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November 2019 - Grades PreK 4 - 3

I am so excited to be joining the faculty at Catholic Academy of West Buffalo! I have over 20 years teaching experience in elementary, secondary, and higher education settings. My approach in early childhood is to make learning joyful. For the first few months of the school year, we will focus on the very basics of music: beat, rhythm, melody, and form. I use singing games, eurhythmics, and even picture books to make learning fun and memorable. As the human voice is the only instrument that we are sure to have access to for our whole lives, I really focus my teaching through the use of this very special instrument. Children will learn to match pitch and sing tunefully with healthy vocal production.

I like to incorporate songs from around the world, so if there is a song from your childhood that you remember, please let me know! I'd love to learn it and weave it into our curriculum.

Mrs. Kathleen Bassett


Students will begin each class with a music theory lesson, learning and/or reviewing the following concepts:  note names, values and relationships; the staff; bar lines; measures; time signatures; clef signs; the musical alphabet; mnemonics for remembering lines and spaces; sharps and flats; fermata; rests; counting on the beat and off the beat; identifying bells by which octave they belong to.

These concepts will be applied each week by: singing hymns as preparation for upcoming masses; answering theory questions in a short quiz; and ringing handchimes and handbells.  The sung repertoire will also include the solfege song March by Ken Berg and Christmas carols, including an arrangement of the Polish carol Infant Holy. Students in 8th Grade will sing and analyze pop songs of their own choosing that have pre-approved for content.

The handbell repertoire will include one holiday piece unique to each grade level:

4thTwas in the Moon

5thLittle Drummer Boy

6th: Carol of the Bells

7thWelcome Christmas

8thMasters in This Hall

After school Bell Choir continues to rehearse in December for an upcoming concert at Roswell Park. Their repertoire includes arrangements of Believe (from Polar Express) and Still, Still, Still (an Austrian carol).

Tim Socha 



Mission statement:

The goal of the general Music curriculum is to provide students with the skills they need to be active participants in music. Students will learn the fundamentals of music, basic music theory and history through an interactive program. Through the use of games, songs and movement activities, students will learn the skills they need to create their own music. Students will be encouraged to create their own music by contributing ideas for class vocal and instrumental pieces. Students will also learn the vocabulary needed to critique music from many different genres, cultures, and time periods. It is our hope to instill an appreciation and enjoyment for music that students will carry with them through all of elementary school, junior high and beyond

Mr. Tim Socha 4 - 8, Mrs. Kathleen Bassett Pre-K - 3 - Music