Student Nora Campbell works with Beckie Hocker, Valley Catholic music readiness teacher, in the early learning program. (Courtesy Valley Catholic School)
Student Nora Campbell works with Beckie Hocker, Valley Catholic music readiness teacher, in the early learning program. (Courtesy Valley Catholic School)
BEAVERTON — No student is too young to build an appreciation for, and love of, music. That belief is at the heart of the music program at Valley Catholic School.

“We’re unique at Valley Catholic, offering music from early learning school all the way through high school,” said Beckie Hocker, Valley Catholic music readiness teacher.

Hocker has developed a program for Valley Catholic Early Learning School that teaches preschoolers music fundamentals in a way that excites and engages them. They sing, dance and wiggle around, while learning the basics like rhythm, note value and more. The program includes instrument sharing, using rhythm sticks or xylophone. Those concepts are integrated into games or other activities.

“I get a lot of feedback from parents telling me how much the students love music time each week,” said Hocker. “It makes me feel good to know that I’m instilling an appreciation and a lifelong love of music.” 

Music studies continue from kindergarten through fifth grade at Valley Catholic Elementary School, where all fourth-grade students learn to play the violin. The elementary school has a youth orchestra, handbell team and the Marian Singers, all led by Sister Denise Klaas, a Sister of St. Mary of Oregon. At Valley Catholic Middle School, students are required to join band, choir, glee or orchestra. 

Valley Catholic High School requires students to earn a credit in the fine arts. Students may take courses in art, band, choir, drama, jazz band or orchestra. The school offers a yearlong course in AP music theory.

The Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon campus is also home to Valley Catholic Music School, which offers private music lessons for children and adults from across the region throughout the school year. Their offerings include a music readiness program for 4- and 5-year-olds who are not enrolled at Valley Catholic. The fall program will begin Sept. 19.

“Music is at the heart of the sisters’ heritage and is a cherished part of the Valley Catholic experience,” said John Matcovich, Valley Catholic president. “Private lessons, classroom instruction and varied extracurricular opportunities support a vibrant music education curriculum across our campus from our youngest students through high school and for children and adults at our music school.” 



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