RCLS’s music program has a strong tradition of excellence. We consider music to be a gift of God, and we delight in praising God through this gift. In our mission to educate the whole child, we seek to develop musical literacy and appreciation at all levels of learning.
General music instruction is taught to students in Preschool through Grade 5 once per week. The students are taught using the Orff-Schulwerk approach to learning. Students will increase their musical knowledge through speaking, singing, moving and play instruments. We focus on:
Beginning in grade 6, students may fulfill the music requirement by electing one or more of the following music options:
Our music requirement in Grades 6-8 is fulfilled through participation in 1 of 3 performance based groups. Handbells meets twice/week.
Beginning handbells is usually comprised of 6th Grade students and Advanced handbells is comprised of 7th and 8th Grade students. No prior music instrument study is required to participate in these groups. Students will learn note reading skills, rhythm skills, and the technique needed to play handbells. These groups perform in December and May as well as on 1 or 2 Sundays at our supporting churches. We do expect all the members of our handbell choir to attend all performances.
Concert choir meets 5 times in a 2-week period. We review basic music notation and terms. We use this skill base to build sight reading skills. Students will be asked to sing an 8-measure music example on the solfege syllables using correct rhythm, pitch, and hand signs to assess their progress. Concert choir will perform 2- and 3-part music. This group performs 2 concerts at the school: 1 in early December and 1 in May. We also sing at 1 or 2 of our supporting churches during Sunday-morning worship services.
Band is an optional activity which is encouraged beginning at grade 4. The majority of students start in 4th grade, while some wait until 5th or even later to begin lessons on an instrument. No prior music instrument study is needed to learn how to play an instrument. A band fee is billed to each participant yearly.
1. Beginning Band (4th grade)
2. Varsity Band (5th-6th grade)
3. Concert Band (7th & 8th grade)
Both the Beginning Band and the Varsity Band have rehearsals twice/week during the school day. Students who participate in Concert Band have rehearsal 5 times every two weeks. Students are expected to bring their instrument, music and pencil on band/lesson days. Band is an activity where most of the responsibility lies on the musician. This is a skill that we practice daily. Band members are expected to practice outside of school a certain number of minutes/week in order to maintain and grow on their instrument.
Lessons are taught in small groups (5 is considered the maximum) for 20 minutes once per week during the school day. The teacher lets the family know what book (s) to buy for use in the lessons.
Attendances at all performances are required and a schedule is distributed at the first rehearsal of the school year. In addition to performances described above, Varsity and Concert Band members will also play for the 8th grade graduation ceremony, and Pep Band will play during RCLS basketball invitational tournament and various community events. The Concert Band (7th -8th grade) has its own Solo and Ensemble Festival where every band member chooses to perform a solo or a small ensemble for a judge usually held in the spring.