Nicholas Anthony Ascioti, Composer and Conductor

St. Jude the Apostle School Music Program

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Music Program

The Music Program at St. Jude the Apostle School consists of a comprehensive curriculum designed by Mr. Ascioti. The curriculum includes the current Common Core Standards.

The Pre-K program is designed to teach children how to become interactive with music. The students will move and dance to music with the use of scarves other hands on materials. The SmartBoard technology is used in the classroom to make music more interactive to the students. The students in Pre-K prepare music for a Christmas Concert and students moving up to Kindergarten prepare songs for their graduation ceremony in the spring.

The Kindergarten program centers around learning the family of instruments. Students are exposed to all of the orchestral instruments, learning about their sound, how they are made, and how they work. When possible the students will be able to see and touch the instruments they learn about.

Casio keyboardThe 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Grade programs center around learning how to read music. Students first learn rhythms and their values, math is used to understand the rhythms. From rhythms students move on to learning the notes on the treble clef and then the bass clef. The students use the Keyboard Lab as a hands-on means to learn the material. The Keyboard Lab is a set of fifteen student size keyboards that are set up in the classroom. Newly added to the Keyboard Lab are 9 computers with FINALE, composition software which students will learn to use.

The 5th Grade program is Music History. The students begin the school year in Medieval Era learning about Georgian Chants then move forward. For each musical time period the students learn about the significant composers of that time. We listen to their music, look at their music, and get to know about the music.

FinaleThe 6th Grade program is called Student Composers. The students begin the year learning about poems and other writing structures. Then in a collaborative process the students begin writing the text for the music. When the text is done the students then learn how to create a melody and the other components of the song. The students use the Keyboard Lab along with composing software called Finale, which is installed on the computers in the Keyboard Lab.

School Chorus

The Chorus at St. Jude the Apostle School is under the direction of Nicholas Ascioti. Members of the Chorus are students in grades three through six. In addition to the Christmas and Spring Concert, the Chorus performs in different venues around the Capital Region including Colonie Center, Troy’s Victorian Stroll, Barnes & Noble, and the Albany VA Hospital. The Chorus has appeared on WMHT’s Music for the Holidays, and NBCTC’s Berkshire 9. If you would like to book the Chorus for an event please email

Click here for a "behind the scenes" look at the taping of Berkshire 9.

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Music Lessons

Mr. Ascioti offers private lessons after school. A half hour, private lesson is $25.00. Lessons are given on Mondays and Thursdays. Currently, all lesson times are filled. For more information please contact Mr. Ascioti.