The importance of music in the Bible is indicated by the fact that God’s creative and redemptive activities are accompanied and celebrated by music.
The worship of God through music is a gift to mankind and a privilege for every believer. It is our desire at Perry Hall Christian School to instill in our students a love for music not merely for personal enjoyment but ultimately as an expression of worship to our Lord as we pursue an understanding of music through its concepts, history and application.
the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy.
At Jesus’ birth the heavenly choir sang:
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to those with whom God is pleased.
In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.
One day the great multitude of the redeemed will sing:
Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and exalt and give Him glory for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.
He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.
Oh come, let us sing unto the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Preschool Classes are designed and built around the desire to develop a love for music and worship in small children, but are also based on the most current brain research and explore the connection music has to early learning skills. They include hands on musical experiences, games, songs, finger plays, movement activities, hymns and praise music.
K–3rd Grade Classes allow children to learn the basic principles of music as well as sing and perform in the Christmas and Spring Concerts (concert participation is required). The 2nd and 3rd grade classes will be going to see the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra perform after studying about the orchestra. These classes also include musical games, playing rhythm instruments and hands on learning experiences.
4th and 5th Grade Classes provide students with the opportunity to deepen their understanding of musical concepts through Music Theory and learning to play the recorder. Through “Recorder Karate” they earn belts that hang on their recorders as they advance and progress. They also will participate in the Christmas and Spring Concert (concert participation is required).
6th–8th Grade Classes are designed to take the learning of music theory to the next level. They will be able to put their knowledge into practice through the culminating year of recorders in 6th grade as well as experimenting with original compositions in 7th and 8th. Middle School students will also study Music History and its relevance to music today from the Ancient Music through to the Contemporary Era. They too are required to perform in the Spring Concert, but the Christmas Concert is voluntary.
High School Music: High School students have the opportunity to participate in Praise Band/Chorus through the Fine Art Cohort Class. Students rehearse and lead worship in Chapel every Friday morning among other music related activities (see description on the electives page). Students not signed up for the Fine Arts class will also have the opportunity to sing in the Chorus that will rehearse during the Advisory Period at the end of the day. The Praise Band and Chorus will also perform in the Christmas and Spring Concerts and the Chorus has opportunities to sing and minister in the community.