Spring has sprung!  Our students have been singing up a storm!  Students from Pre-k through 7th grade music classes have been singing, studying composers, and playing instruments.  We only have a few Music classes left in the school year. So, we are making our last days of school full of music!

Pre-K through Second grade music have been singing spring songs and reviewing our music symbols.  Some of the pieces they have been singing are “Peter Cottontail”, “Camptown Races”, and “Little Bird”.  The children have been identifying music symbols through our carpet games. The children move to the music.  When the music stops, the children must identify and define the symbol they are standing on. This is a very fun game, and the children are learning a lot about reading music and music terms.

Third grade continues to play recorders as well as sing.  Some of the pieces they are are playing are “Lightly Row”, “Rain, Rain”, and “Barcarolle” (boat song). They have been singing too.  Including our Easter hymns, “Alleluia” and “Seek Ye First”.

Fourth and Fifth grade classes have completed a piano unit which includes a “Piano Races” game.  The classes compete to see how many pieces they can learn on the keyboards. Both classes played very well.  The Fourth grade students each performed 14 solo pieces or exercises. The Fifth grade students each performed 25 solo pieces.

They presented correct fingerings, notes, keys, and rhythms in order to pass the solos. The classes used Bastien’s “Primer” book to exhibit the pieces.

Sixth and Seventh grade classes are completing the Romantic era.  The Seventh graders presented their reports last week on Schubert and Tchaikovsky.  The students read and listen to the story of the composers. They answer questions about their life and music. Finally, they listen to their pieces and analyze the pieces using music terms.

We will complete the unit on Friday May 10th.  Some of the works the students have been listening and analyzing are “Liebestraum” by Liszt, “The Nutcracker Suite” by Tchaikovsky, and “Erlking” by Schubert.  The children are also playing drums and singing graduation pieces.

(Music pics are from our recent production of “Aristocats”.  They are from dress rehearsals and the Make-up rooms.)

Graduation Dates: Tuesday May 21st Kindergarten Graduation. Thursday,  May 23rd Sixth Grade Graduation.

Susannah Joyce

The children from First through Seventh grade classes presented Aristocats on Friday, April 12th at the Sullivan center. The students performed singing, acting, dancing, and instruments.  It was a great show! Everyone did such a wonderful job. I am very pleased with the production, and the children represented St. James proudly.  Special Thanks to the backstage crew! That was one of the smoothest transitions of props and scenes I have ever seen in elementary productions. IT WAS SPECTACULAR!

Upcoming Dates:

Pre-k Talent show Friday, April 26th 9:00am

Primary Spring Program Wednesday, May 8th (Ms. Sarah)

Primary Spring Program Thursday, May 9th (Ms. Diane)

KIndergarten Graduation Tuesday, May 21st 9:00am

Sixth Grade graduation Thursday, May 23rd

Susannah Joyce

Music classes have been very exciting!  Our students 1st-7th grade are getting ready for our spring musical, Aristocats.  The cast has been coming before school on Tuesdays and Thursdays to practice vocals, dance, staging, and acting.  They are doing such a great job. During our choir rehearsal time, we are rehearsing the large dance numbers. The students are illustrating various dance steps, rhythm, vocals, and character.  The show is scheduled for Friday, April 12th at Texas High school.

Our general music classes continue to challenge our students. Primary, pre-k, and kindergarten are singing fun spring songs.  “Zip-a-dee-doo-dah”, “Bingo”, and “The Ants go Marching” are a few the children have been practicing. The children practice the rhythm on percussion instruments and sing the correct pitches with the piano.  They also sing with piano accompaniment. Their favorite part is dramatizing the pieces. They love acting like ants, dogs, and birds. They continue to learn notes and rhythms. Last music class, the children created notes by shaping them with playdough.

Fourth and Fifth grade students are playing keyboards.  They are demonstrating the correct fingering, notes, keys, and rhythms to the given music.  They are distinguishing the 7 keys by comparing where they are located on the keyboards. They are recognizing notes on the staff.  The students are also playing pieces from the Primer book by Bastien.

Sixth and Seventh grade students are finishing up our last unit on composers.  They are reading and listening to the stories of the composers’ lives. Brahms, Schumann, and Liszt are a few they are studying.  They listen to the pieces by analyzing them using music terms. Some of the pieces they are listening to are “Erl King” by Schubert, “The Happy Farmer” by Schumann, and “The Nutcracker Suite” by Tchaikovsky.

Susannah Joyce

Marvelous Melanie’s Melodies

The piano studio from Saint James, Melanie’s Melodies, participated in the National Federation of Music Clubs on Saturday, February 15th.  The students were required to perform two piano solos by memory in front of a judge. Our students played very well.

Here are the results of the contest.  Rosie J.-Superior

  Heath W.-Excellent

  Addison B.-Excellent

Students who received a Superior rating were invited to participate in the Honors Recital. Rosie J. performed at Memorial United Methodist Church on Saturday, February 24th. Congratulations!  You guys did a great job!

Lovely Lent Pieces

Ash Wednesday is March 6th.  It begins the forty day fast to prepare for Easter.  Our students are learning new hymns for our Chapel services.  “Forty Days and Forty Nights”, “Just As I Am’, and Isaac Watt’s “Doxology” are some we are practicing.  The students are singing out of hymnals, reading notes, and rhythms.

The Fourth and Fifth grade students are beginning their Piano unit.  Each student will have an opportunity to practice and perform keyboard pieces in class. Students will be clapping rhythms, reading notes, and practicing fingerings and keys.  Pianos also encourage good pitch. The class with the most pieces learned and performed will have a Music party.

Sixth and Seventh will be learning about the Romantic era.  Chopin, Schumann, and Schubert are some of the composers we will study.  The students will read and listen to the stories of the composers’ lives.  They will also analyze their pieces using music terms. This would include dynamics, tempos, and articulation descriptives. They will also continue playing bells.

Susannah Joyce

The Primary through Second grade students have been identifying percussion instruments.  Bongos, xylophones, and glockenspiels have been a few favorites. (Pics. included) They are also practicing folk songs, church pieces, and fun songs.  “Kookaburra” and “Daddy’s Taking Us to the Zoo” are a couple of the best-loved. First and Second grade are also practicing Grandparent’s Day pieces and songs from our show, Aristocats.

Third and Fourth grade are practicing the recorders.  They are illustrating note recognition, rhythm, and fingering on the instruments. Fourth grade recently completed their curriculum on “Recorder Karate”.  Their favorite pieces are “Rain, Rain Go Away” (green belt) and “Amazing Grace” (brown belt). The Third grade will be performing “Indian Song” for Grandparents Day.

Fifth, Sixth and Seventh grade are practicing the bells. They are demonstrating note reading, rhythm, and correct ringing technique.  Some of the pieces they are practicing are “Fairest Lord Jesus”, “Jesus Shall Reign”, and “God is So Good”. The Fifth grade will be performing the Bells at Grandparents Day.  They will be playing the Prelude to the Chapel service.

Aristocats Cast 2019

Duchess- Aimee W. Lafayette-Heath W.

Toulouse-Jonah B. Vichy-Charlie T.

Marie-Morgan Y. Ssoise-Cooper K.

Berlioz-David M. Abigail-Elle F.

Thomas O’Malley-Dawson P. Amelia-Abbie Y.

Scat Cat-Carolina W. Cat Chorus

Wacky Cat-Emma B. Alli A. Mica L.

Mad Cat-Hannah B. Ava A. Kennley O.

Hep Cat-Molly L. Mary B. Maddie R.

Slick Cat-Addison B. Shepard B. Cora Jane W.

Madame-Kate H. Will B.

Edgar-Jon C. Staten C.

Roquefort-Rosie J. Ella C.

Napoleon-Ayres F. Olivia D.

Susannah Joyce

We are finishing up several units this week in Music class. The fourth grade class has completed their unit on “Recorder Karate”.  It is a curriculum that encourages students to play recorder solos by rewarding them with colored belts. Our fourth grade class completed the Black belt on Friday January 25th. They practiced pieces such as “Ode to Joy” by Beethoven, “Amazing Grace” by John Newton, and “When the Saints Go Marching In” Traditional.  Each student performed the piece in class as a solo in order to achieve the belt. There were nine pieces total in the curriculum. Way to go fourth grade!

The sixth and seventh grade classes completed a unit on the Classical Era.  Our seventh graders presented reports via their Chromebooks, complete with music games, graphics, and questionnaires. We studied Haydn, Mozart, Clementi, and Beethoven.  The children also completed several listening exercises using music terms for analysis.


The fifth grade class is practicing the bells.  They are organizing rhythms, notes, and ringing techniques.  Some of the pieces they are practicing include “Fairest Lord Jesus”, “God is So Good”, and “Jesus Shall Reign”. They will be performing the Prelude at the Grandparent’s Day service.  


The Primary through second grade classes are singing Folk songs, Funny songs, and Musical theater pieces.  They are also learning music symbols, notes, and rhythms through music games and drawings. The students recently had a lesson where they had to identify the music notes of the staff.  They used Skittles to identify the lines and spaces of the notes on the Treble clef staff.

Choirs: The “Aristocats” auditions are complete.  I will post the cast list by this Friday, February 1st.  Following is the Rehearsal Schedule. We will begin rehearsals on Tuesday, February 5th, at 7:00 a.m. in the Music room.  Everyone did such a great job at auditions!!! I am very proud of all of you, and I can’t wait to begin rehearsals. Congratulations!!!!!!!

Rehearsal Schedule “Aristocats”

Tuesday, February 5th Music Rehearsal: Full company 7:00-8:00 am

Thursday, February 7th Music Rehearsal: Full company 7:00-8:00 am


Tuesday February 12th Choreography  Large Dance numbers 7:00-8:00 am

Thursday February 14th Choreography Large Dance numbers 7:00-8:00 am


Tuesday February 19th Choreography Large Dance numbers 7:00-8:00 am

Thursday February 21st Choreography Large Dance Numbers 7:00-8:00 am

Tuesday February 26th Choreography Small Dance Numbers 7:00-8:00 am

Thursday February 28th Choreography Small Dance Numbers 7:00-8:00 am

Tuesday March 5th Block 1st half of the show. 7:00-8:00 am

Thursday March 7th Block 1st half of the show. 7:00-8:00 am


Tuesday March 19th Block 2nd half of the show. 7:00-8:00 am

Thursday March 21st Block 2nd half of the show 7:00-8:00 am


Tuesday March 26th RUN SHOW! 7:00-8:00 am

Thursday March 28th RUN SHOW! 7:00-8:00 am

Tuesday April 2nd RUN SHOW! 7:00-8:00 am

Thursday April 4th RUN SHOW! 7:00-8:00 am

Tuesday April 9th RUN SHOW! 7:00-8:00 am

Thursday April 11th RUN SHOW! 7:00-8:00 am


Susannah Joyce

Congratulations Candlelight 2018

The children did a great job at our Candlelight performances on Dec.18th and 19th. The students from grades 1, 3, and 5 sang on Tuesday, Dec. 18th, and the students from grades 2, 4 ,6, and 7 sang on Wednesday, Dec. 19th.  Everyone did such a great job! The students illustrated pieces in melody, 2-part harmony, and the Latin language. I am always so impressed how our students at Saint James present and perform such challenging music. Congratulations!

Melanie’s Melodies perform at the Mall

The children from the piano/vocal studio at Saint James (also known as Melanie’s Melodies) performed at the Mall on Saturday Dec. 15th.  The children played and sang Christmas carols, Folk songs, and Sacred pieces.

Aristocats Auditions Tuesday January 22nd

Students from grades 3rd-5th will be able to audition for speaking parts for the Spring Musical. Students must sing one piece and read lines from a script. Rehearsals will be Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 7:00am.

Grandparents Day Friday, February 15th

Several of our students will be performing on Grandparents day.  Grade 6th and 7th will be playing drums. Grade 5th will be performing the bells, and 3rd grade will be playing the recorders.  All the students from First through Seventh will be singing as a choir to finish the program. I know the Grandparents will be very excited to see and hear all the music from our fabulous students!

Katelyn Gunter


Melanie’s Melodies hosted its annual Fall Recital on Saturday Nov.10th.  All the students that participated were St. James students or graduates of St. James. We had 15 participants in the program.  It was a beautiful afternoon of music.



The first through sixth grade students will be performing our annual Candlelight services onTuesday, Dec. 18th and Wednesday, Dec. 19th.  Students should arrive at the church by 5:30 p.m.  The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. All students are expected to participate.  Grades 1, 3, and 5 will perform on Tuesday night. Grades 2, 4,6, and 7 will perform on Wednesday night. Soloists should be at both nights.

Dress: Girls- should wear Sunday best dresses with dress shoes.

Boys-should wear suit and tie or sports jacket and tie.


The children are sounding great in rehearsal, so I know they will have beautiful performances.

Katelyn Gunter

Yes, It is that time again! We are getting ready for our many Christmas programs at St. James.  The children have been singing up a storm!

Pre-K students have been practicing for the Pre-K Christmas pageant.  Characters have been assigned, and students are singing in various ensembles to create kings, flocks, angels, and farm animals.  Their pieces include “Joy to the World”, “Angels We Have Heard on High”, and “Silent NIght”. The challenge is for the little children is to wrap their mouths around such poetic words.  Phrases such as “Why your joyous strains prolong” and “Let men their songs employ” create a demanding task for four year old children. I am very impressed at their talent and determination to learn the Christmas carols.  These are pieces that will last a lifetime!

Kindergarten has been preparing for the Christmas Chapel program.  Their pieces include “Away in the Manger”, “Go Tell it on the Mountain’, and “ We Wish You a Merry Christmas”.  They have been playing the rhythms on percussion instruments, singing the pitches, and practicing the words. They are very excited to show their parents the Christmas carols they are practicing.

Candlelight 2018!  We are splitting the children up into grades to perform the Candlelight services. On Tuesday 12/18 grades 1, 3 and 5 will perform. On Wednesday 12/19 grades 2,4,6, and 7 will perform.  Soloists must perform on both evenings. Students have been singing beautifully in rehearsals. They are singing Advent pieces such as “Once in Royal David’s City”, “Ave Maria”, and ”Soon and Very Soon”.


Katelyn Gunter

Dear Parents,

The choir students from the fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh grades have been invited to sing at St. James Church on Sunday, November 4, 2018.  This is in honor of the 70th anniversary celebration of St. James Day school. Students should wear their chapel uniform with dress shoes. The children should arrive at 9:30am for a quick rehearsal with the church accompanist, Andrew Clark.  The service starts at 10:00am, and it will last about an hour.

I hope you will make every effort to be there.  This is such an amazing honor to sing at such a blessed event.

Thanks again,

Melanie Tipton


The children have been singing up a storm in Choir and General Music classes.  The children are practicing for the upcoming 7th anniversary of the school. They are also practicing for Candlelight and Veterans Day services.

The primary-second grade classes have been analyzing music terms such as note values, repeat and clef signs.  The children are clapping rhythms in class and playing a favorite game “Music Cake-Walk”. When the music stops, the children have to identify and define the music symbol they land on in the game.  What fun!

Third and fourth grade students are practicing the recorders.  They are playing such songs as “Old MacDonald”, “It’s Raining”, “Merrily We Roll Along”.  The children are recognizing the notes on the staff, illustrating rhythms, and fingerings.

Fifth grade should complete their unit on the Orchestra this week.  They are completing some puzzle pages that examine the families of the orchestra in great detail.  They are also playing drums.

Sixth and seventh grade students finished the Baroque Era last week.  They did a great job reporting, reading and analyzing the music from the period.  They will begin the Classical Era this week. They are also playing the ukuleles.


Katelyn Gunter

The Primary through Second grade classes have been practicing Folk songs, Fun songs, Church songs, and Halloween songs. They are also learning the names of the instruments in the orchestra. So far, they have studied the String instruments and the Woodwind instruments. This month, they will identify the instruments of the Brass and and Percussion instruments.


Third and Fourth grade students are practicing the recorders. They are illustrating the fingerings, notes and rhythms to the given pieces. So far, students of the Third grade can play notes “B”, “A”, and “G” on the recorder. The Fourth grade students are already up to their green belt in the Recorder Karate curriculum.

Fifth grade students are doing and extensive study of the orchestra. They are classifying instruments into families, creating orchestra charts, and recognizing the instruments by sound and picture. They are also playing the drums, and they can play ensembles 1 and 2 from the World Music Drumming curriculum.


Sixth grade students just finished a unit on the Baroque era. This included listening to the stories of the composers and their pieces. They studied Bach, Handel, Scarlatti, and Couperin. The Seventh grade students helped by creating reports for the composers and presenting them in class. They are also playing the ukuleles. They can illustrate notes on the strings and frets, and have played pieces such as “Ode to Joy” and “Go Tell Aunt Rhodie”.


Important Dates: Candlelight Auditions Oct.16th; 70th Anniversary performance at St. James Church Nov. 4th

Katelyn Gunter

Our Fifth grade students are studying the orchestra instruments.  They are learning about the different families of the orchestra, and they are learning to recognize the instruments by sight and sound.  They are also playing the drums. They are practicing Ensembles 1-4 from the World Music drumming curriculum. They are demonstrating different rhythms on various percussion instruments simultaneously.

The Sixth grade students are learning about the Baroque era.  They are studying Bach, Handel, Scarlatti, and Couperin. They are analyzing the compositions from each composer using music terms.  The Seventh grade students are helping teach the Sixth graders about the composers by writing a report and presenting it to the class. Sixth and Seventh grades are also practicing the ukulele.  They are reading notes on the staff as well as tabulator for the strings.

Third and Fourth grade students are practicing the recorders.  They are demonstrating notes in the treble clef, fingering and rhythm.  The Fourth grade students are testing for the Recorder Karate curriculum.  Most of the Fourth grade students have achieved the white and yellow belts.  They are singing fun pieces such as "Puff the Magic Dragon" and "Henry the Octopus".  They have created crafts to go along with the songs.

Primary-Second grade students are singing songs, playing percussion instruments, playing music games, and creating movement to songs.  Some of their favorite pieces are "On Top of Spaghetti", "Doe a Deer", and " How Much is That Doggie in the Window".


Katelyn Gunter
Spring Recital 2018
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Melanie's Melodies hosted its annual Spring Recital on Saturday May 19th at Saint James Church. All the members of the studio are students at Saint James Day school.  We had 13 participants in the recital.  Pianists from kindergarten through the sixth grade performed.  We also had two graduates from Saint James Day School perform.  One of our graduates sang Andrew Lloyd Weber's "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again" from the Phantom of the Opera. Pieces such as "Run, Mouse Run", "Feline Dreams", and Pacelbel's "Canon" were performed on the piano.  It was a wonderful afternoon of music. The children enjoyed a much earned reception of cake balls, cookies, and Cokes.

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Melanie Tipton
Spring Songs

          We are singing some of our favorite songs to finish up the school year.  "Camptown Races", "Pop Goes the Weasel", "Old Dan Tucker", and "Puff the Magic Dragon" have been studied and dramatized.   It has been a great year of music, and it is fun to sing some folk songs and pop songs.  The Pre-K through second grade classes are working and singing until the last day of school.

      The Third through Sixth grade classes will be participating in  Sixth Grade graduation.  It is scheduled for Thursday May 24th.  All students in these grades are expected to participate and perform.  The choir will be singing "Be Strong in The Lord", "The Summons", and "Gaudeamus Igitur".  It will be a nice ceremony to send our Sixth graders off into Middle School.


Melanie Tipton
April 30th: Congratulations to the "Jungle Book" cast and crew! What a show!

The students in first through sixth grade put on the production, "The Jungle Book" on  Friday April 13th at the Sullivan Center.  The children did a great job.  Our students really stepped up and performed a a beautiful show.  We had recorders, drums, and bells perform too. I think it was the best show I have ever been a part of since I have been teaching.  Thank you to the wonderful cast and crew of "Jungle Book" 2018!

The students are wrapping up the school year with instruments, music theory, sight-reading and sacred songs.  We will continue to work and practice until the last day of school. 

Melanie Tipton
Jungle Book Dress Rehearsal

The time is approaching for our annual spring musical.  This years musical is the "Jungle Book".  It will be held at the Sullivan Center at Texas High.  The performance is scheduled for Friday 13th at 6:30pm.  Students should arrive no later than 6:00pm for the performance.  We are having a dress rehearsal in the morning so the students can run the show on the stage with the set, lights, and sound.  The rehearsal is scheduled for 8:15am and they will need to be picked up by 12:00 noon. The children have been working and practicing hard for this presentation.  I am so excited to show you all the music and dance they have studied over the last two months.  We are looking forward to a fabulous show!

Melanie Tipton
Volunteers Needed

Dear Parents,

The First through Sixth grade students will be performing "The Jungle Book" on Friday, April 13th. As with any production, there are a lot of behind the scenes prep work and tear down at the end of the show.  I am asking if there are any parents that would consider staying after the production to tear down the set and scene.  We will be loading trucks and cars with scenery and instruments. Please let me know if you would be willing to help.  We are looking forward to a fabulous show!

Thank you,

Mrs. Tipton

Melanie Tipton

The Fifth and Fourth grade students have begun their keyboard unit.  They will be learning keys, fingerings, hand positions, rhythms, and notes in this unit.  Each student is encouraged to play their piece as a solo.  They should play at least two pieces a week.  This week, they demonstrated "Low and High" and "First March".  The children are having a great time learning and are enjoying playing on the keyboards. (pics. included)

"Jungle Book" rehearsals are going well.  We are concentrating on the choreography, and the children have illustrated "Jungle Prologue", "The Bear Necessities", and "The Monkey Song".  Our snake, Kaa,  had a great rehearsal last week too. The children are singing, dancing, and creating their characters.

Lent Pieces:  We are in the season of Lent.  Our students are practicing songs for Lent to sing at chapel.  "Forty Days and Forty Nights", "Just As I Am', and "From all that Dwell Below the Skies" are a few favorites.  The younger students are exhibiting how to sing out of the hymnals. The children are also discussing the meaning of the pieces and why Lent is such an important part of the Liturgical year.

Melanie Tipton
Music Class 2/7/18

The Music classes are very busy during this time of year.  We have Grandparent's Day performances, "Jungle Book" rehearsals, and music curriculum being taught.

Primary-Kindergarten classes are exploring instruments.  The students have played the Mexican instruments such as Maracas, Castanets, and Guiros.  They have also played the percussion instruments such as the cymbals, hand drums, and xylophones. (pics. included.)

The Elementary students are singing Disney songs for our upcoming Grandparent's day performance.  They are practicing, "The Second Star to the Right", "Zip-a-dee-doo-dah", and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious". They are also practicing some "Jungle Book" songs.

THe Middle school students are having 8 week units on their instruments. Sixth grade is playing drums,  Fifth grade is playing bells, Fourth grade is playing drums and recorders, and Third grade is playing recorders and singing. The Sixth grade is also studying the Romantic era, and the Fifth grade is studying a unit on Music Theory.

Melanie Tipton
Jungle Book Cast 2018

Bagheera- Catherine Joyce, Baloo-Jett Mayo, Mowgli-David Mayo, Shere Khan-Carter Shuffield, King Louie-Dawson Palmer, Shanti-Katie McKinney, Kaa-Carolina Womack, Coils-Emma Burks, Ella Crouch, Victoria Langley, Staten Crossland, Abby York, Colonel Hathi-Jon Chatelain, Baby Elephant-Rosie Jordan, Dizzy Vulture-Heath Wood, Ziggy Vulture-Ayres Fuqua, Silly Monkey-Annabelle Harp, Sassy Monkey-Amy Womack, Grumpy Monkey-Kate Hindman, Old Monkey-Molly Lippin, Jungle Thistle-Elle Floyd, Jungle Banyan-Hannah Brown, Jungle Lotus-Maddie Smallwood, Wolves- John O'Donnell, Olivia Kimmel, Cooper Kimmel, James Moore, Anna Clare Novasad, Adler Lemley Bees-Keenley O'Rorke, Addison Bobo, Morgan Yost, Mary Black, Birdie Roberts Dance Captains- Norah Jordan and Amy Womack

Pictures Enclosed- Sixth Grade Drums class.  They will be performing on Grandparent's Day Friday, February 16th.

Pictures Enclosed- Sixth Grade Drums class.  They will be performing on Grandparent's Day Friday, February 16th.

Melanie Tipton