Last modified Dec 6

Music Overview

  • 6th Grade
  • 7th Grade
  • 8th Grade
I earned my B.A. and teaching certificate from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and 2017-18 marks my 3rd year at Holy Cross; throughout the previous nine years I've taught students at the Institute for the Arts at Green Bay East High School, Instrumental Music Company, and Resurrection School (now part of the Fr. Allouez campus, which is also a GRACE school). My husband and I live in Green Bay, and when we aren't teaching or playing music, you can find us exploring the outdoors on our bikes, or enjoying walks in our neighborhood. Besides being active outdoors, I enjoy reading, yoga, and spending time with friends and family.
Jennifer Johnson


Holy Cross has a strong tradition of great music-making. We believe that music is for everyone and that growing our knowledge and skills in music are an integral part of becoming the people that God intended us to be. We are spiritual, emotional, and social beings, and engaging in music making allows us to develop these aspects of ourselves more fully.

Kindergarten through 5th Grade

Students in our Kindergarten through 5th grade classes receive one hour of music instruction each week. 4th and 5th graders also have the opportunity to help lead music during weekly morning liturgy, and 5th grade students are welcome to begin learning a band instrument.


Rhythm, Pitch, Melody, Harmony, Beat.  These are the elements of music that we explore together in the classroom. Through song, movement, instruments, listening activities, games, and immersing ourselves in the language of music, we become more confident in our performance skills.

5th Grade Band 

Students in 5th grade are invited to begin learning a band instrument. This is always an exciting part of a student’s music education, and one of my favorite parts of teaching!

5th grade band students meet as a large group once weekly to rehearse and review what they are learning in lessons. Lessons occur during the school day and students are grouped by instrument. Check out this 4-minute TED talk on how playing an instrument enhances brain function in a unique and extraordinary way.

Middle School

Middle school students may participate in either band or choir- or both-  each year. Choir students help lead our weekly morning liturgies, and all students participate in our all-school performances, which are held in December and May. Students are also welcome to showcase their talents in our School Talent show, held in March.

This is a performance-based class for music students who desire to improve on a given instrument and experience a wide variety of band literature. 6th-8th grade students are grouped together and meet together twice weekly to rehearse in the full-group setting. Each student also receives a weekly individual or small-group lesson. Band students can look forward to:
-Playing pep band music, popular songs, marches and band overtures
-Participating in Solo Ensemble in March (optional)
-Meeting other GRACE band students at Day of the Arts at NDA
-Field trips and community-building time together as a band
Choir meets twice weekly and is open to young guys & gals who are eager to develop their voices and learn how to blend with others to create a unified sound. We explore singing in different languages and singing in parts. Singing in choir means you will:
-Learn contemporary Christian music, sacred music, popular music and traditional choral literature
-Have an opportunity to participate in Solo & Ensemble (optional) in March
-Serve our community: choir students lead weekly school liturgies (Thursdays at 8:00 a.m.)
-Day trips and opportunities to sing with other GRACE choral students

We look forward to meeting you!

Join us for weekly liturgy, or contact us to schedule a private tour.