As part of the classical school curriculum, music plays an integral part in the life of the students at Memorial Lutheran. Beginning in first grade, students may elect to join the strings program. Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass are offered in our program, Students in fifth through eighth grades are required to take instrumental band or orchestra. Sixth through eighth grade students may also join the handbell and chime choir, and the vocal choir, Schola Cantorum (which means school of singing). The fifth grade students are automatically a part of this singing class.
Infants and Early Start: our music teachers visit the classrooms and sing with the children
Pre-School and Pre-K: children attend music class where they learn how to sing and are introduced to age-appropriate instruments
Elementary K to 4: students attend music class twice-weekly where they learn about music theory, how to read notes, and how to use their singing voices. Fourth graders learn how to play the recorder.
Middle school 5 to 8: students attend music class twice-weekly for band and orchestra, and also attend additional classes for choir or bell/chimes if they elect to participate in the extra music programs offered
Music History is also taught as a part of music class
Cantor Janet Muth leads our music program and leads the choir, orchestra, music class, chimes, bells, and Schola Cantorum. Miss Laura Snyder teaches early childhood music class and directs middle school band.
Did you know?
Young Children who take music lessons show different brain development and improved memory over the course of a year, compared to children who do not receivemusical training. Musically trained children performed better in a memory test that iscorrelated with general intelligence skills such as literacy, verbal memory, visiospatialprocessing, mathematics, and IQ.— Dr. Laurel Trainor, Prof. of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behavior atMcMaster University, 2006
Stanford University research has found that musical training improveshow the brain processes the spoken word, a finding that researchers say could lead toimproving the reading ability of children who have dyslexia and other readingproblems… ‘Especially for children ... who aren't good at rapid auditory processing andare high-risk for becoming poor readers, they may especially benefit from musical training.’— From “Playing music can be good for your brain,” SF Chronicle, November 17, 2005 (article on recent Stanford research study linking music and language)
The video showcases the middle school hand bell choir in their last performance of 2015-16, entertaining residents at Brookdale Galleria.