Music

Music is a tremendous gift from God.  It exists primarily so we can praise Him, but it allows us to sing/talk/play to Him in our joy, in our sadness, in our wants, in our comfort.  Music is also a gift from Him to us:  He speaks to us in words that become part of our lives.  But music is a blessing in our everyday lives, as we work and play surrounded by jazz, bluegrass, rock and classical as well as sacred.

The music programs at Our Redeemer Lutheran School are designed to make music a living and breathing part of your children’s lives.  They learn the joy of singing with others, and learn sacred and secular songs that will keep them company for many years.  They also learn the basics of what makes music, and eventually how to read music.  They will have the opportunity to play instruments if they so desire, both solo and with others.

KindergartenORLS Music Pics 13 Mar 2015 (23)

The Kindergarten Class meets twice a week for Music Class.  They learn a variety of songs & musical games, all designed to create fun and a non-threatening learning experience.  They will learn the basics of keeping a beat, the way melodies move, how they react to music that is major or minor, as well as songs from a variety of cultures.  Occasionally they will be asked to sing a song during Sunday morning worship at
Our Redeemer.

1st—3rd Grade

Music Class

Each Grade meets once a week for Music Class.  As in Kindergarten, they learn a variety of songs & musical games, all designed to create fun and a non-threatening learning experience.  They build on what was learned in Kindergarten, including identifying note rhythms, learning and using musical terms, creating lyrics, and
careful listening.

Choir

Along with the 4th Grade, they also rehearse weekly in the Lower Grades Choir.  This singing group learns a variety of sacred and secular songs intended to teach basic vocal techniques as well as giving them a large repertoire of songs to take them through life.
Approximately every other month they will be asked to sing a song during Sunday morning worship at Our Redeemer.

4th Grade

Recorders

During the school year, all 4th graders learn to play recorders.  This is their Music Class for the entire year.

The recorder is a flute-like instrument with a nice tone, and we use it to play familiar melodies. This fits into our music program because it applies what we have learned already about note names and note values; now we use this knowledge to produce music. This is a great instrument for anyone thinking of joining a band later.  The students learn to look at the notes on the musical staff and play them on the recorder in the same way that they would need to if they were going to play a flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, or another band instrument.

Students have two (2) options where recorders are concerned:

  1. A student may have an older brother or sister who purchased a recorder when in Grade 4. If so, your child should feel free to use this instrument again.
  2. We were blessed a few years ago with several donated recorders. Any student is welcome to one of these recorders at no cost, as long as supplies last. Once the school year is complete, your child can either keep it or return it.  If returned, they will be thoroughly cleaned and gratefully used again by next year’s class.

ORLS Music Pics 13 Mar 2015 (40)The children are encouraged to bring their books and instruments home to practice, but the books and instruments must be at school on days we have the class.

Choir

Along with Grades 1 – 3, they also rehearse weekly in the Lower Grades Choir.  This singing group learns a variety of sacred and secular songs intended to teach basic vocal techniques as well as giving them a large repertoire of songs to take them through life.  Approximately every other month they will be asked to sing a song during Sunday morning worship at Our Redeemer.

5th Grade

Handbells

During the school year, all 5th graders will learn to play Handbells.  This is their Music Class for the entire year.

Handbells are exactly what the term implies.  They are bells which are played by hand, with each player holding one or two bells in order to play a song.  This year-long course applies what we have learned already about note names and note values, and, like recorders in 4th Grade, does actual songs. The “hands-on” experience works especially well for those who are playing a band instrument, or who might be thinking of joining band later.  The students learn to look at the notes on the musical staff and play them on the bells in the same way that they would need to if they were going to
play a flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, or another band instrument.

They will also learn to play publicly, as they will eventually be playing songs in chapel and in the spring concert.

Choir

Along with Grades 6 – 8, they rehearse weekly as part of the Upper Grades Choir.  This singing group learns a variety of sacred and secular songs intended to teach and improve basic vocal techniques as well as giving them a large repertoire of songs to take them through life.  Approximately every other month they will be asked to sing a song during Sunday morning worship at Our Redeemer.

6th—8th Grade

Handbells

During the 6th through 8th Grade years, Junior Handbells provides music for school chapel worship and Sunday morning worship.  This group is optional, and interested students need to audition for a spot.

Choir

Along with Grade 5, the 6th, 7th and 8th Grades rehearse weekly as the Upper Grades Choir.  This singing group learns a variety of sacred and secular songs intended to teach and improve basic vocal techniques as well as giving them a large repertoire of songs to take them through life.

Approximately every other month they will be asked to sing a song during Sunday morning worship at Our Redeemer.