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The Music Program engages students in music appreciation by creating an exciting learning environment with a goal of understanding various types of music and musical cultural differences. We accomplish this goal through performing, creating, and responding to music per the Archdiocese of Washington Standards. The students learn how to sing in multiple languages, including the use of American Sign Language, as well as gain a broad understanding of music, musicians, and instruments from around the world. Students learn dances to accompany songs for the Spring Show and throughout the year when studying various cultures. The Music Program is interdisciplinary, referencing other academics and utilizing projects that collaborate and engage on a multi-disciplined platform. Technology is incorporated using Safe YouTube videos and music software on ipads and Chromebooks.

  • Grades Pre-K-5: In the elementary school, the emphasis is on performing. Fourth grade learns to play the recorder, and other grades learn to use various instruments to accompany an array of songs. There are many opportunities for performances throughout the year, including our Christmas and Spring Music Program along with Grandparent’s Day. As the students’ progress, they acquire the skills to read and write music.

  • Grades 6-8: Once our students reach middle school, they build on their previous skills. Students in grades 6th-8th listen to and analyze music and musical performances. They begin to understand the relationship between music and art, history, and culture. Opportunities to perform throughout the year include the Christmas and Spring Music Programs, along with Grandparent’s Day.

Choir Groups (Extracurricular)

St. Martin’s School offers students the opportunity to participate in two separate choir groups. Our Middle School Choir performs at various functions throughout the school year, such as Open Houses, Archdiocesan concerts, and other school wide events such as the Christmas Show, Grandparent’s Day, and our monthly all-school Masses. Our Children’s Choir is open to students in grades 3rd-8th and performs at our monthly Saturday Children’s Mass. Repertoire includes modern, secular, and religious songs. Practices are held afterschool.

Band (Extracurricular)

St. Martin’s School in partnership with the Archdiocese of Washington Music Program offers a weekly musical instruction elective for students in grades 4th through 8th from September to May. Students enjoy classes organized by instrument and degree of advancement. For the second year in a row, our Advanced Band received a superior rating at the Archdiocese of Washington Spring Band Festival. St. Martin’s was one of only five out of the sixteen performing bands to receive this highest rating.

  • The advanced band has an additional rehearsal after school.
  • Instruction is offered during the school day on a variety of instruments, including flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone horn, snare drum, and bells. After a year of instruction, older students can switch to bass clarinet, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, or tuba with permission of the teacher.
  • Band performances for all students are held twice during the school year. The advanced band performs an additional concert in the spring for judges at a band festival.
  • First-year students do not become members of the school advanced band until they reach a prescribed level of advancement.
  • Students who have completed at least one year of their instrument are welcome to play at the ADW band camp in the summer.
  • A few older students may be nominated by the band teacher to play in a special honors band in the spring.
  • Fee: There is an annual, non-refundable registration fee and tuition charge payable to the ADW for lessons and rehearsals. The ADW Music Program offers families a variety of payment options. Families are responsible for renting and caring of the instrument. Purchasing an instrument is not recommended.