Elementary Fine Arts

Recognizing that all good gifts come from our Heavenly Father and that each student is created in God’s image – a creative image, Trinity’s Fine Arts Department seeks to develop our students’ God-given talents through a variety of experiences.  These range from individual art projects and small group ensembles to large company productions.  Each experience seeks to develop the individual student as he/she participates in a project bigger than himself.  Participating in the fine arts is not about chasing accolades, creating a stellar work or art, or even a perfect performance, but rather it is about bringing students together to complete a puzzle – a puzzle where each piece is vital and intended to reflect the Lord’s creativity and generosity.

 

Early Education: (Little Lions-PreK)

ARTS AND CRAFTS – Students meet weekly to explore and create in an environment designed specifically for their age.  Artwork is displayed in various ways such as hallways or the Heritage banquet.

 

MUSIC – Students meet weekly to explore basic music concepts in a hands on and age appropriate way.  Moving to music, using puppets, playing with musical manipulatives, and playing singing games are just a few of the exciting ways students explore music.

 

PERFORMANCES:

  • Grandparent’s Day
  • Christmas Concert
  • Spring Concert

Elementary Education:

VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM – Students in Trinity Christian Academy's Little Lions - Fifth Grade receive a discipline-based art curriculum that provides age appropriate art experiences. The visual arts are taught from a Biblical perspective. Students work with a variety of media. Basic concepts include art vocabulary, lives of artists, elements of art, color wheel principles, and imitating master works.

 

MUSIC – Music plays a very important role in the life of students at Trinity Christian Academy. Our goal is to glorify God by engendering in our students a love of music, an appreciation for beauty as expressed through music, and by developing the God-given talents of each student. The Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten years are exploration years in music. Students learn to sing simple songs and play small instruments such as rhythm sticks. Concepts taught include echoing melodies, keeping a steady beat, recognizing simple rhythms and moving with the music. During the 1st – 3rd grade years, students are developing their singing voices. They also learn how to read music. Concepts include the staff and key signatures. Students also learn the instruments of the orchestra. Hymn histories are included in the curriculum as well as stories of well-known composers. At the 4th and 5th grade level students use their knowledge of the staff and time signatures to play music on recorders. The curriculum is called Recorder Karate. With each new skill they learn, they play off songs in order to earn belts. Students continue to learn hymn histories and stories of famous composers.  Recently, the elementary fine arts program has grown to include a 5th grade band.

 

5TH GRADE BAND – Understanding that musical development helps students in all other academic areas, all 5th grade students will participate in a year of beginning band.  The band will meet twice weekly during the school day, allowing students to explore an instrument, increase his/her music reading skills, and participate in a large group band.

 

LION PRIDE CHOIR – grades 3 - 5, meets twice weekly after school

 

MUSIC PERFORMANCES:

  • Heritage Banquet (selected grade)
  • Grandparent’s Day – each grade performs and song and recites a class verse
  • Veteran’s Day (3rd - 5th)
  • Christmas Concert
  • Spring Concert

 

MUSICAL THEATRE:

  • Fall Musical, 3rd – 5th Grade. (This musical involves a “Kick-Off” Camp the few days before school begins.)
  • Spring Musical, K – 2nd Grade
  • Both of these offerings occur after school and are optional.

2016-2017 Performing Arts Calendar

         
August   1-2,4,8   Elementary 3 - 5 Fall Musical Camp
    3 - 5   Band Camp
September   24   Elementary Fall Musical Showtime:  11 & 5
    24   HS All Northwest Auditions
    26-27   MS Fall Musical Auditions
    30   Grandparent's Day
October   20   VA Nursing Home - MS/ HS Bands & Choirs
    29   MS All Northwest Auditions
November   4-5   MS Fall Musical Performances
    11   Veteran's Day Program
    14-16   HS Winter Musical Auditions
    17-18   All Northwest Choral Clinic (MS & HS)
    19   All Northwest Choral Concert (MS & HS)
December   3   All State Vocal Auditions (HS)
    4    Vocal Christmas Concert (MS & HS):  Combined area Private Schools
    5   Instrumental Christmas Concert: 5th - 12th Grades
    16   Early Ed & Elementary Christmas Concerts
January   14   All West Band Auditions (MS & HS)
    28   Vocal Octet Testing (HS)
    29   Open House - performing groups participate
    29-30   HS Band Tour
    30   Hymn Concert - Vocal & Instrumental (MS & HS)
February   9-11   All West Band Clinic (MS & HS)
    11   All West Band Concert (MS & HS)
    16   K-2 Spring Musical Begins
    22   NED Move-In for HS Musical
    23-1   NED Rehearsals
March   2 - 4   HS Winter Musical Performances
    30-31   Jackson Choral Festival (MS & HS)
April   5 - 7   All State Music Convention (HS only)
    8   K-2 Musical Performance
    13   Early Ed & Elementary Spring Concerts
May   1   Instrumental Spring Concert (5th - 12th)
    4 - 5   Awards Day performances (band & choir)
    8   Spring Choral Concert (MS & HS)
    13   Graduation (band and choir - HS)