St. John students have the opportunity to participate in vocal and instrument performance groups, as well as to study music in a more typical classroom setting. Using curriculum tailored to fit the age of each class, students study elements of music history and appreciation as well as music theory. Kindergarten to 5th grade students experience general music for 30 to 90 minutes per week, depending on the age level, while grades 6-8 have the experience music in the Fine Arts schedule block three days each week, with the option of Advanced Band, Handbells and Choir.
Students in 5th grade or older may join Beginning Band, which meets twice a week during school hours. Students 6th grade or older who have had at least one year’s experience may join the Advanced Band, which meets three times a week during school hours. Outside practice is required.
Members of either band have the opportunity to play any of the following instruments:
- Alto Saxophone
- Coronet / Trumpet
- French Horn
- Drums / Percussion
- Additional instruments may be considered per the approval of the band director
St. John choirs strive for the glory of God in excellent singing. Students examine good vocal technique while addressing rhythm, harmony, and other basic musical elements. Each ensemble has the opportunity to sing for chapels, concerts, worship services, community events, and festivals, helping to develop performance skills but also as a way to give thanks to God. Mr. Nick Kwapis, St. John Traditional Praise Worship Director, directs all of the St. John choirs.
Cherub Choir (2nd & 3rd Grades)
St. John’s youngest ensemble emphasizes vocal technique and development through unison singing. Rehearsals are held twice weekly for 30 minutes during class music time. All students in grades 2 & 3 are members of the Chancel Choir.
Cantate Choir (4th & 5th Grades)
The Cantate Choir emphasizes continued growth in vocal technique, music reading, and the exploration of singing in 2 parts. The group rehearses once a week for 40 minutes. All students in grades 4 & 5 are members of the Cantate Choir.
Carillon (6th- 8th Grades)
Carillon is a handbell choir that also meets during the Middle School Elective period. Through the study of good technique as well as a variety of literature, students learn the basics of theory, rhythm, and other musical elements. The group meets 3 times a week for a combined total of 90 minutes.
The St. John Choraliers is our school's sole 'audition-only' group. This extra-curricular performance group rehearses two-three times each week during the entire school year. Similar to the Junior Choir, Choraliers studies music from a wide variety of genres and composers, ranging from unison to 4-part singing, with the expectation that performances reach an exceptional middle-school level performance.
The Visual Arts curriculum begins at the early elementary level, and continues throughout middle school. In the early elementary grades, students learn to recognize different types of art. They explore the use of line, shape, texture, and color while drawing, painting, sculpting, and printmaking. Art is also integrated into other subject areas as appropriate.
Students in the middle school are actively involved in various art projects during their weekly art classes. Many of the projects involve 2-D mediums such as sketches, scale drawings, perspective and pointillism. Other projects involve precision and measurement, drawing using grids, matching of color and texture, one-point perspective and portrait. Projects include: Kaleidoscope, scale drawings, radial name project, art to remember, an auction project (every other year), half-n-half project, positive and negative space project, one-point perspective and portraits.
Students also use paper, wire, clay and papier-mâché’ for 3-D projects. Students generally work with colored pencils but also use pastels, paints and markers.
Art is also integrated into other subject areas as a part of reports or projects. Poster and card design are used for faith-based service projects and for use outside the classroom.
Elements of Art and Art history are incorporated within the curriculum as well, especially in World History class where students study Greek, Roman, Medieval, and Renaissance Art. Art is also incorporated into American History class where American artists are studied.