Please contact Allison Melville at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
PARISH CHILDREN'S CHOIR
The Parish Children's Choir is a K-8th grade choir that meets weekly in the evening and sings for monthly 11:30 a.m. parish masses. The choir is open to all SMS students and parishioners. Please contact Allison Melville at email@example.com for more information
Drama Workshop, open to Grades 4-6 in the fall, is an after-school activity that is held one day a week for 8 - 10 weeks. This class aims to develop self-esteem by providing children with opportunities to act, dance, and sing in group activities. The first 3 classes concentrate on creative dramatic activities such as movement exercises, pantomimes, age-appropriate improvisations, and short skits that the children create. After the third week, the students begin working on short plays that they will perform for their parents on the last day of class. Because of the variety of activities in this class, students are welcome to take the class more than once.
The Spring Musical is one of the largest performances held throughout the school year. Students in 5th-8th grades are encouraged to audition and participate as cast and chorus. In addition to singers, actors and dancers, 7th and 8th graders make up the pit orchestra and stage crew. Past musicals have included, "A Twist of the Tongue", "Once Upon a Mattress", "Tied to the Tracks" and "The Little Mermaid".
Our Talent Show is one of the year-end traditions school children look forward to. Presented on the afternoon of the last full day of school, students in grades 3-8 are encouraged to share their talents with their teachers and peers. All types of acts are welcomed!
Yearbook Staff is open to 7th and 8th graders. All interested students apply to the faculty adviser. Students work from January through June to take, collect and sort photos, they work on page design and book layout, and finally market and sell the book. The yearbook includes all school students preschool-8th grade. It is a beautiful memory of the year and Yearbook Staff is an enriching opportunity for students.
EXTRAS WITHIN THE MUSIC PROGRAM
Our students at Saint Mary have a myriad of musical opportunities. All students (PreK-8th) receive general music instruction each week. All students practice skills such as singing, playing instruments, moving, reading and composing musical notation, and listening to music from a variety of time periods and cultures. At some grade levels additional activities are built into the general music curriculum.
SECOND GRADE - ORFF INSTRUMENT EXPLORATION
Second grade students have an Orff Instrument Exploration class in addition to their regular music class. Students practice playing xylophones, metallophones, glockenspiels, drums and other percussion instruments throughout the year.
In handbell choir, 3rd - 8th grade students learn about their faith through the power of music and provide their school with the wonderful atmosphere for worship. Students practice techniques for ringing handbells, how to read music, and how to play as part of ensemble. Interested students should contact Matthew Prins at firstname.lastname@example.org
All 1st-8th grade homerooms rotate to participate as music ministers for school Masses. Depending on the grade, each homeroom sings for Mass a number of times throughout the year. Each homeroom prepares for leading and singing at Mass during their music classes. Students in each homeroom are invited to cantor the psalm at Mass as well. Eighth grade students can choose to participate in the Eighth Grade Ensemble which ministers at First Friday all-school Masses. These students sing and play instruments at Mass.