At Ascension Lutheran School we believe that there is creative potential within every child that should be embraced and nurtured. When asked to think outside the box, our response is, “What box?” Our teachers are open to creative ways to engage children whether they are interested music, acting, instruments, sound, or set design. Students often find cross-curricular application for what they are learning in music and performing arts classes with their other classes. As an example we see children dressing up for history class as a character, and it’s believable because of their experience in performing arts. Our children know how to do the critical thinking but can also creatively solve problems, perform and express who they are as individuals.
Students at all grade levels have music class two times per week. Our students emerge as confident performers as they participate in school musicals, variety shows, grade level productions, and lead worship songs in chapel.
Music Class Grades K-4: Beginning in Kindergarten, children learn to listen to music, sing songs, participate in rhythmic activities, read music, and play instruments. Students have the opportunity to begin playing instruments and learning notes through the use of color-coded rhythm sticks and bells which advances to the keyboard, electric guitars, and drums. Students participate in school musicals and often in grade level productions.
Music Class Grades 5-8: Students build on skills each year from reading and notating music to applying vocal and instrumental skills in performing. Our higher grade classes prepare students to sight-read accurately and to apply vocal and instrumental skills to a repertoire of music literature representing various genres, styles, and expression.
Worship Arts: Worship Arts is incorporated into Grade Level Music Class for 5th-8th graders. It is instructed by Mrs. Leslie and Rev. Delkeskamp, along with special guest teachers such as the church pastors and other trained worship leaders. Worship Arts explores the heart of worship and what it means to be a leader and/or creator in the area of worship. Students participate in a variety of activities that include, but are not limited to, song leading, cantoring, leading the liturgy, acolyting, ushering, being a part of the sanctuary “decorating committee” that includes the school and church, creating iMovies for worship, liturgical dance, instrumental performance, performing short dramas and tech crew.
Crusader Choir Opportunities: Students grades K-5 are invited to participate in after school choirs as part of our extra-curricular program. There is a choir for grades K-2 instructed by 1st-Grade Teacher, Leslie Schneider. We also offer a choir for grades 3-5.
Music Academy: Daily afterschool enrichment opportunities are available to students who wish to enhance their music skills even further. These classes are offered by our music instructor, Denise Leslie, and her family. Offerings include piano lessons, guitar class, drum class, voice class, rock band, and musical theater.
This year we are pleased to offer the following Performing Arts electives to our middle school students in grades 5-8.
Harmony Squad, September-December: If you love singing and have a desire to perform, then this half-year elective course is for you! Admittance to this class is based on audition. Students will practice songs to be performed in chapel and will be featured singers in the annual school Christmas show.
Spring Sing Actors, January-May: Students may opt to audition for this elective that will grow their acting skills as they prepare for their role in the Spring Sing event!