Curriculum Night 2018

Mr. Armstrong

Jk-8th Grade Music


Office Hours:

Wednesday Afternoons from 3:30 am -4:00 pm

Thursday Morning from 7:45 am-9:00 am


St. Vincent Music & Chorale Program

Psalm 100: “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness. Make: Come before his presence with singing.  Know ye that the Lord is God. It is God that made us, and not we ourselves; we are Gods people, and the sheep of Gods pasture. Enter into Gods gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto God, and bless Gods holy name. For the Lord is good; his mercy everlasting; and Gods truth endures for all generations.”

Introduction from Mr. Phillip Armstrong & Philosophy of Music Education

“As a Music Educator in the 21st century we must embrace initiatives to establish more innovative and creative experiences for our learning environments (i.e. visual arts, music, mathematics, social sciences). In doing so, we create a value in artistic, expressive, and practical learning methods that will: open channels of communication with our learners; build great habits within our learners to exert their very best person; create honest and healthy relationships with learners to assure trust in the educator. “


“Music is a core subject, not just an activity.”

-National Catholic Educational Association

National Philosophy of Music Education

“Music is a vital part of human existence and as such should be an integral part of every school curriculum. The arts are a major source of knowledge and meaning about ourselves as human beings and the world around us. Professional music educators in concert with educators of other academic disciplines provide a comprehensive sequential instructional program. This instruction ensures students the opportunity to develop musical skills, cultural and historical knowledge and aesthetic appreciation that will enable them to create, perceive and critique music performance now and in the future.”

 SVF Choirs

*Piu Voce: JK- 2nd Grade

*Treble Choir: 3rd -5th Grade

*Chorale: 6th -8th Grade

*Cantante Honors Choir: 4th -8th


Saint Vincent Choral Music Program 2018-2019

This year at St. Vincent Ferra, we will structure our choirs appropriately through grade levels. Choristers will learn music conducive to their grade level and vocal ability. Choristers at SVF will not only learn how to sing in English, but also in Latin and other languages as well. The study of Latin has been shown to be successful in increasing test scores, expanding vocabulary, and helping young people understand grammatical structures in other languages.

Learning Goals for Music Program: 

-Understand the principal sensory, formal, technical and expressive qualities of the performing arts.

-Identify process and tools required to produce music, drama, and dance.

-Demonstrate basic skills necessary to participate in the creation and/or performance of one of the arts.

-Demonstrate ability to distinguish between beat and rhythm pattern

-Understand music difference between major and minor

-Identify instruments, e.g., flute, violin, clarinet, and trumpet etc.

-Understand difference between loud and soft dynamics.


Grading System

A 90-100 %
B 80-89 %
C 70-79 %
D 60-69 %

Choral/Classroom Participation:10%

Liturgical Singing: 15%

Homework: 10%  

Musical Terms Test/Quizzes: 20 %

Music History Project: 20%

Concert Performance: 25%

 Assessments/Grading:  Homework, test, quizzes, projects, participation, performance

-Late work policy:

-Students have one homework pass to use. If passes have already been used, the late work will drop 50% the first it is late and will receive a 0 the following day.

Absent policy:

-Students are responsible for checking the Absent- Work bin to get papers or assignments that they missed

-For every day they were absent they get the amount of days they missed + 1 to make up their work.

-If they know ahead of time or a major assignment is due the day they are absent, if should be emailed to me or turned into the google class folder the day it is due.



-Homework will be given on a weekly basis

*Musical Definition

*Choral Parts to practice (I will be recording rehearsal tracks for students to access on homework blog)

-Students need to make sure they are managing their time wisely (homework and music practice when assigned). We only have 45 minutes a week, so 20 minutes of music practice and review a day will take them a long way! J

Additional Notes:

  1. Friar Hours
  2. House System
  3. Picture Day this Friday, September 14th
  4. Cantante Open Audition September 26th
  5. Christmas Concert December 20th



Prayer: Music is expressed as the highest call to prayer and worship.  Prayer is an important (substitute word) asset to our growth as spiritual beings within the Catholic Faith. In the Catholic Choral tradition the prayer “Bless, O Lord, us thy servants who minister in thy temple. Grant that we sing with our lips, we may believe in our hearts: what we believe in our hearts, we may show forth in our lives, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” 

Reason for Music

*Music has aesthetic value and is worth knowing.

*Music is one of the most important indicators of our cultural heritage.

*Music potential can be found in every individual and should be developed to its fullest.

*Music provides us an outlet for the creativity and self-expression of our individual thoughts and feelings.

*Music teaches students about unique aspects of their relationships with other human beings in their own world as well as other cultures.

*Music opens avenues of success for students for self-development and achievement.

*Music study and performance increases personal satisfaction and the level of appreciation and expands musical horizons.

*Music is one of the most powerful and profound symbol systems.

*Music exalts humanity.

Curriculum for SVF Music Program

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  • September 13, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    Please email me if you have any questions!

    Thank you
    Mr. Phillip R. Armstrong


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