Choral & Instrumental Music
At Grace Brethren, we believe that music is an indispensable part of a well-rounded education. With that in mind, we offer students the opportunity to study vocal and instrumental music addressing the needs of both experienced and experimental musicians through individualized and group instruction.
Our performance courses expose students to a wide range of musical styles and genres which allows students to experience musical performance with greater understanding, but also encourages them to explore other musical styles and textures.
Vocal music at Grace Brethren embraces the idea that every student has a unique voice. In our choirs, we teach strong technique which is the foundation for exploration of many different styles of vocal music. Grace Brethren regularly represents our community sharing music in many different settings. Our passion for singing is unmistakable in the faces of our students as they learn the art of singing and performance. Courses offered: Junior High Choir, Senior High Choir
The instrumental program at Grace Brethren offers something for everyone. Students learn the skills needed to play a wide variety of music at every level of the program. Our Middle School Beginning Band, Advanced Band and Jazz Band groups also concertize and attend festivals as well as perform throughout the area. While all band students are encouraged to participate in ensembles, they are also challenged to develop their individual skills at a very high level by playing in small groups. Jazz Ensemble is a high school elective. All groups hold performances throughout the year and also perform at separate instrumental concerts in the community. You are guaranteed to catch the rhythm in this program. Courses Offered: Junior High Beginning Instruments, Junior High Band, Jazz Band, HS Jazz Ensemble
Grace Brethren believes that worship is one of the most important parts of music in our student body. From pre-school through high school we believe that the Focus is first on Christ. We teach our students to build one another up and to put the spotlight on Jesus. We have chapel bands from elementary school through high school who are active in leading worship for our Grace Brethren student body.
"Everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen." - 1 Pet 4:11
At Grace Brethren Elementary, we feel that it is very important to expose and teach our students about music and art starting at a young age. Not only is it a part of our co-curricular schedule but we also offer various extra opportunities for students to engage in the arts. Whether it be through our worship band, choir, or band they are able to learn, grow and practically use their gifts, talents and abilities. We welcome students who have already practiced their abilities as well as students who are just wanting to learn and explore for the first time.
Every student has a weekly music pull out class. During this class students from the Kindergarten level are taught music theory, the use of rhythmic instruments and choreography as a part of the music curriculum. The culmination of the music curriculum is a special Christmas concert in December and our "Evening on the Green" concert in the spring.
A beginning instrument class is offered as a pull-out class for any 6th grade student interested in learning how to play a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument for the first time. The most common wind instruments are flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, and trombone. In this class, students will be taught the technique of playing their chosen instrument, reading music, music history, music appreciation, and how their instrument is used in larger ensembles like marching bands, concert bands, jazz bands, and symphonic orchestras. No prior music experience is required for this class.
Elementary Choir is a group of third through sixth grade students who learn to sing in a choral setting and perform. It is offered once a week before school. Once a year they participate in the ACSI Choral Festival where they are evaluated by a guest conductor and perform with other Southern California school choirs. They also perform at several assemblies through-out the year, Open House and Grandparent's Day.
Worship Band is an extracurricular program offered 2-3 times a month after school. It is a rock band format with a worship twist. Students who play guitar, bass, drums or sing can try out to be on this worship band each year. It is a small group specifically selected from all those that audition. Instrumentalists must be able to read chord charts and singers must be able to harmonize. This group leads worship in chapel once a month and will also play any other requested venues.
Being able to lead students as they see their God given potential grow within them gives me the greatest joy and has motivated me each of my 24 years of teaching. Lisa Smith, Art & Music Educator