Music stimulates the creative mind and unleashes multidimensional thinking that reinforces the highest level of intellect, memory and sensory awareness. Studies and statistics highlight a dramatic variance that cannot be ignored from SAT test scores of students involved in music classes compared to those who not involved. Being involved in music teaches life skills that are beyond the rehearsal hall and the concert stage. These skills include but are not limited to: commitment, time management, attention to detail, memorization, focus, teamwork and discipline. Learning music also builds self-esteem, improves academic performance, and provides spiritual growth.
High School Band
High School Band is an opportunity to further advance technical facility, tone, intonation, phrasing, and general musicianship through the exploration and performance of a wide variety of styles of music. Skills will be increased through sectionals. The teamwork of working towards a common goal in preparation for concerts and music events fosters self-discipline and a challenge for the pursuit of excellence.
The band serves a two-fold purpose. From a performance aspect, our music is a ministry to our audience...a ministry of glorifying the Lord through our music. The band is also a ministry to the students involved. It is an outlet for fellowship as they learn to work in harmony. Band performances include the Veteran’s Day, Christmas and Spring concerts, field trips, the ACSI Music Festival, Coffee House Live and pep band. Additional performances may be added during the school day. All concerts are mandatory and a major portion of the student’s grade. Instruments must be provided by the student except when school instruments are rented. Reeds, valve oil, slide oil, cork grease, drum sticks, mutes, etc. must be purchased by the student. Open to grades 9, 10, 11, 12. Must have at least 2 years experience in a junior high band, or teacher permission.
High School Choir
Choir is designed to teach basic music skills, including note reading, sight singing, and ear training. It will familiarize the student with a variety of musical styles and literature. Choir will provide many opportunities which the student may draw from as he/she continues to enjoy music throughout life. It is the goal of the choir experience to enable each student to participate in ensemble singing with excellence and to encourage a feeling of self-worth in the student. Choir performances include the Christmas and Spring concerts, field trips, the ACSI Music Festival, and Coffee House Live. Other in-school performances may include chapel and other assemblies. All concerts are mandatory and a major portion of the student’s grade. Open to grades 9, 10, 11, 12.
An ideal course for any student grades 9-12 who want to learn to play the guitar. Basic techniques and fundamentals of the instrument will be addressed. At the conclusion of the course, the students will be able to perform simple songs, accompany singers and teach beginning guitar to anyone. Prerequisite: Must have no guitar experience.
An ideal course for any student grades 9-12 who want to learn to play the piano. Basic techniques and fundamentals of the instrument will be addressed. Students will learn to read music, play chords, and basic music theory. At the conclusion of the course, the students will be able to perform simple songs, accompany singers and teach beginning piano to anyone. Prerequisite: Must have no piano experience.
Music Theory and Composition
Music Theory is a semester long class that examines the various parts, or elements, of music - melody, harmony, rhythm and timbre, texture, form, and the ways in which these individual elements combine and interact to create a piece of music. This course covers the fundamentals of music which involves learning major and minor scales, key signatures, intervals, and triads. It also includes the study of time signatures, various rhythms, and note values through rhythmic and melodic dictation. Open to grades 9, 10, 11, 12. Prerequisite is the ability to read music. Cost: $30.00
Aurora Christian School Music Department Mission:
The purpose of the music program at ACS is to educate, challenge, and inspire students to create and perform through music as an act of worship. The music program is also designed to provide students the opportunity to undergo life-altering experiences.
The students will use the skills learned in the music classroom, to benefit their daily lives in the way of achievement, leadership, character and self-discipline. These basic life skills, along with the intrinsic motivation learned in the music classroom, will assist them with life way beyond high school.