EQUIPPING CHILDREN WITH MEANS TO WORSHIP GOD THROUGH THE ARTS
Children in Prekindergarten and Kindergarten have weekly classes in music. Students in Classes One-Four enjoy classes in music two times a week. God’s grace equips all of us with means to worship Him through music, and Providence’s music program purposes to develop our students’ musical skills. This process begins with teaching students to listen and hear discriminately in order to understand musical ideas, to sing correctly and accurately, and to have a working understanding of music notation. Students also become familiar with the traditional and classical music of our culture. This includes folk songs of Western culture, classical music composed in the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries, and the historical hymnody of our Christian heritage. Ultimately, Providence’s music curriculum challenges students to appreciate excellence in music—which often means to reject the prevalent music of contemporary culture. An understanding and love for the classic, traditional values of music teaches Providence students to know and discern what is good, true, and beautiful. Students perform music learned in music classes twice a year in school-wide programs.
Children in Prekindergarten through Class Four attend art class weekly. As a classical and Christian school, we explore great works of art by past masters filtered through a Christian perspective. Such exploration enables students to experience the intellectual and emotional power of artistic genius while cultivating their own creative potential and aesthetic discernment. Students additionally study artistic methods in various media to learn how to create artistic works of their own. Each school year concludes with a Fine Arts Day display of each student’s best work during the year.