The music teacher provides a well-balanced, fun curriculum for the students at St. James Catholic School.
Classes meet once a week in the O'Gorman Center. The students are exposed to music theory, music history, musical performance, and liturgical music. The curriculum is based on the National Standards of Music, the California Standards for the Arts, as well as the Diocesan Guidelines for music in Catholic schools. Children in Grades 4 and 5 are taught to play the recorder. Students in all grades play various rhythm instruments, as well as the handbells. Often, movement and art activities are incorporated in the lessons.
Twice a year, at Christmas and springtime, there are evening performances in the church. Plan on arriving early to get a seat; the church is always filled to capacity!
Hands on Art provides a rich and varied
art experience to over 6,000 elementary and middle school
students in the South Bay. Sixteen public and private
schools in Redondo Beach, Torrance, and Lomita participate
in the program, including St. James Catholic School. A group
of parents developed the program in response to budget
cuts that had affected the arts.
Each year a theme is chosen and a design
committee, made up of docent volunteers from the member
schools, chooses six projects from works submitted by
local artists. The chosen artists conduct workshops
to educate the parent volunteers (docents) who then
share the projects in the classroom with the students.
Each child has one (or more) of their
Hands on Art projects saved to be included in a school
art exhibit at the end of each school year. (This selection
is done in a totally non-judgemental way, often by alphabetical
order.) This exhibit also includes art projects performed
with the classroom teachers and California Mission assignments.