The music program is designed to introduce students to the basics of music: singing, reading, playing, performing, writing, history, and theory. It emphasizes the importance of using our musical talents and skills for God’s glory, especially by singing in church. By the time a student graduates, it is hoped that he/she has become familiar with these basics and developed an interest in continuing with music beyond the general music classroom.
Each lesson is presented in several different ways, so that a variety of learning styles are addressed. The students learn about a musical idea or concept, sing a song that uses that concept, locate it within the song, and then listen to a classical piece in which the concept is illustrated. Students often draw or write in their music workbooks. Movement is used, especially in the younger grades, to feel the beat of the music, and to locate notes on a floor staff. Playing the flutophone, recorder, and rhythm instruments are other ways the students use movement to learn.