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The St. Hilary music program is largely rooted in the Kodaly method.  This method puts a heavy focus on solfege and rhythm, and using simple folk songs as a means for learning them.  Mr. Sean Rholl is in the process of receiving his Kodaly certification from DePaul University and is now three years into implementing this approach at St. Hilary. 

Along with teaching them how to perform music, students will also be exposed to a variety of music including African American Spirituals, world music, jazz and an intensive study of the entire history of western music. 

All students will perform in the annual Christmas concert as well as school events as appropriate.



In addition to general music classes, St. Hilary also offers band, strings, bell choir, schola (a church choir), and chorus (a pop style choir). 

Mr. Sean Rholl is in charge of the band and chorus.  Band and chorus meet on certain weekdays for an hour before or after school.

Band is available to students in grades 4-8.  There are three different bands: beginning, intermediate, and advanced.  Bands participate in school activities like Mass and pep rallies, and have three concerts per year.  Instruments offered are flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and percussion.  The bands perform standard band music as well as pieces by Mr. Sean Rholl written especially for St. Hilary Bands.  Instruction focuses on sight reading, rhythmic and counting skills, technical ability, and playing by ear.

Chorus is available to sudents in grades 4-8.  The chorus sings popular songs, often by request of the students themselves.  Mr. Sean Rholl arranges the songs in three part harmony and accompanies the groups on piano and guitar.  When able, students perform the instrumental parts instead.  Students are given folders with music and a practice CD recorded by Mr. Sean Rholl.  Chorus performs three concerts a year in addition to other opportunities around the community as they come up.  A few highlights last year were Don't Stop Believin' by Journey and Fix You by Coldplay.
 

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