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 second year as the music teacher.  I have been teaching music in the Lafayette public schools for the past 10 years and have been a parishioner at St. Perpetua for 25 years.  I love working with students of all ages and sharing my joy of music with them. When I am not teaching, I enjoy Scottish Country Dancing. You can reach me at

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.

This year, the music program will expand to its full grade-specific 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 about the 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.

Third Grade students will learn to play the recorder while learning basic music theory.

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 and singing in harmony. The focus this year will be on songs of American history and folk songs.

Sixth Grade will study music history through the lives of the composers from the late 1600’s to the present.

Seventh and Eighth Grade students will learn to play the ukulele while learning to read musical notation, chords and basic music theory.

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