Fine Arts – Music and Theater

The mission of the St. Agnes Music and Theater room is to glorify God through our music, dance, and acting while honoring the gifts He has blessed us with. We will choose joy in the ordinary and enter into the love of Jesus together.

The St. Agnes Music and Theater room is focused on aiding each student in their educational journey while supporting and encouraging creativity, problem solving, intellectual curiosity, and confidence. Being involved in music develops a child’s imagination, and intellectual curiosity which can create a positive attitude towards learning. Music also helps to improve hand-eye coordination, particularly with young children who are developing their small motor skills. These, of course, are just a few benefits to your students having music twice a week. When it comes to theater and speech, creative expression helps students learn to comprehend our world better, preparing them for when they graduate secondary school. It also strengthens reading skills, builds self-confidence and self-esteem, and provides a safe space to express one’s emotions. In addition, students who are engaged in theater and speech have stronger problem solving and communication skills which are a firm foundation when navigating this world.


Grade-Level Curriculum:

PreSchool and Pre-Kindergarten: Students will be focusing on sing-alongs, finding the beat, determining the difference between loud and soft, fast and slow, same and different, and the four different types of voices.

Kindergarten: Students will work on identifying  fast/slow, long/short, high/low, as well as focus on rhythm patterns, proper mallet technique, and vocal qualities (speak/sing/whisper/shout). In addition, students will explore dramatic play.

First Grade: Students will be working on the pulse of one beat, reviewing tempos (fast and slow), and developing proper mallet techniques for metallophones, xylophones, and glockenspiels.

Second Grade: Students will be working on vocal contour, time signatures, half notes/rests, mallet technique, suspended pitch, and voice volume such as forte and piano. Students will also be focusing on a variety of hand drums.

Third Grade: Students will be working on quarter, half, dotted half, and whole notes, developing their proper vocal techniques, and learning about the treble clef. They will also be working on proper mallet technique with glockenspiels, xylophones, and metallophones and reading two part music.

Fourth Grade: Students will be focusing on syncopation, body percussion, accelerando/ritardando, counter melodies, sharp/flat notes, major/minor chords, and mallet technique. All students will also be learning recorder and taking a field trip in the Spring to play with the Kansas City Symphony.

Fifth Grade: Students will be working on bucket drumming, conducting in 4, identifying major and minor chords, working on 3-part score reading, and demonstrating musical expression through speaking, singing, and moving.

Sixth Grade: Sixth grade will be learning ukuleles, learning vocal solfege, reading and singing 3-part music, and exploring a variety of vocal and instrumental music from other countries.

Seventh and Eighth Grade: Students will take two quarters of choir as well as theater and speech. In Theater will be working on public speaking elements such as speed, eye contact, life, gestures, voice, and poise. Through choir class, we will be working on 4-part scores, tempo, dynamics, and sight-reading on a treble clef.


Music Concerts

Everyone at St. Agnes in prekindergarten through 6th grade, as well as Middle School students in choir and band, will perform at the music concerts which are twice a year. The concerts this year are Thursday, December 5th, 2019 at 6:30 pm, and Thursday, May 7th, 2020 at 6:30 pm.


School Mass Music

Each homeroom grades 3rd through 8th will serve as the choir for two masses a school year. St. Augustine once said that singing belongs to one who loves. If we love God as our hearts were made to do, we can do nothing but praise his name. What a great gift to be able to serve in this way.


Fifth Grade Band

Band is a great fit for students wanting to learn something new, find a new passion, and explore a new musical opportunity! Band begins in 5th grade at St. Agnes and students have the option of learning flute, clarinet, trumpet, or trombone. If there is a different instrument your student is interested in learning or if you have any question regarding band, please contact the band teacher, Mrs. Nesbihal at

Fifth Grade Band practice is on Monday and Wednesday from 3:00 – 3:30 in the St. Agnes Music Room.

General Band Information:

Local Music Store:

  • Click on “Rentals” –  “Band” – a specific instrument
  • District is “Catholic – KS” – School is “St. Agnes”


Middle School Band

Sixth through eighth grade students will continue progressing on their instruments and have the option of moving to a similar instrument such as french horn, tuba, saxophone, or percussion.

Middle School Band rehearses on Tuesday and Friday from 7:20 – 7:50 in the Miege Band Room.

Students will have additional opportunities such as the Miege Music Festival and playing in the  pep band at a Miege Basketball game. This band is the main preparation for those interested in high school band, marching band, basketball pep band, and Miege Drum Line.

Miege Music Festival, an all day event at Bishop Miege, will be on Thursday, March 11th, 2020. The day will be followed by a concert that evening and we would love to see you in the audience!


Children’s Choir

The Children’s Choir is open to all children in the parish in 2nd through 4th grades, including students who attend Saint Agnes School, public school, and students educated at home.

The Children’s Choir will join the Honor Choir to serve as the choir at the 10:00 am Sunday Mass, approximately once a month throughout the school year.

Rehearsals are held in the St. Agnes Church Music Room before school on Tuesdays, from 7:25 am to 7:55 am.


Honor Choir

The Honor Choir is open to all students in fifth to eighth grade. This group will serve the school and parish by singing at a variety school events, community events, and parish Masses during the school year. Any student who is attends St. Agnes or a public school and is a parish member is welcome to join.

Rehearsals are held in the St. Agnes School Music Room on Tuesdays from 3:00 – 3:45pm.


Eighth Grade Musical

All eighth grade students will be involved in the musical either taking on an acting role or putting their skills to work backstage.

Most rehearsals will be in class and the performance will take place on March 5th, 2020 at 6:30pm. 

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Rachel Lackups
Fine Arts - Music & Theater

Rachel Lackups

Rachel Lackups is the music and theater teacher at St. Agnes Catholic School. In...