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Welcome to 

Mrs. Blanchard's

Music class!

"There are regions of the human soul which can be illuminated only by music."

- Zoltan Kodaly


Philosophy and Objectives 

Music at St. Catherine of Siena School this year will be primarily based on the Kodaly Philosophy of Music Education. The principal objectives are:

1. To develop the innate musicality present in all children.
Helping all kids love music and want to do their best at it! 

2. To teach children the language of music - reading, writing, and creating.
Reading and writing rhythms and melodies for sticks, voices, and recorders.

3. To teach children the music of their own culture.
We live in a diverse and rich culture full of folk and popular songs, games, and dances. These are hopefully songs that will be useful throughout a child's life.

4. To teach the great art music of the world through performing and listening.
Developing a child's love and appreciation for a variety of music and cultures around the world.


Thank you for a great year! 

Have a relaxing and restful summer!!!

It was a pleasure to direct our many talented students, and I am so grateful to the parents and staff members who made our programs such a success. Thank you for attending our concerts, the play, and for sending me your kind words of appreciation. 



Pre-K - 2nd Grade Music 

In the primary grades, students will be playing singing and dancing games, learning to listen for melodic solfege tones Do-Re-Mi-Fa-Sol, and learning to read and play rhythms using percussion instruments. 

Pre-K and Kindergarten are continuing to use creative movement, singing, and rhythmic movement to learn about musical expression.

First and second grade are continuing to sing and move, and adding rhythm sticks to learn music literacy. Soon they will begin learning to read notes on the staff while singing.

3rd - 6th Grade Music

In the upper grades, students will be continuing to sing and dance, learn the full solfege scale, and begin learning to read rhythms and melodies using recorders. 

Music Ministry

Throughout the year, Mrs. Blanchard will be providing music for Monday morning masses, and will be looking for motivated, skilled, and joyful students to participate in leading the school in worship.





Drama Club 

Stay tuned for announcements about next year's plays and musical! 

Grades 4-5-6

Mondays and Tuesdays

2:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. 

Specific days and times TBA

Drama games, improv exploration and ensemble building activities. 

Learn the basics of theater!

About Mrs. Blanchard:

I have always loved music! I started learning piano at age 7, and leading worship at my church at 14. I graduated from Gordon College with a Bachelor of Music Education, and taught Elementary and Middle school music and chorus for a combined eight years. 

I also direct the music ministry at my church in Concord, Immaculate Heart of Mary. I play piano and sing for various masses, as well as direct the Children's Choir at Christmastime. 

I'm married with two little girls, and I love to show off pictures of my family :)



Thanks for reading!

Check back often for updates about all the music-making and acting at St. Catherine School!