Fine Arts

Through the discipline areas of music, drama, band, and art, students at every grade level have an opportunity to participate in the fine arts. In classes and extracurricular offerings, students are able to find creative outlets and learn from experienced instructors and practitioners.

MUSIC

At the Lower School, Jr. Kindergarten and Kindergarten students participate in the TLC program, which integrates music and other learning skill stations. In the music station, children develop rhythm and pitch awareness through echo songs and games.

Each week, grades 1-6 enjoy one 45-minute music class where they learn devotional, patriotic and other tradtional songs. Students are also introduced to musical instruments, practice coordination and movement to songs, and learn the parts of music and music theory at an age appropriate level. Each year, students prepare a performance for Grandparents Day in the fall. Private music lessons are also available for students after school.

In the Upper School and Lower School, students are able to participate in Chorus as an extracurricular activity. Chorus is also offered as a credit class in the Upper School. Opportunities are also available for participation in musical theater (see DRAMA below).

DRAMA

Dramatic arts at CA is a growing area in the fine arts curriculum which focuses on building confidence and creativity in various roles both onstage and behind the scenes. Upper school students will have the opportunity to participate in two to three annual productions including a musical in the spring. Lower School students can also participate in productions casting younger children.

Other fun opportunities include the Drama Dawgs, CA's resident Drama club for upper school students. Activities will include Improv Night, field trips to theatrical performances, and opportunities to contribute at many levels during CA theatrical productions. For students in the lower school, opportunities are also available through the Lower School Drama Club and summer Drama Camp.

BAND

The CA band program for grades 6-12 has had a long history of excellence and is growing to become a competitive band program once again. Beginning band starts in 6th grade where students get to choose from a variety of musical instruments such as clarinet, flute, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet, trombone, tuba, percussion and many more.

Advanced band is in 7th and 8th grade where additional techniques and musical concepts are taught and developed.

Upper school band for grades 9-12 allows students to participate in a variety of concerts and performances throughout the year. This ensemble will also perform at many home games and competitions.

The main focus for the band program is to help the students grow and mature as a follower of Christ and to grow intellectually, aesthetically and emotionally in a secure environment while stimulating both logical and intuitive thinking. Students will also learn to develop musicianship, showmanship, performance, theory and friendship in a program where excellence is the goal.

VISUAL ARTS

The visual arts are incorporated into the curriculum throughout a student's experience at CA. In the Lower School grade levels (Jr. Kindergarten - 1st grade), students work with different mediums to foster creativity and create art projects in their classroom in addition to hands-on craft and art projects in the TLC program. Starting in the second grade through the sixth grade, students participate in weekly art classes with certified instructors who expose the students to different art mediums and projects, which include painting, drawing, ceramics, mosiacs, and papier-mâché, among others.

At the Upper School, students can take visual art classes including a Media Arts class. Art curriculum covers creative and critical thinking as problem solving techniques, visual literacy, fine and commercial arts in our society, art careers, and design elements and principles in application. Students also learn basic drawing exercises and media, art history survey, and introductory graphic design.