The Music curriculum of St. Katharine Drexel Catholic School is designed to broaden a student’s general knowledge of basic musical skills and concepts at all levels of elementary education. Through participation in the music program, students are lead in a deeper appreciation of liturgy, ethnic cultures, and musical styles. Music holds a prominent place in the spectrum of Arts and is of paramount importance in the development of the whole child.
The music program combines music literacy, appreciation, participation, and performance. Our philosophy is to teach the basics of music in ways that engage students and show them that music is all around us. As early as kindergarten, children begin to learn the value of music in their lives. Their musical experiences begin with singing and simple movements, and progress to chants, rounds, singing in parts, and playing rhythm instruments. These kinds of experiential learning give students knowledge of rhythm, melody, harmony, and note-reading. Using thoughtfully chosen supplementary materials, our program expands children’s awareness of many different styles of music, and encourages their appreciation of cultural similarities and differences. Performances of song and dance at many points in the year, including Christmas and spring programs, give children memorable opportunities to share what they have learned with appreciative audiences.
Meet the Instructor
Mrs. Quaranto has been a music teacher in the Archdiocese for 14 years. In addition to her 14 years as a classroom music teacher she has also directed elementary school choirs, plays and talent shows. Mrs. Quaranto is also the music director at St. John Bosco parish in Hatboro, PA. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, singing and teaching spin class.