At Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament School we are well aware of the importance of arts education for every child. This is evident in the music program which includes Music Together Parent/Child classes for all students in Nursery through Kindergarten, general music classes for students in grades one through eight, a string ensemble that is open to all students in grades one through eight, a show choir that is open to students in grades six through eight, and an independently run band program that is open to students in grades three through eight. All students learn to play the recorder beginning in grade three and all students in grades one through eight participate in the two school concerts each year.
Always willing to perform in the community, the students have shared their talents with the senior citizens at the Senior Citizens Leisure Club and at Ozanam Hall. The string ensemble has performed at the Futures in Education Fall Fundraiser and the OLBSCA Show Choir has entertained shoppers with Christmas carols at Capital One Bank.
With technology rapidly changing our world, the music classes at OLBSCA are keeping pace through the use of an interactive whiteboard in the music room and student collaboration using iPads to compose music and do research. The students also have a forum to converse, experiment, and share musical interests in response to questions, information, and assignments that are posted on the student collaboration site, Edmodo.
Our music curriculum follows the New York State and National Core Standards for Music Education and attempt to incorporate many varied musical experiences. To this end, we have participated in the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Beginnings Program, Queens Symphony Orchestra Children’s Concerts, The National Anthem Project, and the Artist in Residence Program.
Our goal is to provide the children with as many opportunities as possible to experience and participate in music making so that they may develop a life-long love of music.