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:

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 time signatures, half notes/rests, mallet technique, suspended pitch, and sound volume such as forte and piano.

Third Grade: Students will be working on quarter, half, dotted half, and whole notes,  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. Students will also be learning the recorder and taking a field trip to the Kansas City Symphony to play with them!

Fifth Grade: Students will be working on bucket drumming, conducting in 4, identifying major and minor chords, and working on 3-part score reading.

Sixth Grade: Sixth grade will be learning ukuleles, reading 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 music 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. During music class we will be working on reading music, music history, and learning about music from other countries.


Music Concerts

As of August 20th, 2021 all concerts and performances will be in person.

Christmas Program: December 9th, 2021

8th Grade Musical: March 10th, 2022

Spring Program: May 12th, 2022


School Mass Music

All classes 3rd through 8th Grade will be leading music at school Mass at least twice throughout the year. Middle School students will have the opportunity to audition to be a solo cantor at school Masses.


Eighth Grade Musical

The 8th Grade musical will be on March 10th, 2022.


Miege Music Festival

Choir and Band students will have the opportunity to attend a one-day music conference at Bishop Miege High School in the Spring which will end in a performance of the songs they master that day.


Honor Choir and Children’s Choir

As of August 20th, 2021 there will be no Honor or Children’s Choir.


Events Choir

In lieu of Honor Choir this year, we will be having an Events Choir. This choir is audition based and is open to Middle School students. The choir will be leading our school in song for three school Masses throughout the year as well as performing at special assemblies (Veteran’s Day, Grandparents Day, etc…). Rehearsal times for this choir will vary depending on the performance dates – we will not be meeting weekly.


Fifth Grade Band

Fifth Grade Band will be meeting Mondays and Wednesdays 3:05 – 3:35pm in the St. Agnes Music Room. All students who are interested are welcome to join! Students will wear a musician mask and remain physically distanced during practices. We will be learning rhythms, note reading, theory, posture, and other important band fundamentals/techniques through a variety of methods and gamesin addition to learning how to play an instrument. Fill out this form if you are interested in joining band at St. Agnes. Fifth Grade Band will begin on September 1st.

Middle School Band

Middle School Band (Grades 6-8) will meet on Tuesdays and Fridays 7:20-7:50am in the St. Agnes Music Room. Students will wear a musician mask and remain physically distanced during practices. We will continue to improve on concepts previously learned. Fill out this form if you are interested in being part of the Middle School Band at St. Agnes.

Any band questions or concerns? Email Mrs. Nesbihal at or

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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...