St. Michael Catholic Church

Music: Ms. Padden


Ms. Joanna Padden



Greetings families,

I am incredibly blessed to be here at St. Michael Catholic School as your music teacher.  I have been teaching at StMCS since 2003 and previously taught music and art at St. Joachim's Catholic school in Philadelphia through AmeriCorps/Catholic Volunteer Network.  I graduated from the College of St. Benedict with a degree in music and education and received my Master of Education from St. Mary's University.  I continue my professional growth though graduate courses at St. Thomas University and received training and certificates in Orff, Kodaly, World Music Drumming, Curriculum Design, and Bodymind and Voice.  In my free time I enjoy hiking, camping, crafting with my sister, spending time with my family (especially my niece and nephews), playing piano, guitar, flute, ukulele and folk harp.   I look forward to a wonderful year of learning and creating music with your students!

Summer Guitar links and songs

Ukulele practice slides:

Ukulele song slides:

Online ukulele tuner:


Grade 4:

Recorder Handbook (practice reminders, belt levels and practice bugs)

Learning the Recorder Video (start at 3 min. mark)

Recorder Practice Videos (B, A, G)

Treble Clef Game   (timed)

Beginner Treble clef game (Click treble clef and beginner level) 

Word Spell Treble Clef     

Staff Wars (download)                

Grade 2:           






Conferences and Volunteer Opportunities

Please click on the button below to sign up for parent/teacher conferences, as well as classroom volunteer opportunities.