Mr. Chang's Music Class

Why Music?

Music is a Science.
It is exact, specific; it demands exact acoustics. A conductor’s full score is a chart, a graph which indicates frequencies, intensities, volume changes, melody and harmony all at once and with the most exact control of time.
Music is Mathematical.
It is rhythmically based on the subdivision of time into fractions which must be done instantaneously, not worked out on paper.
Music is Foreign Language.
Most terms are in Italian, German, or French; and the notation is certainly not English - but a highly developed kind of shorthand that uses symbols to represent ideas. The semantics of music is the most complete and universal language.
Music is History.
Historians sometimes consider songs as more or less straightforward “reflections” of the society and culture in which they were produced. Many historians have used song lyrics to help understand the culture and consciousness of the people who sang and listened to them.
Music is Physical Education.
It requires fantastic coordination of fingers, hands, arms, lip, cheek, and facial muscles, in addition to extraordinary control of the diaphragmatic, back, stomach, and chest muscles, which respond instantly to the sound the ear hears and the mind interprets.
Music is Liturgical and Religious.
St. Augustine once said is “qui cantat, bis orat” (He who sings prays twice). Besides singing our hearts out at our monthly In School Liturgies, students in rotating grades serve the Parish Community as Music Ministers and when we do, it’s not just a performance but our most sincere prayers.
Music Develops Insight and Demands Research.
Music is all these things, but most of all,
Music is Art.


That is why I teach music;
Not because I expect you to major in music or sing and play all your life...

But so you will be human
So you will recognize beauty
So you will be closer to God,
an infinite beyond this world.

So you will have something to cling to
So you will have more love, more compassion,
more gentleness, more good -
in short, more Life.


Dear Students and Parents,

Welcome to Mr. Chang’s Class Page!
We are off to a great year...

Students in Grades K, 1 and 2
are learning the Basic Musicianship, Instrument Families and Note Reading.
Students in Grades 3, 4, and 5 are learning the Basic Musicianship, Note Reading, Theory and Ear Training.
Students in Grades 6, 7, and 8 are learning about the History of Music from Medieval Music to new music by living composers.

Performance Opportunities; Students in Pre-K through Grade 8 are required to perform at the Christmas and spring concerts, monthly in-school liturgies and weekly family masses.
  Additional performance opportunities include Port Washington Christmas tree lighting ceremony, Christmas eve mass, Catholic schools week liturgy, and Year-End Recital.

Private Instructions on Piano, Guitar, and Drums are available after school on Mondays and Wednesdays. Group Instructions on Woodwind, Brass and Strings are available after school on Tuesdays through Paul Effman Music service. All students enrolled in the after school music programs are required to participate at the NYSSMA festivals and the Year-end recital.

Extra Help available (by appointment only) from 7:30AM-8AM on Mondays and Fridays, and from 10:30AM-11:30AM on Sundays.

Please feel free to email me at JChang5632@stpeterspw.org should you have any questions or concerns.

all the best,
Mr. Chang