Music is a fair and glorious gift of God; and it lies very near to theology.
-Martin Luther (1483-1546)
All students at Messiah Lutheran Classical Academy participate daily in music’s highest role as a vehicle for God’s Word. The most important thing music can teach is the faith. For this very reason, the Lutheran Church has a rich musical heritage. This heritage shows a keen awareness by our forefathers of the important connection between Word and song. We have hymns and liturgy that present the Gospel in a unique and beautiful way.
Music also trains the mind. The ability to make music demands thinking in action. This skill is built through the study of musical performance. The study of music improves cognitive development and helps a child’s performance in other subjects. It shows children that successful results can be achieved through hard work. Recent studies have revealed a connection between musicians and above average test scores.
The appreciation of music helps children make educated decisions about their music choices. We are surrounded by music everywhere we go from a grocery store to a performance hall. A music education helps our children decide what music is valuable to them.
Music deserves a place in our curriculum based on its own merits, but in addition, it acts as a teaching tool for other aspects of our curriculum and life. Most of us learned the alphabet through song. This kind of song or chant can be used as a means of fact memorization. This is highly effective within the classical model of education. Childhood songs are very rarely forgotten, and therefore, they are the perfect medium for presenting the grammar of different subjects.
Finally, music is simply enjoyable. It has always been used in social settings as a form of entertainment. Through music, friendships are built, families are united, and countries are identified.
We are pleased to offer the students of Messiah Lutheran Classical Academy the opportunity to read music, play piano and strings, sing the songs of our country and church, and enjoy each other in musical activity while strengthening their faith in the process.
From Kindergarten into the sixth grade, our students enjoy learning and performing as a choir. They perform at school functions, in chapel, and occasionally take part in the worship services of Messiah Lutheran Church.
Group piano instruction begins in first grade and continues through 5th grade. Students first learn music theory and then progress by learning to play songs that are appropriate for their level of ability. The small groups meet once a week with our instructor from Da Capo Music, and are expected to practice what they have learned at home.
Students will showcase what they have learned in a Piano Recital in the spring.
Group strings instruction begins in 6th grade. Students further their study of music theory and then progress by learning to play pieces that are ppropriate for their level of ability. The small groups meet once a week with our instructor from Da Capo Music, and are expected to practice what they have learned at home.