Diocese of Ogdensburg

The Roman Catholic Church in Northern New York

Music

The Music Program of the schools of the Diocese of Ogdensburg is based on  the New York State Standards.  As with  all of our educational programs, all instruction is centered in our Catholic Faith  foundation. Spanning history and place, music has always been a vital part of  the traditional ceremonies and festivities of the world’s cultures and in  particular of the culture and tradition of the Catholic Church. Music can  become a pathway to understanding ourselves and others.  It can illuminate the traditions and  religions of the many other cultures that are part of our nation and our  world.  Music transcends barriers of  language, race, and culture and has the potential of helping humankind to  achieve our goal of a peaceful society. 

The content of Grade 3-4  Music is centered around the following New York State Standards areas: Music Essentials –  Rhythm, Melody, Harmony, Form, and Expressive Qualities Create, Perform and  Participate

  • creating short pieces consisting of  sounds from a variety of traditional, electronic and non-traditional sources
  • sing songs and play instruments,  maintaining tone quality, pitch, rhythm, tempo and dynamics performing  expressively
  • sing and play simple repeated  patterns with familiar songs, rounds and partner songs and harmonizing parts
  • performing ensembles, read moderately  easy/moderately difficult music
  • identify and use some of the roles,  processes and actions used in performing or composing music

Know and Use Art  Materials and Resources

  • use classroom and nontraditional  instruments in performing and creating music
  • construct instruments out of material  not commonly used for musical instruments
  • use current technology to manipulate  sound
  • identify various settings in which  music is heard and various resources used to produce music
  • demonstrate appropriate audience  behavior, including attentive listening in a variety of musical settings
  • discuss ways that music is used by  various members of the community

Respond and Analyze  Works of Art

  • listen to identify the strengths and  weaknesses of specific musical works and performances including their own
  • describe the music in terms  such as melody, rhythm, harmony, dynamics,  timbre, forms, styles
  • describe the basic means by which the  voice or instrument can alter pitch, loudness, duration and timbre
  • describe their understanding of  particular pieces of music and how they relate to their surroundings

Understand the Cultural  Dimensions and Contributions of the Arts

  • identify when listening and perform  from memory a basic repertoire of folk songs/dances and composed songs from basic  cultures that represent the people of the world
  • identify titles and composers of  well-known  classical and blues/jazz  selections
  • identify the primary, cultural,  geographical and historical settings for music they listen to and perform

Visual Art

The Visual Arts Program of the schools of the Diocese of Ogdensburg is  based on the New York State Standards.   As with all of our educational programs, all instruction is centered in  our Catholic Faith foundation. Art, like music, is not a standalone program but  is connected to all of life.  Spanning  history and place, art has always been a vital part of the traditional ceremonies and festivities of the world’s  cultures and in particular of the culture and tradition of the Catholic  Church.  Art transcends barriers of  language, race, and culture and has the potential of helping humankind to  achieve our goal of a peaceful society. 

The content of Grade 3-4 Art is  centered around the following New York State Standards areas: Elements of Art – Line,  Color, Value, Shape, Texture, Form and Space Principles of Design –  Unity, Variety, Emphasis, Balance, Proportion, Pattern and Rhythm Media and Methods –  Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, Photography and Art  History

Create, Perform and  Participate in the Arts

  • experiment and create art works in a  variety of mediums
  • develop own ideas and images through  works based on themes, symbols and events

Know and Use Arts  Materials and Resources

  • understand the characteristics of  various mediums – 2 dimensional, 3 dimensional, electronic
  • develop skills with electronic media  as a means of expressing visual ideas
  • know some cultural institutions and  community opportunities to interact with original art and artists
  • reveal through own art work an  understanding of how medium and technique influence creative decisions

Respond and Analyze  Works of Art

  • explain their reflections about the  meanings, purposes and sources of works of art and describe their response
  • explain the visual and sensory  qualities found in a wide variety of art work
  • explain the themes that are found in  works of visual art and how visual art works are related to other forms of art

Understand the Cultural  Dimensions and Contributions of the Arts

  • look at a variety of art works and  artifacts from world cultures to discover their important ideas, issues and  events
  • look at a variety of art works and  artifacts from the U.S. and describe the style, organization and cultural  meaning
  • create an art work that shows the  influence of a particular culture

Physical Education

The Physical Education Program of the schools of the  Diocese of Ogdensburg implements the New York State Standards.  As with all of our educational programs, all  instruction is centered in our Catholic Faith foundation.  The human person and thus the human body, as  well as all life, is respected.   Therefore proper development and understanding of the body is an  important part of the development of the whole person.  The elementary physical education program is  designed around the following areas.

  • Developing the gross and fine motor muscles of the body
  • Coordinating the gross and fine motor muscles of the body
  • Basic physical fitness activities and warm-ups
  • Rhythm and dance
  • Gymnastics
  • Game skills
  • Health and wellness of the body