Music is the common language at our school: all students receive violin instruction in Pre-K, kindergarten, first and second grade, along with vocal music and keyboard. Students in grades 3-5 may choose from musical instruments in our orchestra, plus African drumming. After-school choices include choir and guitar. Students perform throughout the year, including large winter and spring concerts that celebrate the many cultures of our school. In addition to music, classes in science, technology, physical education, and gifted/talented give students variety beyond core academics. Students have hundreds of new books to choose from in the school's recently renovated library – and they enjoy playing on our new playground. As an Achievement Plus school, we also offer housing and employment assistance, dental care, and other services to students and their families.
Saint Paul Music Academy is an energetic school located one mile north of the State Capitol Building near Rice Street and Maryland Avenue. Click here for a Google Map of the school's location.
Saint Paul Music Academy recognizes that:
- Music is a vital part of the human experience.
- Music helps us to understand the different communities in our world-from the past, as well as, the present.
- Learning to play a musical instrument benefits us academically, socially, emotionally and physically.
- Music enriches our lives.
- Kindergarten through 5th grade have 90 minutes of reading instructions each day.
- Kindergarten through 5th have 60 minutes of math each day.
- Each day will include RTI (Response to Intervention) small group instruction time, that includes flexible grouping to make sure all students grasp the learning objectives.
- All students, Kindergarten through 5th grade, learn how to sing, how to read music, and how to play basic songs on keyboards, guitars, drums and Orff (mallet percussion) instruments.
- All Kindergarten through 2nd grade students receive weekly violin instrucion.
- All students in 3rd through 5th grade can choose to participate in Choral, Keyboard, and Orchestra (strings and wind instruments) learning and performing groups.
- Performing groups regularly perform around the Metro area.
- The Music Department develops partnerships with many local professional performing groups, so that students can attend several concerts during the school year.
- The Music Department actively pursues funding for special artist residencies throughout the year: in 2011-2012, 5th grade students will be studying African drumming through a grant provided by PPG Industries.