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In the Bible, the psalmist declares “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!” (Psalm 150:6) In keeping with this verse, the goal of the music program at WCS is to develop students’ God-given musical talents so that they can use those gifts to worship Him.
Elementary music students participate in our "Cognitive Enhancing Music Education" program which provides each student with basic keyboard and note reading skills. Research proves that piano instruction increases other cognitive functions. Students are also do a lot of singing and movement, learn about composers, and study the instruments of the orchestra.
In middle school, students have the opportunity to participate in instrumental music (band) or vocal music (choir). Students may also elect to participate in both ensembles. While the classes are performance based, emphasis is placed in both band and choir on learning the fundamentals of music. While rehearsing and performing a variety of musical styles, we seek to bring glory to God in all that we do.
A number of additional opportunities for musical expression are available. The chapel band meets regularly after school and is set up like a contemporary worship band. This group then helps lead students in musical worship at selected chapel services throughout the year. Students also have the option of entering solos and ensembles into the local festival each spring.
Throughout the year, students have a chance to perform for events such as school concerts, Grandparents' Day, Fine Arts Night, and the music festival. Each year, we also make it a goal to expose students to musical performance. In the past, students have gone to a college campus and spent the day with the university marching band. We also have hosted a variety of musical performances at the school.
At WCS, we believe that music is an integral part of every person’s life and we have chosen to make it an emphasis in each child’s education. Just as the Psalmist believed that every living thing could worship their creator, we, too, believe that each child can learn to make and enjoy music to the glory of God.