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Music in our Catholic Schools...

posted Jan 30, 2012, 8:46 AM by Steven Vaughan
This school year, I’ve been teaching general music instruction to students in Kindergarten through 5th grade here at Immaculate Heart of Mary School.  But music class isn’t just singing songs!  Children are learning the language of music and how it works using toys and techniques that encourages their creative and critical thinking.  

Many of the items we use in our classroom were purchased off my Wish List at Amazon.com by parishioners.  Your generosity has provided us with musical décor of posters and a “note-worthy” area rug; as well as practical supplies like chalk, labels and tape.  You donated learning materials including flashcards and erasable lap boards.  You bought us percussion instruments such as maracas; a shaker; glockenspiel; wood block; claves and mallets.  You gave us your guitars.  You contributed books on basic music theory like Know Your Note Names; music story books such as My Aunt Came Back; and reference books like A Child’s Guide to the Mass.  And we have a 20-note kids handbell set, which you may have heard used at Masses. 

Unfortunately, Amazon.com does not disclose who purchased which items, so unless you told me what you had bought, I don’t know who our benefactors are.  But words cannot explain the gratitude I feel for so much generosity, and hope you understand how much I appreciate what you have done for me and for the students.  I could not have enjoyed the level of success I’ve reached with them without your help.  For with your kind cooperation, we have brought the magic of music to the school!  And that magic will continue, and hopefully expand at St. Joseph the Worker Academy.   Together, we must continue to support and develop bigger and better music programs in both our schools and our parishes.

If you can, please come to the open house at Immaculate Heart of Mary School after the 11:45 Mass.  But even more importantly, ask any of the students what they’ve learned in music class…
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