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Music Program

The music curriculum is based on the elements of melody, rhythm, form, and harmony. Beginning in kindergarten, weekly music classes emphasize active participation in singing and playing instruments. Students learn liturgical music for weekly liturgies. There is opportunity for students to participate in extracurricular choir programs beginning in the third grade. The extracurricular band program begins in fourth grade and continues through eighth grade.


Mrs. Skinner

Music | 3rd - 8th Grades

Mrs. Deborah Skinner is the Music Specialist at Our Lady of Grace School for Grades 3-8. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from St. Catherine's University and a Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of St. Thomas. She brings over twenty years of classroom and performance experience to Our Lady of Grace. In addition to teaching classroom music, Mrs. Skinner directs the Fifth Grade Choir and two Middle School Choirs. Mrs. Skinner is also responsible for coordinating and directing the music for the weekly all-school Wednesday liturgies. Mrs. Skinner co-directs the Eighth Grade play performed each year in May, a wonderful tradition for OLG.

Mrs. Cook

Music | K - 2nd Grades

Esther Cook has been a music teacher at OLG since 2000. She has served churches in Ohio and Minnesota as a children's choir director, organist, and accompanist. Her bachelor's degree in music education is from the University of Oregon School of Music. She earned  Kodaly Level I certification at the University of St. Thomas and is a member of the VoiceCare Network. She sings in church choir, teaches piano lessons and enjoys attending Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Opera and various chamber and choral concerts. Her family includes husband Tom, who works in higher education administration, and two adult sons. At OLG Mrs. Cook teaches K-2 General Music classes and directs the Third and Fourth Grade Choirs.