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MUSIC PERFORMANCE BAND

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth; burst into jubilant song with music! Psalm 98:5

Music students in all grades learn more than just musicianship; they learn to offer their gifts back to God as an expression of thanksgiving. Our mission at Gaston Christian is not only to teach music for performance but as an expression of praise to our Lord.

 

Elementary

Hand Chimes

In third grade, students are able to audition for the hand chime choir.  They practice each week and are a part of the Christmas programs as well as Grandparents Day and Awards Day in the spring.

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Ukuleles Each of the fourth graders learns how to play the ukulele in the spring. They are taught how to play specific notes and chords with the instrument in preparation for Concert Band. Students perform at Grandparents Day and Awards Day. Concert Band Fifth graders are able to take part in Concert Band, a class that expounds on the skills taught in music classes. Students learn how to play brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments in order to prepare them to take part in Concert Band at the Middle and High School levels.

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Middle School Middle School Band Middle School Band is designed to help woodwind, brass, and percussion students develop proper instrumental techniques and sight-reading skills. In addition to exposure to music theory, history, and terminology, students will further enrich their band, small ensemble, and solo learning experience through participation in the Fine Arts Evenings at Christmas and in the spring. Middle School Hand Chime Elective Middle school students participate in a variety of electives offered one day a week during an afternoon study hall period. This elective is open to students in grades 6-8 who have an interest in music and want to develop that interest through playing hand chimes. Students develop sight-reading and performance skills and participate during middle school chapel and the Fine Arts Evenings at Christmas and in the spring. Middle School Praise & Worship Elective Middle school students participate in a variety of electives offered one day a week during an afternoon study hall period. This elective is open to students in grades 6-8. Students meet to learn new praise and worship songs using a variety of media outlets. This elective often leads worship in weekly chapel services and participates in the Fine Arts Evenings at Christmas and in the spring. High School Concert Band Concert Band is designed for the student who enjoys playing and performing music. Students develop proper techniques and sight-reading skills and also learn music theory, terminology, and history as related to the literature rehearsed. Studying both classical music and jazz, the band students perform during the Fine Arts Evenings at Christmas and in the spring. Praise Band Praise Band is an extracurricular activity that encourages students to lead worship in weekly chapels. In addition to vocalists, Praise Band also provides opportunity to students who play acoustic or electric guitar, keyboard, and drums. Participants should understand the importance of displaying a heart for serving and ministering with their God-given musical abilities.
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THEATRE ARTS

“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!” Psalm 150: 6

Middle School

Middle school students participate in a variety of electives offered one day a week during an afternoon study hall period.  Drama is an introductory elective class for students in grades 6-8.  The class seeks to introduce students to key acting concepts including role play, creating and writing scripts, development of props for a classroom theater, and directing classroom theater.  Students often share original skits in chapel and participate in the Fine Arts Evenings at Christmas and in the spring.

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High School

Through the Theatre Arts program at Gaston Christian High School, the students develop a knowledge of theatre history, acting, directing, technical directing, and stage management in a hands-on learning environment that allows them to glorify God with the talents He has given them. A sampling of past shows from the High School Theatre Arts program includes Our Town, The Crucible, The Jungle Book, Arsenic and Old Lace, Romeo & Juliet and Then there were None.

Drama

The Drama class at Gaston Christian High School is concerned with developing the creative imagination within each student by providing a nurturing environment for its expression. In this introductory course, students learn the basics of drama: theatre terminology, theatre etiquette, theatre history, the production process, acting skills, technical aspects of theatre, and play analysis. They also acquire the fundamental value of mutual respect as well as greater self-confidence.

Honors Drama

The focus of this course is performance. Acting experience in Honors Drama continues and refines the exploration of the concepts of self, body and voice work, improvisation, and acting techniques. Theatre study at this level places a greater emphasis on the execution of skills, ensemble work, and collaboration with other student artists. Classroom experiences offer diverse opportunities to create, to perform, and to critique.

Technical Drama

The Technical Drama course focuses on theatrical design and production. While all drama courses include stagecraft, students in Technical Drama concentrate on mastering the skills necessary to produce high quality stage productions: scene design and construction, lighting, sound, costume, and makeup. The students also receive instruction in utilizing hand tools and power tools.

Costuming

This Fine Arts elective offers an introduction to the history, concepts, and techniques of theatrical costuming.  Students learn and practice costuming techniques (hand sewing, machine sewing, patterning, etc.) as well as examine costuming history and design.  Students collaborate with the drama department to provide support for its full season of productions.

VISUAL ARTS

Yet, O Lord, you are our Father.  We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.”  Isaiah 64:8

 The Visual Arts program at Gaston Christian School strives to provide each student with an awareness of their God-given abilities and the opportunity to express ideas visually by developing skills in drawing, painting, and sculpting.

Elementary School

Students in kindergarten through third grade participate in a weekly art class.  Students in fourth and fifth grades have art instruction for three days a week during a twelve-week rotation. 

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Elementary students are exposed to and create different art media and learn basic art history. Middle School The Visual Arts program in grades 6-8 is designed to establish aesthetic values and critical thinking, as well as originality and skill in expression, while maintaining a Christian attitude. After cumulative introduction of basic elements, concepts, and study of some well known work as examples, the middle school student is ready for a more in depth exploration of art history. Students will also achieve a working knowledge of media and techniques as well as an introduction to design principles. Middle school art students have opportunity to display their work on hallway bulletin boards and also at the Fine Arts Evenings at Christmas and in the spring. High School The high school offers a range of art classes from beginning courses that provide an introduction to the basic principles of art and emphasize skills in various techniques to studies for advanced art students that enhance individuality and creativity, allowing the students to become more self-directed. Art forms explored include watercolor and acrylic paints, ink and pencil drawings, clay sculpture, wire sculpture, mosaics, and printmaking. As the students work with these different media and techniques, they develop critical and creative thinking skills necessary for understanding and producing art. Art history and art appreciation are also integral parts of these studies.

 

CHORUS/ VOCAL ARTS

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth; burst into jubilant song with music!

Psalm 98:5

Music students in all grades learn more than just musicianship; they learn to offer their gifts back to God as an expression of thanksgiving.  Our mission at Gaston Christian is not only to teach music for performance but as an expression of praise to our Lord.

 

Elementary

Music Classes

Students in kindergarten through fifth grade attend music class each week.

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Students in kindergarten through second grade are introduced to music by learning to play rhythmic instruments, and they also learn the basics of singing with a group. Third through fifth-grade students are introduced to basic music theory and study music history, focusing on units on composers, hymn writers, and musical styles. Hand Chimes In third grade, students are able to audition for the hand chime choir. They practice each week and are a part of the Christmas programs as well as Grandparents Day and Awards Day in the spring. Ukuleles Each of the fourth graders learns how to play the ukulele in the spring. They are taught how to play specific notes and chords with the instrument in preparation for Concert Band. Students perform at Grandparents Day and Awards Day. Middle School Middle School Concert Chorus Middle School Concert Chorus is designed for the student who enjoys singing and performing choral music in a more structured environment than that offered through regularly scheduled music classes. Students are challenged to develop their vocal skills, music reading abilities, and to sing in harmony. Middle School Concert Chorus performs during the Fine Arts Evenings at Christmas and in the spring. Middle School Hand Chime Elective Middle school students participate in a variety of electives offered one day a week during an afternoon study hall period. This elective is open to students in grades 6-8 who have an interest in music and want to develop that interest through playing hand chimes. Students develop sight-reading and performance skills and participate during middle school chapel and the Fine Arts Evenings at Christmas and in the spring. Middle School Praise & Worship Elective Middle school students participate in a variety of electives offered one day a week during an afternoon study hall period. This elective is open to students in grades 6-8. Students meet to learn new praise and worship songs using a variety of media outlets. This elective often leads worship in weekly chapel services and participates in the Fine Arts Evenings at Christmas and in the spring. High School Concert Choir Concert Choir is designed for the student who enjoys singing and performing choral music. Students develop proper vocal techniques and sight-singing skills through a study of both sacred and secular choral literature; they also learn music theory, terminology, and history as related to the literature rehearsed. Students perform at the Fine Arts Evenings at Christmas and in the spring. Honors Ensemble Honors Ensemble is for the more serious-minded voice student who desires to further develop proper vocal techniques and sight-singing skills. They continue a study of music theory, terminology, and history through a study of both sacred and secular choral literature. Honors Ensemble students perform at the Fine Arts Evenings in December and May and at several music festivals and community venues throughout the year. Praise Band Praise Band is an extracurricular activity that encourages students to lead worship in weekly chapels. In addition to vocalists, Praise Band also provides opportunity to students who play acoustic or electric guitar, keyboard, and drums. Participants should understand the importance of displaying a heart for serving and ministering with their God-given musical abilities.