Mrs. Mary Bentley
The music program at Holy Cross teaches children to read, write, listen to, perform, analyze and compose music. All students attend weekly music class. In the lower grades, students learn about music fundamentals such as rhythm, melody, tempo and dynamics. As the students progress through the music program, they are introduced to the elements of music theory. Performance and music appreciation are part of music class in all grades.
There are many opportunities for students to participate in music activities outside of class. The Lower School Choir (grades 3 through 5) and the Middle School Choir (grades 6 through 8) provide music for school masses and perform at the Christmas Program and Spring Arts Night Concert. All students in PreK through fifth grade perform in the Christmas Program. The middle school presents a spring musical, and the band (taught by Mr. Doug Harvey) performs two concerts per year. All students are encouraged to participate in the music programs at Holy Cross.
Teacher Bio – Ms. Mary Bentley
- B.A. Saint Olaf College, Northfield, MN
- J.D. The University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, IL
Ms. Bentley and her husband have lived in Rockville, Maryland for 25 years. Her daughter is also a music teacher, and works for Montgomery County Public Schools. In addition to teaching music and directing the drama program at Holy Cross Elementary, Ms. Bentley sings with the National Philharmonic Chorale at Strathmore, and teaches private voice and piano lessons. She enjoys cooking, knitting and reading.