Our sincerest thanks to the Play 4 Me Foundation!
On Tuesday, March 19, the Play 4 Me Foundation and its president, Grammy-nominated songwriter Joe Jackson, presented TKCS with a collection of new musical instruments, including two flutes, a clarinet, two saxophones, a trumpet, and a trombone. We praise God for this unexpected and generous gift to advance our music program.
Join with us in thanking Play 4 Me for its generosity!
Visual art at The King's Christian School is an all encompassing, pre-K through 12th grade program. In the pre-school, teaching basic skills of line, shape, color and technique are stressed in weekly lessons, keeping in mind that every child's art is their own visual expression.
The skills of drawing, painting and mixed media are taught through drawing with crayons, cray-pas, soft pastels, colored pencil, watercolor and tempera. Skill building is emphasized in an atmosphere which emphasizes a Biblical worldview through which God and His creation are glorified.
In upper elementary school, through weekly classes, the skills of drawing painting and mixed media are extended to include mural arts, mask making, and collage. As students work together in their classes, God's creation of man is emphasized as students use their artistic abilities, given only to man in God's creation.
In middle school, skill building in basic art concepts are reviewed and extended as students develop into adolescence. Their projects are adjusted to include decoration and higher level processing, art is important as another gift to be included within the student's portfolio of accomplishments as well as stress relief and self-expression in their own truly unique style.
In high school, art is an elective, and classes meet twice weekly. Students in high school art are required to keep a sketchbook with assignments contained therein, as well as projects, banner making, scripture for encouragement of the body of believers, and culminating in an art show in the spring. We conduct the art show as a gallery opening. Students design their own panels, and learn to matte and display their artwork, write their philosophy of what art means to them, then show their art as in a gallery opening.
High school students also have the opportunity to enter art competitions, through which they can showcase their talents, as well as view artwork by peers.
Fine Arts is an interdisciplinary course taught at the high school level by the music and art teachers. Students meet bi-weekly to explore the development of art and music through the ages, and come to understand how art reflects the values of each societal era up to and including our current culture. As in all classes taught at The King's Christian School, the Christian world view is emphasized throughout the eras we explore.
The King's Christian School's music program trains students in creating music for the glory of God. In the Bible, God commands us to "make music skillfully to the Lord", which means that everyone has the God-given ability to participate in music for His Glory. This is why all middle school students are required to participate in a performance ensemble. The music program helps students to develop their potential as a worshiper and performer for God.
The study of band instruments begins in fourth grade through group lessons that train students in a specific band instrument. In third grade, all students are taught recorder as a pre-band instrument that prepares them for the following year. In fourth grade, students are encouraged to choose a band instrument, take group lessons during the school day, and participate in the elementary band. The elementary band performs during the Christmas Concert and the Spring Concert.
In the Middle School and High School, students are able to participate in the concert band and jazz band. In the spring, we also take spring trips to competitions that help students receive feedback on their preparation over the course of the year and celebrate their achievements.
Choir & Handbells
The King's Christian School offers concert choir, select choir and handbells for middle school and high school students. These ensembles not only prepare music for a Christmas and spring concert, but they also have the opportunity to perform in other venues such as the local mall and retirement homes. In the spring, the choral groups travel with the band and jazz band for competitions or festivals. Adjudication at these events allows for other music professionals to encourage and offer constructive criticism for our ensembles.
Updated: December 9, 2013