Music is an important part of Bethany Lutheran Church & School. Throughout the course of a their career at Bethany, student’s experience a holistic approach to music education that seeks not only to prepare for them for high school, but also to instill in them a love and comprehension of the noble art of music for the rest of their life.
First Steps in Music . . .
From K-3rd Grade, our music curriculum focuses on developing the musical intelligence of students through varying levels of a curriculum based on John Feirabend’s First Steps in Music. In this, students learn to think melodically, be mindful of a steady beat, and appreciate the art of music through folk songs, classical music, rhymes.
Conversational Solfege . . .
Building upon what was learned in First Steps in Music, 4th and 5th graders move on to Conversational Solfege where music literacy is developed by learning rhythmic and melodic patterns as a language, and then learning how to identify, read, and write them as music notation.
Critical Listening . . .
Beginning in 1st grade, students commence a journey of listening to good music. In fact, by the time students graduate from 8th grade, they will have listened to 200+ pieces of music from the broader classical repertoire. However, they’re not just listening to music casually. Students at Bethany learn how to listen to music critically.
From 1st the 5th grade, students listen to one piece of music by a different composer every day for a week. Each time they listen, they are given a different prompt of specific things in that music to listen to.
6th-8th students follow a listening curriculum that parallels their required music courses (i.e. Liturgy & Sacred Music, Music & Culture). Throughout the course of the year, they listen to pieces of music from these periods of music history that they are studying a total of six times and complete an analysis that further develops their ability to listen to music critically.
Hymns of the Christian Faith . . .
Since the beginning of Christianity, people of the faith have sung hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs as a way of glorifying God, encouraging one another, and retelling the mighty acts of God’s redemption throughout the history of the world. To this end, students at Bethany Lutheran Church & School learn over 100 hymns between Kindergarten and their graduation from High School.
Instrumental Music . . .
In 3rd grade, all students begin their instrumental music journey on recorders. In 4th grade, students have the option of continuing on an instrument of their choice in the BLS Bands Program. With a choice from a variety of brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments, students in Beginner Band learn the fundamentals of how to hold and use their instrument, note-reading and rhythm. In 5th grade, students move into the Cadet Band where they continue to develop their skills. From 6th-8th grade, students are in the Concert Band where they dive deep into an appreciation for the instrument through more challenging repertoire and performance opportunities. All band students receive weekly technique classes where they receive more individualized attention to their developmental needs. Additional fees apply.
Choral Music . . .
3rd-8th Grade music classes are choral-based, meaning that in addition to learning the fundamentals of music and exploring music through listening, students begin singing standard choral repertoire and performing in chapel, church services, and other events. Students in 6th-8th Grade form a more advanced ensemble that further challenges their vocal and musical ability through an exciting range of repertoire from both sacred and secular genres.
J.S. Bach Academy of Music . . .
All Bethany Lutheran School students are welcome and encouraged to explore the opportunities available to them in the The J.S. Bach Academy of Music (The Bach Academy). The Bach Academy is the community extension of Bethany Lutheran Church & School’s commitment to music education, seeking to educate the whole musician through the following programs:
Private and Group Lessons Early Childhood Music Education The Bethany Lutheran Schola Cantorum
Kindergarten—8th Grade: Students use many different mediums and techniques to create their own unique artwork! By learning art principles and concepts, children create beautiful 2D and 3D projects that tie into their core subjects. Students love sketching, drawing, painting, sculpturing, and using the pottery wheel! They also help to create murals and props for Bethany’s celebrations and musicals.