“It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High, proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night” – Psalms 92:1-2
We learn through scripture that we are born to worship; to love God and be loved by Him. So in Kindergarten thru Sixth grade music, our purpose is to joyfully make excellent music to our God.
Because our purpose is rooted in worship, all classes begin with prayer and singing a hymn. Music literacy is taught using the Kodaly and Suzuki method. In order to grow in our appreciation of music, music history is also taught throughout grammar school music.
Kindergarten through Second Grade
In kindergarten through second grade, we use songs to worship and take our first steps of music literacy. Children learn to read and write music using singing, rhythm instruments, hand bells and body movement.
Third and Fourth Grade
In third and fourth grade, we explore using other instruments, along with our voices, as tools to enhance our worship. Third grade begins a 2 year study of violin. This is a great time for students to explore worship beyond the words of a song and make music instrumentally.
Fifth and Sixth Grade
In fifth and sixth grade, students may choose a string, wind, or percussion instrument in addition to singing in choir. Students are encouraged to invest their talent into the Kingdom by performing in a Fall Community Performance, two concerts, and local Fine Arts Festival. Psalm 57 declares, “I will praise you, Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.”
Grammar School visual art is a hands-on introduction to the elements of art, various art mediums, and a beginning foundation of art history. Kindergartners through sixth graders attend art weekly, learning the fundamentals of drawing that will carry over to other mediums such as painting, printmaking, photography and sculpture during their grammar years. Each art lesson has a “master artist” that serves as an example of beautiful art done by a master. Going back as far as ancient Greek and Egyptian art, students look to fine examples of art throughout history.
Each grade of art overlaps lessons in the Bible, history, and science that is being taught in the homeroom. While fourth graders are learning about the Renaissance in history, in art class they are learning about Renaissance contributions to art, such as one-point perspective and illuminated manuscripts while creating artwork of these genres. Grammar school art is a colorful walk through the creative process, looking to the order and beauty of God’s world.
Beginning in Kindergarten, students in the Lower School begin performing in class and on the stage through classroom productions such as “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “The Kissing Hand” and recitations during special events like the 5th Grade History Fair and the 6th Grade Underground Railroad simulation.