All students at St. Helen School attend music each week. Fourth grade through eighth grade attend music once a week for a 60 minute class. Kindergarten thru third grade attend music twice a week for a 40 minute class. Students sing, review hymns for mass, listen to many styles of music, move to music, play instruments, create music and play games. Students read notes on the staff, study and develop steady beats, meter, rhythms, dynamic markings, tempo markings and learn many music terms. Middle school students add a technology component and creative/research projects to their studies.
There are many other opportunities outside of music class to enrich student musical experiences:
Choir: Students in grades 3-5 can join an extracurricular morning class. We perform several concerts a year and go on field trips. In the past, we’ve sung at the Dayton Holiday Festival, Hometown Holiday, Eintracht Singing Society, Creative Spirit Arts Festival, The Dayton Dragons, Kings Island and St. Helen Bazaar, St. Helen volunteer luncheon and the St. Helen Parish Festival.
Cantors: Students in grades 6-8 can also join another extracurricular morning class, leading other students in school Mass each week.
Band: In addition, the Carroll High School Band Department offers a tuition program, for students grade 5 through 8, to learn band instruments several times a week during and after school.
In the past: Grandparents Day Program, Fine Arts Day Programs, and Spring Musicals are events that have occurred, we plan to bring back soon.
“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.”
Mrs. Geanna Schwaegerle
Updated: September 11, 2022