Music is taught to every child in every grade level at Trinity Catholic Academy. Following the national standards set forth by the Music Educator’s National Conference, each class meets for music instruction in 30-minute periods twice a week, every week. The music curriculum is based on the methods formulated by international music composer and pedagogue, Zoltan Kodály. Other music methodologies include those of Carl Orff and other contemporary elementary music specialists. Emphasis is placed on teaching traditional American folk songs, dances and games as well as the rich and varied repertoire of the Catholic Church. TCA owns a small Orff instrumentarium and a set of handchimes that are used regularly in music classes.
Music elements and concepts are introduced by grade level according to the following scheme:
- Kindergarten: Emphasis on recognizing and performing the following skills: fast-slow, loud-soft, timbre, steady beat, and reading basic rhythmic patterns
- First Grade: Continued emphasis on recognizing and performing the skills acquired in Kindergarten plus knowledge of basic melodic patterns
- Second Grade: Emphasis on reading rhythmic patterns containing quarter notes, eighth notes, half notes, and their corresponding rests. Melodic reading focusing on the scale degrees so, mi, la, do, and re and differentiating between songs in simple and compound meters
- Third Grade: Reviewing the concepts learned in earlier grades plus the addition of dotted notes and syncopated rhythms. Experimenting writing music in the tonal centers of F, G, and D major.
- Fourth Grade: Introduction of sixteen note patterns and pentatonic scales based on notes other than do. Introduction of scale degrees fa and ti. Use of baroque recorders in the second semester.
- Fifth Grade: Learning to harmonize simple melodies with I, IV, and V chords. Exploring major and minor scales and tonality. Continued use of baroque recorders and handchimes.
- Junior High Chorus (Grades 6, 7 & 8): All students in these grades participate in a combined SAB choir for one hour each week. Choral music of all styles and periods is sung and performed in regular concerts each semester. Music skills are reviewed and put into practice from previous grades in each session. Students learn to sing in parts and the value of teamwork and cooperation to achieve musical and esthetic goals.