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Music feeds the Soul!

I am excited to be back at St. Pius X to begin my second year and share my love of music and theater with my students.  I was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  I am married and have three sons; Trisdan a sophomore at OSU, Christian and Junior at BTW, and Caleb who is in Mrs. Mitchell's Pre-K class this year here at St. Pius X.  I also have a step son Jack who is in 7th grade at Edison Middle School. 

 

My hobbies are reading, singing, watching musicals and teaching private voice lessons. 

 

I have taught music and drama for 16 years in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.  I have always taught at Catholic Schools.  I have directed and choreographed 54 musicals productions over the years.  I attended American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City.

 

Music feeds the soul and brain.  I believe that there is always a gray area in every situation and each student is an individual.   

 

Sing Praises, Jenifer Phillips

Pre-3

Meets once a week for 30 minutes and once a month we will meet twice a week.  

  •  First Semester--We begin to discover the love of music with ourselves as well as our friends as we dance and sing with lesson on movement.  We will introduce songs about our body, saying hello, and holidays as well as animals.  
  • Second Semester--We work on notes, beats, patterns, same or different and rhythms through various games while singing and dancing. 

 

Pre-K & Kindergarten

Meets once a week for 30 minutes and once a month we will meet twice a week.

 

  • First Semester--We work on our Halloween Production.   Start picking out your costumes now.  
    • Pre-K will also learn to sing and sign "Away in a Manger" for our special appearance in Lessons and Carols performance.  
    • Both classes also learn songs for the various holidays. 
  •  Second Semester-- we begin to work on notes, beats, patterns, same or different and rhythms through various games while singing and dancing. 
  • Mark your Calendar:
  • October 31st- Halloween Performance @ 9:30
  • December 19th @ 8:30--Lessons and Carols

 

 

 

1st Graders

Meets , once a week for 30 minutes and once a month we will meet twice a week.  

We sing Mass songs each class period to prepare for participation during Mass!

 

  • First Semester--we will focus on the Christmas Program first semester along with lessons focusing on music and movement.   
  •  Second Semester--we spend time reinforcing notes, beats, patterns, same and different, rhythms through games.  We also sing and dance! 

 

2nd Graders

Meets once a week for 40 minutes and once a month we will meet twice a week.

We sing Mass songs each class period to prepare for participation during Mass!

  

  • First Semester--we do a unit of study on Peter and the Wolf where we learn the instruments in the orchestra and there families. We are also busy preparing for our Christmas Program.
  •  Second Semester--we spend time reinforcing notes, beats, patterns, same and different, rhythms through games.  We begin learning about the piano starting with the notes and moving forward from their.  Students will have an opportunity to play the piano as they learn the notes and symbols.
 
  • Mark your Calendar:
  • Christmas Performance December 14th at 6:30 in the Gym
  • Feelin' Good Performance in April TBD

 

3rd Graders

Meets once a week for 40 minutes and once a month we will meet twice a week.

We sing Mass songs each class period to prepare for participation during Mass!

 

 First Semester--we are busy preparing for the Christmas Program learning songs and dances. 

  •   Second Semester--we will learn songs and dances for our Oklahoma Program which ties into their core unit of study. The students will learn "This Land is Your Land", "Oklahoma", "Surrey with a Fringe on Top",  and "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning".  They will also delight the audience with facts about Oklahoma which they have chosen themselves. 
  • Mark your Calendar:
  • Christmas Performance December 14th at 6:30 in the Gym
  • Oklahoma Performance in April 1:30

4th Graders

Meets  once a week for 40 minutes and once a month we will meet twice a week. 

We sing Mass songs each class period to prepare for participation during Mass!

  

  • First Semester--we are busy preparing for Veterans Day & Christmas Programs learning songs and dances. 
    • Veterans Day Program Auditions for parts are coming soon!  Stayed tuned for the date!
  • Second Semester--we will learn about rhythm, syllables and keeping time as we rewrite a song with new lyrics and add choreography to perform for our classmates.  We will then delve into piano and/or guitar.  We will also spend sometime learning how to fit lyrics into beats of a song while writing our own song in small groups to present for the class.  
 
  • Mark your Calendar:
  • Veterans Day Presentation, November 9th in the gym  9:30
  • Christmas Performance December 14th @ 6:30 in the Gym

5th Graders

Meets once a week for 40 minutes and once a month we will meet twice a week.

We sing Mass songs each class period to prepare for participation during Mass!

  

  • First Semester--We begin the year with Interview Speeches to get to know our classmates and work on public speaking.  They will presents their speeches  August 30 and 31!  Make sure they are practicing at home. 
  • We will then turn our focus on the Christmas Program.
  •  Second Semester--we will also prepare for our School House Rock Performance with 6th grade in the Spring.  
  • Mark your Calendar:
  • Christmas Performance December 14th @ 6:30 in the Gym
  • School House Rock Performance in April TBD

6th Graders

Meets once a week for 50 minutes and once a month we will meet twice a week. 

We sing Mass songs each class period to prepare for participation during Mass!

  

  • First Semester--We focus on Student Directed Plays as we learn to work together as a group and present a work of art for our school, community, and families.  This encourages some students to take on leadership roles to encourage other students to memorize lines and follow stage directions as they work toward a common goal.
    • Student Directed Plays Crew Members
      • Liechti Class (Auditions for parts Monday, August 28th)
        • Katherine Riley- Director
        • Elizabeth Velasco- Assistant Director
        • Trey Crowder- Stage Manager
        • Shaun Bonham- Props, Set, and Costumes 
    • Decker Class (Auditions for parts Wednesday, August 30th)
      • Isabella Laeger-Director
      • Tiernan Clancy-Assistant Director
      • Arianna France-Stage Manager
      • Tamara Llamas-Props, Set, and Costumes
    • Second Semester--we will also prepare for our School House Rock Performance with 5th grade in the Spring.  
     

Mark your Calendar:

Stay tuned to find out when our Student Directed Plays will be

Performed!  Both classes will be performing on the same day. 

  • School House Rock Performance in April TBD

 7th Graders

Meets once a week for 50 minutes and once a month we will meet twice a week. 

We sing Mass songs each class period to prepare for participation during Mass!

  

  • We focus on learning the Eras of music as we discuss Classical Composers from Medieval times through the 20th century. Each student will be responsible for learning and educating the class on one composer. Rubric will be sent home with details. 
    • Check Renweb for due dates and details on this assignment.  
  • Story Telling is becoming a lost art form.  We will delve into story telling by tackling a Story Telling Unit for the Pre-k-1st grade classes. We will choose our favorite children's books and bring them in to read for the class.  We will then narrow the books to three add narrators, and pantomime the story as the narrator reads from the book.  This promotes public speaking skills, working in groups, and leadership. 
  • We play improvisation games throughout the year.

8th Graders

Meets once a week for 50 minutes and once a month we will meet twice a week.

We sing Mass songs each class period to prepare for participation during Mass!

  

  • We focus on public speaking with the poem Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll. We interrupt it, memorize it, and perform a different version.
  • We do a full study of the Pulitzer Prize and record setting Tony award winning Musical Hamilton.
  • We will work on Improvisation
  • We will also be practicing the 8th grade play in class for a little extra practice time.  
  • We will be preparing a special song for graduation and singing weekly mass songs in class to prepare for participation during mass. 
 
Save the Date:
  • We will perform Lessons in Carols on December 19th at 8:30 in the chapel.
 
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Name
Mrs. Jenifer Phillips
Position
Music
Email
jphillips@spxtulsa.org