“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music; make music to the Lord…” Psalm 98: 4, 5
Students are taught to ‘make music to the Lord’ beginning in Pre-school and continuing through high school, preparing them for a post high school music education.
At Eastern Christian, music is viewed as a God-given gift to humanity. Our music education program strives to build skills that steward this gift for God’s glory. Our curriculum follows the National Standards in exploring melody, rhythm, form, expression, timbre, texture and harmony in music. Through vocal development, movement and dance, and introduction to pitched and non-pitched percussion instruments, students develop an appreciation for genres of music from many different cultures.
Kindergarten students attend weekly 30-minute music classes. Students in grades 1-4 attend music twice weekly. Special highlights of our music program include the option for violin instruction, beginning in 2nd grade, in place of one weekly music session. Fourth grade students participate in a combined chorus for one of their music classes. In addition, students in all grade levels may take piano and guitar lessons offered in our After School Program.
Musical Art Opportunities:
Open to all middle school students who have a minimum of 2 years instruction. Orchestra meets 3 days per week during Advisory period. Weekly small group pull-out sessions supplement the full orchestra rehearsals. Two formal concerts are presented as well as additional performances in other community events.
Open to 5th and 6th grade students, beginning band students can select a band instrument to learn to play. Beginning band students meet weekly for pull-out lessons with the band instructor. After one year of instruction, beginning band students can join the Concert Band.
Open to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students who have taken a minimum of one year of instruction on their instrument. Concert Band meets 3 days per week during Advisory period. In addition to 2 formal concerts per year, the Concert Band performs at other local community events.
A 5th and 6th grade choir and a 7th and 8th grade choir is offered to all students interested in singing. The 7th and 8th grade choir meets 2 days per week during Advisory period and the 5th and 6th grade choir meets 1 day per week. A variety of musical styles and genres are offered.
Musical Art Opportunities:
Concert Band is an instrumental ensemble including the woodwinds, brass and percussion families. It is geared towards those students who have a minimum two-year history of playing and reading music. Membership is based on consistent practice, attitude of service, and commitment to pursue excellence. This year-long course will challenge you as a student and a musician. Students are expected to participate in school concerts where attendance is mandatory, and students should expect the possibility of community events as well. Concert Band meets during SOAR 4 days per week. Once the fine arts credit requirements have been met, Concert Band becomes a non-credit elective.
Concert Choir is a full year non-auditioned ensemble that meets during SOAR 4 days per week. Concert Choir is a larger ensemble for freshmen through seniors. This course may be repeated in order to fulfill the fine arts requirement. Concert Choir studies, rehearses, and performs choral music ranging from Medieval Chant to music written during the 21st century. Concert Choir focuses much of its study, however, to more contemporary vocal literature from a variety of genres. This course will challenge you as a student and a musician. Students are expected to participate in school concerts, a spring field trip, and a limited number of community events. This course will challenge you as a student and a musician. Students are expected to participate in school concerts where attendance is mandatory, and students should expect the possibility of community events as well. Once the fine arts credit requirements have been met, Concert Choir becomes a non-credit elective.
Eastern Christian Honors Choir is a select, audition-based vocal ensemble of about 16 students in grades 10-12. ECHC members must participate in Concert Choir for the year. ECHC meets every other day for 1 block throughout the year. ECHC seeks to nurture and train students in the art and practice of small ensemble singing. As this is an advanced course, students must have basic music theory knowledge in order to participate with the group’s challenging music and studies. Students will continue to grow in their ability to read music and in ear training as well. The group focuses on proper vocal technique, breadth control, syncopation, intonation and rhythm for dynamic small group ensemble singing. Students will also study music in other languages, a capella pieces, Christian, contemporary, classical music and Broadway show tunes. Students are evaluated based on their active participation in class and at performances, rehearsal etiquette, and their ability to read, write and evaluate music. Students learn music theory and write their own original song. ECHC is an involved and active ensemble in the community. In addition to 2 formal concerts with the school, the group performs at several other venues throughout the year both in and out of school; this includes some nights, weekends and Sunday services. Membership requires a time investment and commitment to participate in the performances. Participation in this group is a serious commitment and an extremely rewarding one, filled with opportunity, laughter and lots of harmony!
This is a year-long elective which concentrates on music in the string literature (violin, viola, cello, bass) from baroque to present. Opportunity is provided for performance outside of school and for participation in Regional and All State Orchestra auditions. This course will challenge you as a student and a musician. Students are expected to participate in school concerts where attendance is mandatory, and students should expect the possibility of community events as well. Orchestra meets during SOAR 4 days per week. Once the fine arts credit requirements have been met, Orchestra becomes a non-credit elective.