Music in the Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten is a vital part of the arts at Temple Christian School. Music classes for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten are held one day a week for 30 minutes. Students engage in a story based curriculum, leading them through age appropriate explanations of basic music theory. Traditional folk songs and songs designed to support theory concepts provide vocal experience and added movement increases rhythmic coordination. Rhythm and pitched instruments are incorporated in daily lessons to complete a well-rounded music education.
There are three choirs in the elementary: Eaglet Choir for 1st and 2nd graders, Eagle Choir for 3rd graders, and Eagle Honor Choir, an auditioned group for 4th and 5th graders. All choirs learn proper choral techniques in diction, breathing and singing on pitch. Theory lessons are included in each class as students learn to recognize the different aspects of written music, utilizing proper names of symbols and abbreviations as they appear on a score, and note names of lines and spaces on the treble staff, and rhythmic notation. With much weight given to sacred music, students learn that music is a gift from God, to be developed and offered back to Him in worship.
Students in grades 6 through 8 may choose choir as an elective class to benefit from a group choral experience. The curriculum focuses on teaching students correct vocal techniques and an elementary understanding of the body and voice as used to produce healthy sounds. Emphasis is given to choral blend as well as to the development of the individual voice. Students examine and sing a wide variety of styles of choral music. All music taught also contains opportunities for instruction in basic music theory. With much weight given to sacred music, students learn that music is a gift from God, to be developed and offered back to Him in worship. Styles of worship are discussed, with an emphasis on order, beauty, and adherence to Scripture. Junior high choir participates in the ASCI Choral Festival.
Students in grades 9 through 12 may choose choir as an elective class toward high school curriculum requirements for fine arts credit. The High School Choir is for students desiring to benefit from group choral experience. The focus of this choir is centered on correct vocal techniques, a solid understanding of the body and voice as used to produce healthy sounds, choral blend, and the development of the individual voice. The choir examines and sings a wide variety of styles of choral music. The studied music contains opportunities for instruction in basic music theory. Students learn that music is a gift from God, to be developed and offered back to Him in worship. Styles of worship are discussed, with an emphasis on order, beauty, and adherence to Scripture. High school choir participates in festivals and competitions through TAPPS, ACSI and TPSMEA.
Students in grades 9 through 12 may choose to audition for this choral ensemble and receive one fine arts credit for the entire year. The purpose of the ensemble is to take vocal talent that God has given to the next level of service. The Ensemble leads musical worship in various chapel services throughout the year. They also serve as called upon at such events as parent/teacher meetings, teacher conferences, chapel services for other schools, civic group meetings, etc. TCS Ensembles participate in several categories of competition through TAPPS, ACSI and TPSMEA. The demands on these groups require the ability to sing harmony, to learn music quickly, to have basic knowledge in music theory and, most importantly, to represent the school with a Christ-like testimony and attitude.