Students at St. Margaret of Scotland Parish School have the opportunity to participate in music and performing arts in many different ways. Our classroom music program develops our children’s abilities to sing, play and perform.
Choral and solo singing opportunities abound. In the younger grades, matching pitch is emphasized, and classes progress from unison singing, to echo, to round and to part songs. Students sing solos in the classroom, at weekly liturgies, and at various performances throughout the year.
Students also learn to play a variety of instruments, including percussion, bells, recorders, and keyboard. The goal is that students learn to play simple melodies on keyboards and recorders by the time they graduate. Our kindergarten and preschool parents can choose Suzuki violin lessons for their children.
There is an option for sixth, seventh and eighth graders to choose between general music and choir. General music continues the same strong foundation in music history, instrumental music, and singing begun in the earlier grades. Jr. High Choir emphasizes vocal skills, more complex choral singing and allows frequent opportunities away from school to perform.
Children exposed to performing experiences develop a strong sense of self-esteem and confidence. St. Margaret of Scotland students participate in the Archdiocesan Music Festival yearly, and classrooms have a variety of opportunities to perform throughout the area. The Junior High students perform a Spring Musical every other year.
St. Margaret of Scotland School receives praise for its fine music program and has held the honor of having students perform in the Muny Opera each summer. Many of our graduates have gone on to become excellent performers at their high schools and colleges, with quite a few going into the Arts as their careers. Parents and faculty alike fully support our performing arts program, creating an atmosphere that encourages our children to try something new. Our ultimate goal for all students is that they graduate from St. Margaret’s musically “literate”, with a love and appreciation for many styles of music, and the confidence and desire to express themselves in song, dance, and theater.