The St. Charles music program provides a basic understanding of and appreciation for many types of music. Students learn techniques for listening, reading, and performing music and learn about famous composers and their works. Singing, playing instruments, speech, and movement are used to learn and experience musical concepts.

  • Students in grades K-4 participate in the general music program.
  • Students in grade 3 learn to play the recorder.
  • Students in grade 4 participate in general music but may also join the school band.
  • Students in grades 5-8 have the option of participating in band or choir. The middle school choir program is divided into two sections: 5-6 choir and 7-8 choir. The band program is divided into two sections: beginning band and advanced band.

Special musical performances:

  • Elementary Patriotic Performance (K-4)
  • Advent Service (K-4)
  • Christmas Band and Choir Concert (Middle School)
  • Spring Band and Choir Concert (Middle School)
  • Elementary Spring Concert in Honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary (K-4)
  • St. Charles Parish VIP Band Performance (Middle School)


Middle school students who elect to sing in choir meet once a week for 45 minutes. Students sing a variety of songs from sacred and secular music, and have the opportunity to sing solos, in small groups or as a whole choir. Students are also given the opportunity to play instruments that accompany a choir piece, or to play a featured solo piece. Dance or choreography is often incorporated in our music.

In the fall, students begin preparing for the Christmas concert, and in the late winter they prepare for the Spring concert. Students also work on creating a musical slideshow that features student activities and events throughout the year. Often times, our choir students make posters and other props to help feature the theme of the music. It’s a lot of fun while also learning a variety of music.

“Singing is like praying twice.” Music is not only a part of academic life at St. Charles, but it’s a part of the spiritual life, too. Students are encouraged to help lead singing at school Masses by being a part of a cantor or schola ensemble for special occasions.


St. Charles School uses the Totino-Grace Fine Arts Academy for its band program. The staff of the Fine Arts Academy consists of Mr. Tim Hoffman, a brass and percussion specialist and Ms. Jessica Giers, a woodwind specialist. They are area professionals and directors who are currently on staff at Totino-Grace High School. Students participate in group band as well as small-group lessons. Instruction takes place once a week at St. Charles. Students put on two concerts during the school year: one in December and one in May. Find out more information about band enrollment!

St. Charles school is supported by St. Charles Borromeo Parish in St. Anthony Village, MN.  At St. Charles we provide a solid foundation of Faith & Knowledge for Life.  To schedule a tour, request more information, or enroll a student, please contact us by email or phone (612) 781-2643Spanish option: Si prefiere una respuesta de alguien que habla espanol, por favor indiquelo en su mensaje.