Music at Westminster Academy

In grammar school, hymns are taught to help minister to the soul.  American folk songs are taught to help expose students to the rich musical heritage of our country.   Music theory is taught beginning with Kindergarten, to teach children to be musically literate. Beginning in fourth grade, students are introduced to the five periods of music, along with major composers from each era. The fourth grade students learn how to play the recorder, which allows them to put into practice the musical knowledge they have acquired from Kindergarten to third grade.   The choirs sing up to four concerts at school, as well as compete nationally every other year.  Music is viewed as a gift from God, one that He created for our enjoyment, as well as a means to praise and honor Him.

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Virtues Cultivated:

  •  Students will cultivate gratitude for the gift of music and the ability to use their God given voices to give praise and honor to Him. All Your works shall praise You, O Lord, and Your loving ones shall bless You! Psalm 145: 10
  • Students will cultivate attentiveness as they watch and listen to others who perform music and realize that this is a talent or skill that honors and glorifies God. Students will learn that listening can be an act of worship.   God is a Spirit and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. John 4: 24
  • Students will cultivate diligence in their practice, which allows them to offer God musical excellence in worship. I will sing a new song to You, O God; upon a harp, an instrument of ten strings, will I offer praises to You. Psalm 144: 9
  • Students will cultivate discernment in recognizing well crafted music throughout history that has, and will, survive the test of time. Students will learn that such music displays the glory and majesty of God.  Give to the Lord the glory due to His name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness or in holy array. Psalm 29: 2
  • Students will cultivate courage to step out of their comfort zones, deny themselves and realize the joy of expressing their love for God through the gift of music. Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; meditate on and talk of all His wondrous works and devoutly praise them! 1 Chronicles 16: 9
  • Students will cultivate perseverance while learning music theory, which will promote musical literacy and enable them to pass this skill down to generations who follow. Let us therefore, receiving a kingdom that is firm and stable and cannot be shaken, offer to God pleasing service and acceptable worship, with modesty and pious care and godly fear and awe. Hebrews 12: 28
  • Students will cultivate a love of God through experiencing the beauty of music, which reflects His holiness. They will learn the intricacies and order involved in making beautiful music, and this will encourage them to love, respect and fear Him more. O fear the Lord, you His saints [revere and worship Him]! For there is no want to those who truly revere and worship Him with godly fear. Psalm 34: 9