Advanced Practice Rhythm Chart Samples / Grade Levels 4 to 8

SAS students from grade levels 4 to 8 may use these links to open-review-print student-created advanced rhythm charts from previous years. They are appropriate for IV Quarter but students may try them in advance.

In the long run these wonderful rhythm exercises should be thoroughly developed step by step, with specified requirements as instructed by the teacher, Learning and rehearsing every detail individually and by groups should be achieved approximately towards the end of the school year.

Our SAS students from grades 4 to 8 will immensely benefit from these special exercises that will enhance at once sight reading as well as percussive instrumental skills.

Alma Mater Glockenspiel sheet music

Students from 3rd grade and up have --this quarter and part of the next-- an ongoing assignment in music class consisting on playing on the glockenspiels our school's Alma Mater. Elementary school (3rd, 4th and 5th grades) only need to play the Refrain part of the song. MS students --and specially eight grade-- should be able to play the whole piece. Feel free to print a copy for your review at home.

Bach and Handel, and the Baroque Music Period - Articles Review

Reviewing the following articles will help prepare grade levels 4 and 5, and Middle school students for the incoming review on Baroque Period Music Unit. Please make sure to read all three articles. Another valuable source of information for this unit is the movie 'Bach's Fight for Freedom' available in full length at


Mr. Bornot

Black History Month - Music Class Assignment

This year our celebration of Black History Month in music class have been centered in the music of the Civil Rights Movement in America during the 1960s. From 4th to 8th grade, an article on the objective -"Music of the Civil Rights"- will be read and discussed in class. A multiple choice questionnaire on the article will be completed afterwards. Completion of this questionnaire is mandatory for all students on these grade levels.

In addition, students will have the option of preparing an extra-credit report on one of the songwriters and musicians that played a determinant role supporting Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights movement with their freedom songs. Among these artists we find folksingers Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, and Bob Dylan; Blues and Soul singers Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Odetta Holmes, and Sam Cooke; and Jazz icon John Coltrane.

Attached you will find the article "Music of the Civil Rights" for your review.

Choir Tryout Form

This file is available for printing in case any parent needs to obtain a copy of it. Please, remember any student trying for choir needs to present this form completed and signed by one of the parents or person in charge in order to be accepted to an audition for choir. Regular school year choir tryouts usually take place on the 3rd week of may, but extra auditions may take place at any moment during the school year -at the discretion of the music director- if a space in the choir become available. Parents of children interested in choir from 4th grade and up can always make a request for consideration through email or sending a note. I will take your request very seriously, paying more direct attention to your child during music class and helping him/her to prepare for an audition when the opportunity arises

Many Blessings,

Mr. Bornot

Common Parts of the Mass Responses (Music Setting: "Mass of Christ The Savior") / Lyrics - Sheet Music

Just click on the PDF format file of your choice (lyrics only or sheet music) to open/save or print the document for your review.

Discipline Plan - School Year 2019-2020

February 1, 2019, First Friday All-School Mass / Song Lineup / Lyrics

Here you have all song lyrics for February 1, 2019, First Friday All-School Mass available for your review and/or print. Video clips of these hymns can be found in You Tube by typing the titles in the Search window.

March 2, 2018, All-School Lent Mass - Song Lineup and Lyrics

Our next March 2 All-School Mass will host a much anticipated All-Eight-Grade choir. Many of these students are the same that six years ago sang with an All-2nd Grade choir for the May Crowning Mass 2012. They were totally gracious and amazing on that occasion! Let's hope they will live up to that experience of so many years ago. Feel free to print out the songs for your review. Obviously all parents and abuelos are invited to join us for that liturgy.

Lenten Blessings to all, see you there.

Mr. Bornot

October 12, 2018, Hispanic Heritage All-School Mass / Song Lineup / Lyrics/ Media Links

Included is the song lineup for October 12 Hispanic Heritage All-School Mass. Here you can find the lyrics attached on PDF format, and also available media links. As always, choir members, all students and parents, feel free to print the lyrics and listen to the music from the media links below to familiarize with these hymns in Spanish.

Entrance: Al Señor Invocaré

Offertory: Todo Lo Poco Que Soy

Communion: Pan de Angeles

Recessional: Mi Dios Está Vivo/Alabaré (Medley Carismático)

October 13, 2017, Hispanic Heritage All-School Mass Update/ Song Lineup - Lyrics / Media Links

Note: Because of the recent events in our community related to hurricane Irma, families recovering from damages to their properties, school and activities still in the process of reorganizing etc., Hispanic Heritage All-School Mass has been rescheduled for Friday, October 13, 2017. The song "Virgen Mambisa" has been tentatively added as meditation since that week is going to take place the main Archdiocesan celebration of Our Lady of Charity, Saint Patroness of Cuba, on Thursday 12.

Media links:


Ofertorio Nicaraguense\

Señor, Tu Eres el Pan

Ven, Santo Espiritu

Virgen Mambisa

Mi Dios Esta Vivo

Ongoing Resource Assignment - 3rd to 5th Grade Rhythm Chart Sight Reading Assignment: Whole, half notes and rests.

Students from 3rd to 5th grade can benefit by sight reading, drilling individually or by groups the first exercise on this chart and also creating/sight reading/drilling their own exercises following the directions on the worksheet. This is an ongoing resource assignment that students on those grade levels can try any time in advance during the year. Feel free to consult and ask for advice to the music teacher. There is no need of an instrument to exercise these rhythms. The results of this practice will be credited to each students that completes the task any moment during the year.

SAS New Choir Members for the School Year 2017-2018

Please, see the attached document in PDF format

September 1, First Friday All-School Mass - Song Lineup / Lyrics & Media Links

Our first school mass this year (Friday, September 1) includes two new songs: "King of My Heart" by Greg Walton, and "Clean" by Natalie Grant. Both titles promise to result highly appealing among our young students and make us all feel the very presence, love and forgiveness of our Lord Jesus Christ.

These are You Tube links to the hymns for this mass:

Entrance: Lord I Lift Your Name On High (MercyMe version)

Offertory: King of My Heart (Spirit & Song2)

Communion: God of Wonders (by Third Day)

Meditation: Clean (by Natalie Grant)

Recessional: Awesome God (Michael W. Smith live)

Whole, Half and Quarter Note Practice-at-Home Rhythm Charts

Yet another yearly ongoing assignment for students from 4th to 8th grade. Students on those grade levels can use these practice charts to drill at home rhythm combinations with whole, half and quarter notes in order to improve rhythm sight reading skills. Rhythms can be chanted or clapped. Students can prepare these exercises and present one or more to the music teacher for an extra credit evaluation any moment of the year. Have fun!