Music is an essential component of a child’s education. Students focus on singing, playing instruments, improvising, composing, reading and notating music, as well as analyzing, evaluating and integrating music with other academic disciplines. This skill-based approach spirals learning through each grade level and continues through more advanced musical studies. Music is key to the acquisition of language and the refinement of gross and fine motor skills at the elementary level and beyond. Learning about and participating in music teaches critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, discipline, creativity and self-esteem – skills that transfer to all academics and other aspects of daily life through adulthood. Music is integral to every human culture and opens doors to understanding others through a universal language. In addition to Music Appreciation taught in every classroom by our music teacher, St. Peter’s also offers a complete course of musical study. Music can be a creative energy in the lives of children, helping to develop coordination, concentration and discipline. Whether vocal or instrumental, music helps bring the Message as it ministers to both the hearers and the musicians. Our music making outside of worship will likewise reflect our faith and love in Him.
JUNIOR CHOIR is a group of approximately 40 boys and girls from grades 5-8. This choir rehearses during the school day on Wednesdays and Fridays from 2:40-3:10 pm. They sing about once per month at worship services. This choir is an optional extracurricular activity and does not require an audition.
CELEBRATION RINGERS is a select group of eleven 5th-8th grade students who ring a 4-octave set of Malmark English handbells. Rehearsals are before school on Wednesdays from 7:15 to 8:00 am. This choir requires a try-out.
STRINGS & BAND
Lessons in violin, viola, cello and bass violin are offered beginning in 2nd grade. Lessons in flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, cornet, trumpet, trombone, French horn, baritone, sousaphone and percussion are offered beginning in 4th grade. Students participate in winter and spring concerts with various rehearsals at Concordia Lutheran High School. There is a registration fee of $40.00. The monthly instruction fee for two lessons per week is $30.00 per month. Instruments are supplied by the parent.