“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything” - Plato
Maryknoll students have the opportunity to participate in music from grades K-12. Our music program develops students’ artistry, dedication, and teamwork as they learn to read, write, and improvise music. Maryknoll musicians perform regularly at school functions and in the community.
All students take general music classes from grades K-5. An emphasis is placed on singing, musical games, and community dancing. Kodaly, Orff, and Dalcroze methodologies are used. Grade 4 students learn to play the Ukulele.
Beginning in grade 6, students have the opportunity to take beginning group instruction in a variety of band instruments. Throughout the middle level, an emphasis is placed upon improvisation and the study of music literature encompassing various periods and styles. In high school, students may join the Concert Band and the Spartan Jazz Band. Where they will further develop their musicianship and creative capacity.
Beginning in grade 3, students may join Na Pua O Malia, an after-school choir open to students in grades 3-8. Beginning in grade 6, students have the opportunity to take choir classes. Throughout the middle level, the students study vocal technique, ensemble skills, and music literacy while singing music from a variety of genres such as folk music, spirituals, and a cappella. In high school, students may join the Concert Choir, where they continue to grow knowledge and skills as choral musicians.
High School Co-curricular Music opportunities
Foundations of Music is an introductory course that develops performance skills and music theory.
Spartan Drumline is for marching percussion and performs at sporting events and community performances.