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Music is an excellent vehicle for praising the Lord Jesus Christ. Made in the image of God (Genesis 1), the whole man includes creativity which is a reflection of God's creative work. The goal is to offer students the highest quality training in Music possible, to share our love of Christ and of music, and to create a lifelong appreciation of it for students. "Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him." (Colossians 3:17) "It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High." (Psalm 92:1) "Sing to him a new song; play skillfully and shout for joy." (Psalm 33:3)

Curriculum

Pre-AP Music Theory - Let's start at the very beginning - a very good place to start! This class is designed to teach the fundamentals of music theory and composition to students who desire read, write and understand music better. These fundamentals are learned through keyboard skills, improvisation, composition, the reading, writing and performing of notes on the staff, rhythms, meters, scales and music listening. A wide variety of music is explored. Students may also choose to continue next year with the AP Music Theory Class.

AP Music Theory - This class is a rigorous course that expands upon the skills learned in the Pre-AP Music Theory Class which include keyboard skills, solfege singing, reading and notating music on staff paper, call and response, contextual listening and composition. It is designed to further develop the skills necessary for thoroughly understanding music theory and composition. Upon completion of this course, students will be prepared to take the AP Music Theory Exam.

Christian Music Then & Now - This class is designed to take the students on a journey through the history of sacred music. It will focus on the development of music from the Old Testament times to the present. It includes the origins of Sacred Music, Chant, music from Medieval times through the Romantic Period, Chorales and Hymns, Congregational Music, Gospel Music, Christian Country, Folk and Contemporary Christian Music. We look at the composers and the historical and personal events that shaped their lives and their music, and we discern, through listening, the various styles and characteristics of the various musical eras.

Music Listening & Appreciation - This class is designed to take the students on a journey through the history of music from the fifth century A.D. to the present. We begin with Medieval Music and travel through the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, 20th Century and Contemporary including Blues, Jazz, Ragtime, Swing, the American Musical and Avant-Garde. We look at the lives of the composers such as Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Beethoven, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Debussy, Copland, Gershwin, Bernstein to name a few. We are able to discern, through listening, the various styles and characteristics of these musical eras.

Performance Groups

Middle School Concert Choir - Students learn and use the basic elements of music which includes reading music in both the treble and bass clefs, sight-singing, melody, harmony, rhythm, tone color, dynamics and tempo. We learn proper vocal production of sound and we sing a variety of styles of music and multi-lingual/cultural music. In addition, the Christian Performing Arts are an important tool for teaching the messages behind the music, discipline, positive attitude, self-control, commitment and the setting and achieving of goals. Our goal is to share the love of Christ and of music and to create a lifelong appreciation of it for students as well as audiences. They perform in Christmas and Spring Concerts as well as competing in Junior High ACSI Fine Arts Festival.

High School Concert Choir - Students continue to use the basic elements of music learned through the experiences in Middle School Choir, but at a much higher level of complexity. The students sing in four-part harmony in a variety of styles of music and multi-lingual/cultural music. We strive for a full, mature choral sound and students have the opportunities to participate in the Dauphin County Choral Festival and the District Choral Festival by audition. They perform in Christmas and Spring Concerts as well as competing in the High School ACSI Fine Arts Festival. Every three years, the students have the opportunity to participate in the Candlelight Mass Sacred Choir in Disney World in Orlando, Florida along with experiencing a workshop with a Disney professional performer.

Middle School Handbell Choirs - We have five octaves of Handbells and three octaves of Chimes. Students learn the basic techniques of ringing Handbells and reading music written and arranged specifically for Handbells. This includes reading notes in both the treble and bass clefs, using melody, harmony, rhythm, tone color, dynamics and tempo. The students learn ringing techniques as well as damping, plucking, martellato, lifts, swings, thumb-damping and the use of mallets. Sixth and Seventh Grade Handbell Choirs meet for one semester, and the Eighth Grade Handbell Choir meets for the entire year. They perform in the Christmas and/or Spring Concerts, and the Eighth Grade also participates in the Junior High ACSI Fine Arts Festival.

Advanced Handbell Choir - We have five octaves of Handbells and three octaves of Chimes. Students expand on the basics learned in Middle School Handbell Choir and play Level II and IV difficulty of music written and arranged specifically for Handbells and Chimes. They use a variety of ringing techniques as well as damping, plucking, martellato, lifts, swings, thum-damping, ring-touch, four-in-hand, Shelley ringing, gyros, wa-was and the use of mallets. They perform in the Christmas and Spring Concerts as well as the High School ACSI Fine Arts Festival.

Worship Team - The High School Worship Team consists of musicians with a heart for worship and for leading with excellence. Participants serve in a variety of roles including vocalists, guitars, bass, drums and percussion, keyboard, sound board, microphone and monitor setup, and creating powerpoint presentations. They rehearse after school and lead worship music for Chapel one day weekly. Performing members are rotated monthly to allow everyone the opportunity to lead.

Events

County Choral Festival - The Dauphin County Choral Festival takes place annually in the Spring and is open to any Sopranos, Altos, Tenors and Basses who are current members of the High School Concert Choir. Music and rehearsal CDs are given months in advance and there are a few after-school rehearsals prior to the Festival. Students have the opportunity to sing a variety of challenging music with about 250 other musicians from around the County. A guest conductor leads a one-and-a-half day rehearsal followed by a Concert Performance.

District Choral Festival - This Chorus is a by-audition Chorus and is open to Sopranos, Altos, Tenors and Basses who are current members of the High School Concert Choir. Music and rehearsal CDs are given to students at the end of the school year. They have the summer to learn and prepare the music. There are a few after-school rehearsals in the Fall and auditions take place the end of October. The District Chorus consists of 50 Sopranos, 50 Altos, 50 Tenors and 50 Basses selected by audition. The audition is a one-day process and is judged by the Choir Directors from District 7 in Pennsylvania. The Festival is a two-and-a-half-day rehearsal with a guest conductor followed by a Concert Performance.

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