“Seat belts, everyone!” We look forward to hosting the Omaha Symphony here at our school with their Mission Imagination concert called “The Symphonic School Bus-Get Instrumental”. By exploring all the different instrument families of the orchestra, students will work to make their dynamic deductions as to how each family uses vibrations to create music and unlock the secrets to the masterpiece. As teacher always says, “Take chances, make mistakes, and get messy!” Our PreKindergarten to 3rd graders will be attending this concert on Tuesday, May 1st. in the Parish Center. Our Pre-Kindergarten classes have begun learning and rehearing their songs for their upcoming end of the year which will be held on Friday, May 18th at 8:30 a.m. in the Parish Center. Our Kindergarten classes are reviewing and wrapping up the year with our friends Beethoven Bear, Mozart Mouse and Clara the Cat. They will be working on learning and rehearsing their program songs for their end of the year performance which will be Tuesday, May 22nd at 8:30 a.m. in the school gym. The first and third grade students did a fabulous performance of their spring musical called “It’s a Hit!” The first grade students have moved on to a jazz unit learning about scat singing and jazz composers like Thomas “Fats” Waller, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, and Louie Armstrong. Our 3rd graders have been having a review of line and space notes and rhythm values and will begin their recorder unit. Our 2nd graders have been studying the music of a French composer, Camille Saint-Saen’s “Carnival of the Animals” and currently are learning about a Norwegian composer named Edvard Grieg and his musical composition called “Peer Gynt”. Recently, our 4th graders had a wonderful experience with the Recorder LinkUp concert at the Holland Performing Arts Center. The concert included music from Dvorak’s “New World Symphony”, Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” from his 9th Symphony, and Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite” and songs of “Simple Gifts”, “To Make Words Sing” and its finale of “Simple Melody”. The students also had a music mentor, Mr. Stromquist, who is a trombonist with the Omaha Symphony. He made two visits with each classroom demonstrating his trombone and addressing concert etiquette and the acoustics of the Holland. It is a wonderful experience that the students really enjoy. The 8th grade students are finishing and reviewing the musical eras covering Medieval Era to the Romantic Era. We will be enjoying a little walk down ‘memory lane’ and watching the highlights of their 9 years of musicals. It’s hard to believe they will soon be graduating and moving on to high school. We wish them much success in the future and hope many continue to expand upon their musical talents.
Currently our Pre-Kindergarten students continue to work with steady beat and matching pitch with various musical storybooks. Kindergarten continue to study Mozart Mouse and Beethoven Bear, and Clara Schumann the Cat. They have reviewed high/low, fast/slow, and loud/soft and are now working with steady beats and identifying quarter notes. 1st and 3rd graders have begun working on their upcoming soccer themed musical of “It’s A Hit!” which will be presented on Thursday, March 8th at 7:00 p.m. in the school gym. This musical celebrates the beauty and glory of the sport baseball and how working together as a team we can accomplish amazing things together! The 4th graders are preparing for the Recorder Linkup program. They are learning about reading music, working in a musical ensemble and concert behavior. They will then unite with hundreds of other students from throughout the metro area for a concert with the Omaha Symphony at the Holland Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, April 4th! 8th Grade continues to study the musical eras of Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and Romantic while studying other composers of Palestrina, Bach, Beethoven and Mussorgky and Schubert.
Music Department has been busy preparing for several upcoming events. Thursday, November 8th the 5th/6th graders will take to the stage to present “High School Musical Jr.” at 7:00 p.m. in the gym. Grandparents are more than welcome to attend a special matinee on Thursday, November 8th at 1:45 p.m. in the gym. A special section will be reserved just for them! We had six students in 4th and 5th grades who will be participating in the Nebraska All-State Children’s Choir. They include 4th Graders: Clare E., Lucy M., and Will H. and 5th Graders: Nathan B., Annie H. and Katie S.. These students will attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on Thursday, November 16th to be a part of a 350 student choir consisting of students from the entire state of Nebraska. They will be working with an internationally-known conductor, Rollo Dilworth. They will perform a concert in the Lied Center of Performing Arts at 4:00 p.m. for their families. The 2nd/4th Graders have begun working on their upcoming Christmas program “The Lights of Jingle Bell Hill”. Their performances will be Thursday, December 7th with a 2:00 p.m. matinee for Grandparents and a 7:00 p.m. performance in the gym that evening. The 7th/8th Grade Girls Chorus will be performing before the 2nd/4th Grade program as well as a special performance by our Nebraska All-State Children’s Choir. The Girl Chorus will then be performing for the residents at New Cassel Retirement Center on Tuesday, Dec. 12th at 2:15 p.m. Pre-Kindergarten will present their special “Gingerbread Christmas” program Friday, December 15th in the Parish Center at 8:30 a.m. and then we will top off the day with the Kindergarten Christmas program at 2:45 p.m. in the gym…also on Friday, December 15th! Please mark your calendars now for all of these wonderful performances! First graders will soon be learning about the wonderful composer, Peter Tchaikovsky and his fantastic “The Nutcracker”. The 3rd graders will be learning about the composer George F. Handel and his famous “Hallelujah Chorus” from the Messiah. Eighth grade students recently enjoyed a day at the Joslyn Art Museum with the Omaha Symphony’s “Celebrate Creativity” project. Please check out the 8th grade page with pictures for our wonderful day and it’s musical adventures. The 8th graders will be studying musicals and in particular “West Side Story”. As always, a busy time of year and look forward to seeing you at your child’s performances!
Hi! I'm Mrs. English and I am the music teacher at St. Pius X / St. Leo for Pre-Kindergarten-4th and 8th grade. I am the proud mom of two SPSL graduates! Go Panthers!