Marilyn Enos, Music and Liturgy Coordinator
I am very grateful for the opportunity to be able to work with the students, staff and parents this year at St. Jude the Apostle School! I love teaching – to help students discover their musical gifts, to grow in love with the liturgy, and to be fully “active” in their participation. I was blessed to have teachers throughout my elementary, middle and high school years, who helped me discover my musical gifts and encouraged me to pursue, participate and perform. I want to pass this blessing along to our students.
Kindergarten, First and Second Grade will explore the gift of music through singing, movement, listening, story, and application (handbells). Kinder and 1st will also work on Listening Journals, and Second Grade, The Stories and Songs of Jesus. Third Grade will continue to sing and play handbells, and learn about the Symphony Orchestra, as well as listen and watch various famous musical stories. In Fourth Grade, we explore the history of music, learning about the major periods – Baroque through Modern – and some of the many composers who wrote during each time period. Fifth Grade will learn to read and write music through the study of Music Theory. We use two workbooks: Essentials of Music Theory and Practical Theory, to introduce and reinforce concepts. Rhythm is reinforced by the use of rhythm sticks and students will learn to play handbells by reading notes, rather than by color. Junior High will work with me in Church each week as we sing, sing, sing! K-8th will prepare for our annual Christmas Musical and students, grades 3-8, have the opportunity to participate in our school liturgical choir.
All grades continue to walk together on our faith journey. As I prepare our school’s monthly “class hosted” liturgies, each student is given the opportunity to minister, as well as prepare to actively participate in singing and response. We regularly practice our liturgical music within the classroom, so that we are prepared to be a full participant in our school liturgies.
Choir – Students, grades 3-8, have the opportunity to participate in our school choir. Choir meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:20-12:40 in the 5th grade classroom.
For more information, please contact Marilyn Enos.