Bishop Dunn offers general music instruction for Pre-K through 8th grade students. The lessons are designed to be age appropriate and include other subject areas. Some of the topics covered include basic elements of music, instruments of the orchestra, different eras of music history, and introduction to music notation and note reading.
All students will be exposed to music of different styles and settings in an effort to broaden their experience and understanding of music. Second grade students are taught the recorder as an introduction to playing a musical instrument and to reinforce reading music. This helps to prepare children for participation in the band program.
Second graders are introduced to reading music by learning to play the recorder. The program is called Recorder Karate and has been very successful. Each student works at their own pace and as they learn a new skill (song) they are awarded a colored belt to display on their recorder. The recorder program gives the students a solid foundation for participation in the band program which begins in the third grade.
Bishop Dunn offers a band program through the Paul Effman Music Service.* They may be reached at (845) 452–8528. Students may join the band program in the third grade and may continue through eighth grade.
The Bishop Dunn Chorus* welcomes students starting in second grade and continuing through eighth grade. The chorus is open to anyone who would like to sing, demonstrates proper behavior, and attends the rehearsals. Chorus members must be able to match pitch (sing the same note as the people next to them).
The Troubadours are a group of singers chosen from the regular chorus by audition. Singers may audition for the Troubadours* starting in the third grade. Membership in the Troubadours requires solid music skills, ability to concentrate and follow instructions, and a willingness to work hard. The Troubadours perform more complex and challenging music and act as mentors in support of the full chorus. The Troubadours are also called upon to perform for special occasions. Some past performances were: Barnes and Noble book fair, Dr. Martin Luther King dedication, City of Newburgh Unity Service, and the Rally for St. Mary’s Church.
* Fees are charged for these programs.