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 Curriculum: Beginning in Kindergarten, children learn to listen to music, sing songs, participate in rhythmic activities, read music, and play instruments. Students participate in school musicals and often in grade level productions. Students build on skills each year from reading and notating music to applying vocal and instrumental skills in performing. Our music curriculum is well-rounded and seeks to give each child a knowledge of theory and concepts of music through games and creative hands-on activities. Our hope is that they try as many instruments as possible and push themselves out of their comfort zones to try solo signing in class. Keyboard exposure and learning is an essential building block to a full music education and all of our students will gain knowledge and exposure to keyboarding through our music curriculum. All students participate in two musical productions per year, including our Christmas program and spring musical. Students also have opportunities to show off their unique talents during our annual talent show.
Worship Arts: Worship Arts is incorporated into Grade Level Music Class for 5th-8th graders. It is instructed by Ms. Milligan 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, creating visuals 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.