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Music

8th grade drumming 
 
 
Our Lady Queen of Angels School believes in the importance of music education for every child and celebrates the scriptural message given in Psalm 98 to “sing to the Lord a new song for He has done marvelous things”! The music curriculum supports the Student Learning Expectation of being a Life Long Learner, which includes developing an appreciation for the Arts.

OLQA embraces the Orff-Schulwerk philosophy of music education, which encourages students to explore improvisation and discover their own creativity. Kindergarten through 3rd grade students have music class twice a week, while grades 4-8 have class once a week. Music classes include singing, playing small percussion and mallet instruments (Xylophones, Glockenspiels), rhythmic movement, as well as music literacy via the Kodaly method and traditional notation. The Soprano Recorder is introduced in 4th grade, Ukulele is introduced in 6th grade. In Junior High (grades 7-8), students listen to and learn about the music of many significant composers who represent different periods of music history. Junior High students also experience playing various world percussion instruments including Tubanos (standing world drums).

All OLQA students participate in the school-wide Christmas program and in Spring, individual grades share musical presentations during school Mass. Singing is an important part of worship at OLQA, so students spend time in class learning and reviewing music for Mass. A select Cantor Ensemble leads school liturgies, which are coordinated with the Parish Director of Music. Students who want more extensive training in vocal development are invited to join the OLQA Parish Children’s Choir which is open to all boys and girls, grades 3-8, who attend Our Lady Queen of Angels School and/or Parish