About Our Music Program
“Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous: it is fitting for the upright to praise Him. Praise the Lord with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.” Psalm 33:1-3
“From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise.” Psalm 8:2
Music classes in the Grammar School are a mix of several elements, all centered around praising the Lord with joy and skill.
Singing - All students EII-Class 6 learn at least one hymn per month along with American folksongs appropriate to their classroom history study. The younger students learn many nursery songs that are also games. Classes 4-6 sing in rounds and in parts. Good vocal technique is stressed in each level.
Theory - Regent music is based on a Kodaly curriculum. This method begins with simple rhythmic echoes and then writing those rhythms in Enrichment. Class One begins using solfege syllables (Do-Mi-Sol) on the five line staff and reading and writing those notes. By Class Three the students are using traditional rhythmic names and the letter names on the staff.
Listening and Music History - All classes listen to “Classical” composers. The studies often include teacher-guided movement, an age-appropriate story, and conducting.
Enrichment Two studies Tchaikovsky-all three ballets and the concertos. Enrichment Three reviews the Nutcracker and the 1812 Overture and then listens to Strauss Waltzes. Class One studies Handel and Vivaldi while Class Two studies Bach and Haydn. Class Three spends the entire year listening to Mozart and Class Four studies Beethoven, including all of the symphonies. Class Five studies music of the Bible, Egypt and Greece as well as an overview of opera. Class Six overviews the important composers and compositions of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic and Modern eras.
Instrument Playing - All students play our classroom percussion instruments in the style of Orff ensembles. Even the youngest students play the drums, mallet instruments, triangles, etc.. as they experience the steady beat with our listening examples, hymns or folksongs. Class Three students begin playing soprano recorder. Class 6 students have the option of playing in Praise Band.
Movement - Regent students enjoy playing folk games and learning to dance according to the historical period that they are studying. Enrichment students play singing games such as “Bluebird” and “Lucy Locket”. Enrichment Three include learning to waltz as they listen to the great songs of Strauss. Class One learns the fine art of Colonial 2-line dancing. Circle dancing is in the Pioneer curriculum for Class Two and square dancing is done by Class 3. By then the Class Four students are skilled enough for the Virginia Reel. Class Five learns some basic Greek dances for Greek Day and Class Six learns folk games from several different countries. The folk games are often accompanied by the students playing mallet instruments and singing.
Performances - All students sing hymns in our annual Grandparents’ Day celebration. Classes Four through Six sing in the Christmas Chapel. All students in Classes One through Six have the opportunity to share their individual talents in the music classroom once a month during Performance Day. Class One prepares songs, games and dances for Colonial day. Class Two prepares songs, games, and dances for Pioneer Day and Class Three prepares songs, games, and dances for Oklahoma Day. Class Four prepares several songs, including those with harmony, for Civil War Day. Class Five prepares a dance for Greek Day and Class Six sing for their Recognition Day in May.
Circle the State with Song Ensemble - This is an auditioned group of Class 4-8 students who prepare choral music for the local Circle the State Choral Festival. Up to twelve students are chosen for this after-school ensemble.
Class Six Praise Band - This auditioned group is made up of vocalists and instrumentalists who want to learn how to use their God-given talents to lead in worship. They learn to read from a chord chart and to play with other students.
School of Rhetoric Music
High School Praise Band is an auditioned group of highly skilled students that lead worship in several chapels throughout the year. This band gives many leadership opportunities for students both musically and spiritually.