Mr. Tom Makiling


Welcome to the school year 2018-2019!

Dear Holy Family Grade School Parents and Students,

I am Mr. Makiling, your music teacher. This is my 20th year of teaching here at Holy Family Grade School and I’m excited to be with you again this year.

Music is an integral part of our lives. With the words of Plato – Music gives to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything. Our school, your school has one of the most eclectic, vibrant and unique music curriculum in the area, incorporating the California Content Standards/Common Core for Music into the lessons, emphasizing in singing sacred songs from chant to modern as well as school-appropriate non-sacred or secular songs. Learning to read and sing choral music with different languages, solo, group or class performances are always encouraged. We also study the life of past and living great composers and their works, and we learn music theory as well. Our music at HFGS has been using technology as an integral tool for our program of study (e.g. iPad, computers, projectors, virtual keyboard, Garageband for 6th, 7th and 8th and other music apps).

The whole school holds three spectacular themed concerts a year during Fall, Christmas and Spring.

If you want to know more about HFGS music, come on in and be filled with a fun and exciting learning experience for you throughout the school year.

I look forward to seeing you!


Mr. Tom Makiling


General Music Teacher, Holy Family Grade School,

Music Director and Conductor, Holy Family Filipino Chorale

Music Director and Conductor, Holy Family Children’s Concert Chorus

Associate Music Director, Holy Family Catholic Church

Glendale, California


The highest mission of music is to serve as a link between God and man.

-John F. Kennedy