Music and art are two tangible ways that we can experience God here on earth.
Additionally, both can be a beautiful form of worship of God, the Ultimate Artist. Whether the artist or the viewer, the performer or the listener, we foster a love and appreciation of classical art and music. All Prekindergarten through Class Eight students weekly attend art and music classes.
Art encompasses both aesthetic appreciation and creative expression. Created in God’s image, we believe all people possess an innate creative capacity. Such creativity witnesses to the impress of deity upon our souls, mirroring His image in us and radiating His mind through us as we create. 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 Fine Arts Day, where we display each student’s best work during the year.
God’s word exhorts us to celebratory praise, reverential worship, and skillful expression of our faith through singing and playing instruments. God’s grace equips all of us with the means to worship Him through music. Our music program purposes to develop our students’ musical skills. This process begins by 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. Our curriculum also familiarizes students with the traditional and classical music of our heritage. 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.
Why We Sing at Providence
Providence offers several opportunities for those theatrically-gifted students to discover and develop their gifts and talents. We see the stage as an opportunity to teach our children that their talents, skills, and gifts are from God, and that they must steward them carefully and use them to bring Him glory. There is much to be taught on the stage—how to work with others, how to think on their feet, how to problem solve, how to be confident, and how to appreciate the theater.
Students in Classes Three through Four have the opportunity to participate in a smaller play or musical in the fall, while Classes Six through Eight have the opportunity to participate in a larger musical in the spring.
MUSIC AND ART
Our Fine Arts teachers are masters of their subjects. They aim to use their classes as ways to teach students about the beauty, wonder, and majesty of our God. We desire to cultivate within our students a love of their Creator and guide them to worship Him through art and song.