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Holy Cross Lutheran School Music
Music Education at Holy Cross Lutheran School is Kodály based. The Kodaly Method is a way of developing musical skills and teaching musical concepts beginning with very young children. This method uses folk songs, Curwen hand signs, movable-do, rhythm symbols and syllables. At Holy Cross, the voice is the main musical instrument and the foundation of musical learning. Folk music both from our country as well other countries is the foundation of this program, as well as music of high artistic value and our Lutheran Church Hymnody. With this method, games, movement, playing instruments, reading and writing music with singing is the basis while following a sequential process that also follows a child's natural learning development.
Holy Cross Lutheran School Band
Instrumental music instruction at Holy Cross Lutheran School begins in 5th Grade. In this Beginning Band, students are taught correct posture and playing position, tone quality and intonation, notes and accuracy, rhythm and tempo, articulation, dynamics, stage presence and musical presentation. They perform 2 concerts, one pep assembly and may participate in the ISSMA instrumental solo & ensemble contest. The Crusader Band consists of 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. The fundamentals of instrumental playing are expanded to the next level of mastery to prepare the students for high school playing. This band also plays for worship services, pep assemblies, community concerts and the ISSMA instrumental solo & ensemble contest.
Holy Cross Lutheran School Art
Students learn various art techniques through classroom art instruction which is offered once a week for 40 minutes. Painting, drawing, creating 3-D projects, designing with markers, crayons, and paper are some of the activities the students will experience. An art appreciation component extends throughout the grades and includes studies of works of art by various artists.
Students in grades K-5 have instructed Computer Class once a week for 45 Minutes and middle school students have two 40 minute classes per week. Students learn various technology skills such as keyboarding, word processing, desktop publishing, multimedia presentations, spreadsheets, and basic programming.
Holy Cross has a wireless network available in all classrooms and most common areas. There are currently over 200 iPads available for student use, two mobile notebook labs, a mobile Chromebook lab, and an instructional desktop lab.