Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Allison Bordlemay
At Saint Theresa School, we believe that a structured, sequential development of musical knowledge and skills encourages joyful participation, creativity, and personal musical growth from all participants. Children learn through doing, exploring and improvising, using the elements of speech, rhythm, movement, dance, and song. In the classroom environment, students are active participants in an integrated, guided process, one which allows for differing musical abilities. And at the heart of all this is improvisation - the instinct children have to create their own melodies and to explore their imaginations. We believe every child can learn to sing, play, move and create. Children develop musically at different paces, and Saint Theresa seeks to meet each learner where he or she is. When a student has music education available to them in their curriculum, they can persevere and problem solve in all subjects and become a well rounded individual that can express themselves through art.
More Than Just Skills
Music-making is a community experience which nurtures the whole child. Music education at Saint Theresa is designed to develop aesthetic sensitivity, value the contribution of each individual, model cooperation, foster emotional intelligence, and provide our students with alternative modes of expression.
Dance Within the Classroom
The movement component opens up a secondary venue for student creativity. Movement with music grounds students understanding of beat, phrasing and other musical concepts kinesthetically, exposes students to the possibilities of another major performance art, and is a lot of fun!
National Content Standards for Music Education
1. Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
2. Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
3. Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.
4. Composing and arranging within specified guidelines.
5. Reading and notating music.
6. Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.
7. Evaluating music and music performances.
8. Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.
9. Understanding music in relation to history and culture.