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. Students in grades 7 and 8 are given additional ownership over their music education as they select composers to present on, prepare a flash mob for lower grades, and develop skits or musical presentations to perform in chapel.
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: Students grades K-2 are invited to participate in an after school choir as part of our extracurricular program. Crusader Choir is instructed by 1st-Grade Teacher, Leslie Schneider.
Melody Makers: Students grades 5-8 have the opportunity to participate in Melody Makers. They meet Monday morning at 9:00 AM in the Music Room to practice and they lead songs in chapel on Wednesday mornings. It’s a great opportunity to enrich your singing skills while serving the school in a leadership capacity.
Music Lessons with Mrs. Leslie: Daily after school 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.
PERFORMING ARTS: 5th – 8th Grade
Ascension’s Performing Arts Class is designed to inspire the student who wishes to develop a love and appreciation of the theatre. Classes are structured to provide the student a basis in theatre skills, to offer a creative outlet, and to produce well-rounded performers. The goal will be to create and perform in a culminating performance for the Christmas Program. Students will demonstrate what they have learned and experience the exhilaration of the interaction between actors and audience.
Students will also learn pantomime and improvisational skills and believability by calling upon their own life experiences. These experiences encompassed in the performing arts class will enhance other subject areas as well. Students not only stretch their imaginations; they also gain confidence by freely participating in group discussions and public speaking. As students learn more about performing skills, they will also benefit in other academic areas
SET & PROP DESIGN: 5th – 8th Grade
Students will make signs, backdrops, and props as well as organize, repair and design simple costumes for the Christmas program. Patterns will be transferred to fabric sheets which can be painted and prepared for performances. All design signs and props will be made during this class for this year’s Christmas program entitled “All About the Baby”