Music & Choir

Embers PK-5th grade students look forward to weekly music classes with Mr. Sadlowski.  

K-5th grade students learn music theory, music history, age-appropriate sacred and secular songs, and a wide range of rhythm games and musical skills. Embers students learn to appreciate music as a part of their lives while developing the skills that enable them to share musical experiences with each other. Performance opportunities include the Christmas Concert and Graduation.

Students also learn a method of sight-singing using Solfege and the corresponding Curwen hand-signs. Students love gaining a greater appreciation and understanding of the song “Do Re Mi” from the Sound of Music, but more importantly this method helps students with their ear training and singing skills and provides a successful pathway to reading standard music notation. By using their hands to mimic their voices while singing, students better understand the spatial relationship between notes and can later transition the hand signs to note-reading.
In addition to music classes, Mr. Sadlowski also directs music for the liturgy during Embers’ Wednesday, all-school Mass. The 3rd-5th grade classes take turns leading the congregation in the opening and a closing hymns as well as providing music during communion.
Mr. Sadlowski also helps lead The ‘Spark’-lers Theatre Club for all interested 3rd – 5th grade students. Theatre students perform at our annual fundraiser, Embers Extravaganza, held at Allgauer’s in Northbrook in February.