Music

Debbie Vogelsberg

dvogelsberg@stlp.org

303.666.6220, ext. 102

My name is Debbie Vogelsberg. Before teaching at St. Louis, I taught one year in the Rocky Ford School District where I traveled to three different schools. After Rocky Ford, I was a para in the Big Sandy School District in Simla, Colorado.  I’m been at St. Louis Catholic School since 1981 when our daughter, Amy, was in kindergarten.  At that time, St. Louis didn’t have a music program for the students, so I volunteered to teach the kindergarten class music one day a week. The second grade teacher heard about it and asked if I could also teach music to her class, so the first year I had kindergarteners and second graders. The following year, the principal asked if I could teach grades K-6th.  I did this as a volunteer for three years.

In 1985 I taught at the ELC (which was called St. Louis Preschool) and taught the Pre-K class for seven years while also teaching music at the school. The children and families that I have met while teaching here have been a real blessing in my life.

I have a Bachelor of Music and Level I Orff training from Colorado State University and Kodaly Certification from Portland State University.  I continue to go to workshops offered by our local Kodaly chapter, keeping up with the latest trends in music education.

I believe that music of the best quality is what each student deserves, whether it is by listening, playing or performing. I believe that music is a skill that is developed over time and that each element of music is attainable for each student at their own rate of development.  “Doing” is an important part of my music classroom.  The student learns by doing, whether it is singing, playing, or moving. One teacher that I knew said that music is a verb!

I live in Lafayette with my husband of 44 years, Jerry.  We have two children, Amy and Aaron.  Amy is a general music teacher and our son, Aaron, is a high school band director.  We have four beautiful grandchildren, Mary, Ellie, Noah, and Hannah.  I love to garden and putt around the house.

I can’t think of another place that I would rather teach than at St. Louis Catholic School.

 

Music Philosophy, Archdiocese of Denver

Music is pervasive in the world. It is a universal means of individual expression that transcends language. It is a part of every culture and of all creation. Music is a means of individual expression, of communal sharing, and of worship. It is a means of transmitting culture and knowledge across the vast spectrum of human history. It is especially important in the history of the Catholic Church. “The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of other art. The main reason for this pre-eminence is that, as a combination of sacred music and words, it forms a necessary or integral part of solemn liturgy” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1156). Schools that value the education of the total person cannot neglect education in the area of music. Music education is an investment in the well-being of children. It empowers them to express what cannot be put into words alone. The curriculum addresses the fundamental music process in which humans engage; performing, creating and responding to music. Education allows students to express themselves in music, to enjoy music created by others, to be more discriminating consumers of commercially produced music, and to value a variety of musical expression. The richness of music from world cultures, from historical times, and as an expression of social movements and ideologies informs studies in history, literature, economics and language. The study of music is integral to a well-rounded education. Music is not an “extra” subject that can be dropped because of economic difficulties or limited time availability. Music is not just a background for other subjects in a school day; it is important in its own right. Because of the value that it has in educating the whole child and because of the power that it has to bring people to God, music education is integral to the school program in the Archdiocese of Denver Catholic Schools.

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