SUPPORTING THE ARTS
The world God created is full of inspiring sights, sounds, and wonders. As a response to the beauty He has created, we sing, play instruments, act, paint, draw, illustrate, and sculpt to communicate how we feel about the world and our Creator. At DMCS, we feel the arts are important subjects necessary to cultivate young minds. The arts help us expand our perspective and can be a healthy way to express our emotions. We strive to allow students to develop their gifts in the arts through the following subjects:
God has given us the gift of instruments that help us create harmony and beauty through music. We share this gift with each other and teach our children to joyfully participate in music that glorifies God. Beginning in 5th grade, students at DMCS have the opportunity to participate in beginning band and can advance in band through the 12th grade. Band students may also choose to compete in ISSMA, if they desire.
Creating music as a group teaches our students that working together can enable us to achieve unity that results in something beautiful. Students learn that each instrument plays a role in a band, just as each member of the body of Christ has a purpose and role in His kingdom. Periodic performances help students learn to play in front of an audience and to recognize the importance of sharing our God-given gifts with others.
God’s people have raised their voices in songs of praise for generations. Beginning in 6th grade and on through 12th grade, our goal is equip students with the ability to praise God with the talents He has given them. Our students do accomplish this by learning the difference between melody and harmony lines of music and and by considering the lyrical content of songs to determine the composer’s message. During the course of the year, different music styles are incorporated into the song selection to give students a well-rounded music experience.
Performances at school programs and ISSMA competitions give students opportunities to share the techniques and musical knowledge they have learned with family, friends. and their community. Our prayer is that our students glorify God with their voices and bless others in worship.
We often learn about others and the world through stories. Stories have the power to transport us, help us see the world from a different perspective, and teach us life lessons. Theater is a powerful medium for storytelling. Our students have the opportunity to learn the basics of theater in junior high and advance to more complex theatrical productions in 9th through 12th grades.
Theater performances help students learn to work together and give them the opportunity to share their gifts with the community. Our CCHS students can participate in a play in the fall and a musical in the spring. Our theater arts teachers select scripts based on our students’ gifts and the lessons learned through the stories they tell.
Beginning in preschool and continuing through 12th grade, our students learn that art is a powerful medium to convey the awe, beauty, and complexity of God’s creation. God is the Master Artist, and we respond to His gift of art by glorifying Him through what we create. We pray that what we create conveys God’s truth to the world.
Our goals in teaching art include: learning the techniques that help create truth-telling art, fostering an appreciation of art history, enabling students to develop their gifts, and encouraging respect for the art created by others.