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M U S I C   D E P A R T M E N T

The mission of the FCA Music program is to glorify God through excellence in musicianship, worship, and ministry. We praise Him for this opportunity to nurture mind and heart through the gift of music.

Our students participate in comprehensive hands on music learning from pre K thru high school.  Grades 1 - 6 learn the basics of singing techniques, rhythm, notes, solfege sight reading, and writing using a recorder, and other instruments such as glockenspiel, drum, and or guitar.  Students are able to excel at recorder and earn belts to represent the completion of each level per assigned ruberics.  Through music, students develop neural networks that improve their IQ and abilities, as well as perseverance, and fortitude and grace.  Music learning is known to boost the IQ by building neural net connections between right and left sides of the brain.  These bridges continue to be used in areas broader than music throughout one's life time.

We have several choruses: Pre K and K, Grades 1 - 4, Grades 5 - 6, Grade 7-8, and High School Chorus.  Students develop their understanding of harmony, and transposing, and are able to represent the Word of the Lord in many ways through their singing and concerts.

Instrumental and vocal lessons are available to supplement the regular music program. Trained students can participate in ensembles which perform in various events throughout the year.   We offer music lessons in: voice, woodwinds and brass, keyboard, strings, and percussion.

We encourage our students to be  part of ensembles in the school community, and in the local community.   Students regularly achieve outstanding and Excellent scores in NYSSMA and each year students are selected to be part of the local All County and All State festivals for their achievements.

Our band recently performed Watermusic by Handel, and several marches by Sousa.  We are working on show tunes by John Williams.   Our high school percussionists perform various styles of percussion ensemble music and also student-composed and arranged music.  Students learn cooperation, teamwork, and ensemble skills they will continue to use for their lifetimes.  

Students in choruses and bands perform throughout the year for special occasions including Christmas and Graduations.

Another vehicle for music talents is our HS Worship team, which includes many of the students who want to lead worship with their gifts.  Students learn to work together to praise God through media, instruments and vocal expression to enhance the worship experience, drawing the body of Christ to His Throne.