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I have spent 20 years at Notre Dame of De Pere, and before that I spent 3 years at Clay Lamberton Middle School, Berlin. Notre Dame is special because of the wonderful, faith-filled students, family and faculty. I love the enthusiasm and energy of the students and the support of families, faculty and staff.
Melissa Freeman
“We Shall Overcome” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Music Class 2017-2018

S.M.I.L.E.  See Miracles In Life Every day. 

“A Cheerful look brings joy to the heart; good news makes for good health”. -Proverbs 15:30

Notre Dame School of De Pere develops young minds into future leaders of the Catholic Faith and the community.

MS Syllabus

Upcoming Important Dates

Wed. May 2, 2018 School Liturgy at St. Francis at 8:35 am led by Fourth Grade.

Wed. May 9, 2018 May Crowning Mass at St. Francis at 8:35 am led by Second Grade.

THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018:    6-8 SPRING CONCERT, 1:00 and 6:30 in the MS gym.

Thursday, May 24, 2018:  5-8 INSTRUMENT CONCERT, 1:45 pm in the MS gym.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018:  8th grade Graduation Mass, 6:00 pm at St. Mary.


Middle School:  Students have now all auditioned for our May 17, 2018 production of Shrek the Musical, Jr.  The official cast list has been posted!  I was SO impressed with how well students worked hard to put facial and bodily expression into their audition!  Students have begun to work on the Shrek music, focusing on who sings which part of the song.  They have helped to mark these parts in their music and to sing with melodic and rhythmic accuracy.  We are on schedule to have scenes 1-3 memorized by April 12, scenes 5-6 memorized by April 20, scenes 7-9 memorized by April 27, and scenes 10-12 memorized by May 3. Hopefully, we won’t be interrupted by any more weather days.  Students will prepare the music for the weekly school Masses as well. Just a few short weeks away from show time now!

Elementary School:  Students in grades 4 & 5 have been learning new Broadway songs from Anastasia, “Once Upon A December” and from School of Rock,  “You’re In the Band”. We have also returned to recorder work.  Grade 5 students are working on a You Can Play It unit.  Grade 4 students will be starting Recorder Karate.  Students in grade 3 have begun their recorder unit!  We are currently hard at work on Mission #3  (Saturn) and will soon begin Mission #4 (Jupiter).  Students in grades K-2 have been working on episodes of The Music Show, learning about ostinato (a music phrase that repeats over and over in a song).  We have been adding boom whackers to play along.  They have also bee working on the Beat Street unit playing on bucket drums.   Students in all grades will prepare the music for the weekly school Masses as well. We sure are enjoying our new Flip Form risers!  They even fold down into a stage when we practice our musical.


Band and Guitar: Band and guitar lessons for grades 6-8 will begin the week of September 11, 2017.   Band and guitar lessons for grade 5 will begin the week of September 18, 2017. Click on link below for the band and guitar schedule and registration information.

Grade 5-8 Band & Guitar Schedule and Registration Information

5th Grade Band & Guitar Registration

Music and Band Performance Dates:

Friday, Nov. 10, 2017:  Veteran’s Day Assembly

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017:   Christmas Concert, K-5, 1:00 & 6:30

Saturday, March 3, 2018:  GRACE Solo and Ensemble, 8:00 am til approximately 1:00 pm. for all interested band members, solo singers, private piano, guitar and string students in grades 6-8.  Notre Dame of De Pere will host this event.

Thursday, May 17, 2018:  Spring Concert, 6-8, 1:00 & 6:30

Thursday, May 24, 2018:  Spring Instrument Concert, 2:00 for band members and guitar players in grades 5-8.


Middle School:  Be sure to check Google Classroom for any assignments.  Class time is given to work on assignments given.  Students are reading/singing through the Shrek, Jr. script.  We are preparing for auditions during the week of Feb. 26.  Students have also learned how to operate Notre Dame of De Pere’s  sound and lighting equipment.


Elementary School:  Come to music class ready to sing and learn!  We are continuing to prepare our music for school Masses.  Students have been working on Music Elements units: dynamics, tempo, rhythm patterns.  We are preparing to begin our instrument unit in March.

Learning Links:

For information about our Christmas concert, “The King and Me, click the link below:


For information about the Spring Concert Musical, SHREK THE MUSICAL, JR. , click on the link below.