The School of Saints Faith Hope and Charity values music and encourages students of all ages to develop and grow their appreciation of music. Under the direction of Dr. Molly Cinnamon, Director of Fine Arts and music teacher, vocal/general music is offered to FHC students Pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. During music classes, Dr. Cinnamon provides students with opportunities to learn instruments, perform and sing. Grade-level instrumental opportunities include the following offerings within the general music curriculum:
- Third grade: Recorder instruction, note reading, composition and vocal music
- Fourth grade: Ukulele instruction, reading and analyzing simple chords and vocal music
- Fifth grade: Handbell/chimette instruction, vocal music and drama
- Sixth grade: Ukulele instruction, building on knowledge of chords and accompanying singing
- Seventh grade: Bucket drumming, drumming circles, leading annual Christmas Pageant, vocal music
- Eighth grade: Drama study culminating in performance of annual Eighth Grade Play
In addition to vocal/general music instruction, FHC students have the opportunity for instrumental instruction outside of the general music classroom:
Violin: Students (PK-fourth grade) may study the violin with Ms. Teresa Dube. A Winnetka resident, Ms. Dube offers many years of teaching and performing experiences.
Band: Students (4th-8th grade) may participate in our instrumental band program, led by Mr. Jon Comstock. Band lessons take place before school on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:30 am – 8:15 am by instrument family, as well as large group instruction in combination with Sacred Heart School students. Early dismissal on Mondays allow for full band practice. Two Mondays a month, FHC’s band combine with Sacred Heart’s band, alternating schools.
Piano/Guitar: Students of all ages are eligible to study piano with Mr. Dan Rosa. “Teacher Dan”, as he is known to many families, teaches private and group piano lessons before or after school or during lunch periods. Additionally, he offers small group guitar lessons as part of our After School Enrichment (ASE) classes. Teacher Dan has a wealth of musical teaching and performance experiences.
Choir: All students are invited. Choir meets twice a week in the morning in the music room. Choir is directed by Dr. Cinnamon and Dr. Stirling. This ensemble rehearses each Wednesday morning from 7:30 am – 8:00 am in the music room at FHC. We have an additional small vocal ensemble, consisting of fourth grade girls that meets on Fridays at lunchtime in Dr. Cinnamon’s classroom. Choir performs monthly at our school masses and at the annual Christmas Pageant and at a spring concert.