Mrs. Lisa Holmes

Welcome to the Music Program at St. Perpetua School! 

“To sing is to pray twice.” - St. Augustine

My name is Lisa Holmes and this is my third year as the school music teacher.  Before coming to St. Perpetua, I taught music in the Lafayette public schools for 10 years. I have been a parishioner at St. Perpetua for 26 years.  I love working with students of all ages and sharing my joy of music with them. When I am not teaching music, I am the aide in the TK classroom and I enjoy Scottish Country Dancing.  You can reach me at

Our music program will continue to provide an extensive and diverse curriculum. 

T-K and Kindergarten will focus on beat/rhythm, high/low, fast/slow, movement, singing and musical storytelling.

First Grade students will build on these early skills.  They will also begin to develop music reading and writing skills and sing songs celebrating holidays throughout the year. 

Second Grade will further develop their music reading and writing skills. The focus this year will be on songs from around the world and include culture studies and dance as well as music.

Third Grade students will learn to play the recorder while learning basic music theory.  In addition, they will learn about the three instrument families and the various instruments of the orchestra.

Fourth Grade will begin work as a chorus learning music theory, vocal technique, ensemble singing and part songs as they sing their way through the year.

Fifth Grade will continue work as a chorus expanding their knowledge of music theory, vocal technique, ensemble singing and singing in harmony. The focus this year will be on songs of American history and our American folk song tradition.

Sixth Grade will study music history through the lives of the composers from Bach to The Beatles.  This class is lecture based and includes taking notes as well as listening to many iconic classical works.

Seventh Grade will learn to play the ukulele while learning to read music notation and basic music theory.

Eighth Grade will further develop their ukulele skills with a focus on chord reading.  In addition, they will be singing and studying songwriting. 

Elementary school students are assessed on their participation in class.  They will have no homework, no tests and no extra credit.  The only exception to this is Third Grade.  They are encouraged to take their recorders home as often as possible to practice and reinforce what they have learned in class.  They also have a test mid-year to assess their progress in reading music notation.

Sixth Grade students are assessed on their note taking, music listening and participation in class.  Notebooks are collected twice per trimester and graded on a curve.  

Seventh and Eighth Grade students are assessed on their note/chord reading, progress on the instrument, participation in class and occasional listening homework.

In an effort to encourage students and families to take advantage of our rich musical community, I have created a page of links to many of the organizations in the East Bay and San Francisco (see the "Links" pull down menu). Please check it out if you are looking for a concert or show to enrich your child’s musical experience outside of the classroom. 

Why we study music?

This question has many answers. In my opinion, the following article answers this question resolutely.

“I know that the most joy in my life has come to me from my violin.” - A. Einstein

“Where words fail, music speaks.” - Hans Christian Andersen