CLS students are given the opportunity to explore and express their creativity through music, art and drama. Experiences are offered beginning in preschool and their skills are developed and built on year after year.
Music theory is part of the weekly classroom schedule in grades K-4, which includes basics of reading music, history, composers, ear training, and instrument families. The five-year curriculum prepares students to sing well, teaches them hands-on basics of several instruments, and is tons of fun! Music education is provided during the school day. Numerous studies have shown the positive effects of music on the brain, and this program is one of the many reasons CLS students are so well-rounded.
CLS has a kid's choir for grades 2-6. The choir practices each week on Wednesdays after school for a half hour. Students will have the opportunity to perform during school chapels and church services several times per year. Our choral director, Mrs. Barkett, inspires our students to sing to the glory of God for all to hear! Middle school students may also enter into Christ Lutheran Church’s adult choir, which is open to 7th grade and up. The choir practices each week on Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. They perform about once a month.
Students have multiple hands-on experience with instruments. In-class opportunities include Orff xylophones, rhythm instruments, ukuleles, and handbells. We also have several groups, including praise bands, who have the opportunity to perform during school chapels and church services several times per year.
Our music teacher, Mrs. Barkett, and her assistant, Miss Sarah, have a passion for working with beginning instrumental music students. They love assisting their growth in skill and teaching them how to serve and honor God with their musical gifts, hoping to instill a lifelong love of music!
Art Education strengthens problem-solving and critical-thinking skills through encouraging students to use descriptive words when discussing their own creations or to talk about what feelings are elicited when they see different styles of artwork. The process of mixing mediums, building creative projects, and discussing art and creativity reinforces the lessons our students are learning in Science, Math, English, Technology, Social Science and so much more!
SOAR! is a theatre arts class for grades 3rd-8th that is designed to grow and practice public speaking, reading and performing skills. There are four sessions throughout the school year (Intro to Theatre Arts, Advent Program, Spring Musical, and Public Speaking) that take place on Fridays from 3:00 - 4:30 pm with Ms. Micah Burog. SOAR! dives into different elements of drama and theatre arts through games and activities designed to improve personal and on-stage characters, while also rehearsing for chapel performances, the Advent Program, and school musicals.