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Arts & Music

Fine Arts play a key role in developing the brainpower it takes to explore, create or calculate. Continual exposure and instruction in the arts have been found to:

  • Raise academic scores
  • Teach cooperation and teamwork
  • Grant emotional stability
  • Create self-esteem

Exposure to the arts has proven to be invaluable to our children, our educational system and our humanity. Studies have shown that music, art and drama can teach children many skills that they cannot learn through pencil and paper activities. A fine arts education is essential to a child’s mental and emotional development.

Visual Art
Kindergarten through 12th grade students are taught the fundamentals of art including the basic elements (line, shape, value, texture, color) and principles (balance, rhythm, repetition, harmony, unity, variety…) with which to express themselves creatively.

Their joy in creating visual art is another means of singing back to God who first created us. Most of our students also display their art online and/or enter local, regional and national art competitions.

Available at: High School, Middle School, Elementary School

Battle Creek Area Catholic Schools Band Programs
Experts have concluded that the study of music helps with spatial reasoning, test taking, and overall quality of life! Band allows students to exercise social skills, emotional development, leadership training, group interaction, aesthetic perception, music making, and the discipline of being in a band program. This is why we value and include band instruction for students at St. Joseph Elementary, Middle School and St. Philip Catholic Central High School.

Available at: High School, Middle School, Elementary School

Pep-Band
Our pep-band is comprised of band students in grades 8–12. We perform at all home varsity football and boys basketball games. Attendance is required and a graded component of band class. Younger band students are welcome to join us on a voluntary basis. Alumni and other adult musicians, current on an instrument are always welcome to join us!

Available at: High School, Middle School

Solo & Ensemble Festival
Band students in grades 7–12 may compete in the Michigan School Band & Orchestra (MSBOA) Solo & Ensemble Festival. Each year, there are different sights for high school and middle school S&E festivals. High school S&E is usually held in January with middle school S&E occurring in mid-April. Students perform solos and/or ensembles (duets, trios, quartets, quintets, etc.) before a judge and receive a rating and comment sheet. Students receiving a I or II receive blue and red medals.

Available at: High School, Middle School

Middle School Choir–Elective
The St. Joseph Middle School Choirs study and sing a variety of music in class. We present two concerts each year: Christmas and Spring. Our choirs are often invited by the community to sing for local nursing homes, Veterans Administration Medical Center and area service clubs. Each choir serves as the Mass Choir for our weekly school Mass.

Available at: Middle School

High School Liturgical Choir
The Liturgical Choir leads the students in song and worship for all school masses. The members of the choir meet weekly after school and work on Liturgical music for student Masses.

Available at: High School

St. Philip Catholic Central Marching Tigers
Membership in the STP marching band consists of all students, grades 9 through 12, enrolled in band. Eight-grade students may be selected by the band director for participation as needed to fill instrumentation needs. The primary goal of the marching band is to prepare students for participation in marching bands at the collegiate level. In addition, marching band is a vital and exciting component of the school band experience and we are pleased to now offer this opportunity to our St. Philip band students.

St. Philip students not enrolled in band may try out for the color guard (flag line). Color guard members practice after school a minimum of 2 days per week. Performances will include all St. Philip Varsity Football games played at home (Battle Creek Central’s C.W. Post Field), Superfest and the Battle Creek Holiday Parade. Additional performances may be added during the school year.

Available at: High School

Battle Creek Area Catholic Schools

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Questions? Call Cathy Erskine at 269.963.1131