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Music

Concert Choir

Concert Choir educates students in all aspects of choral music through practice, performance, and listening. Students acknowledge God as the Creator of music and recognize his hand in inspiring compositions through the ages. The students learn to use their God-given gifts to the best of their abilities, thereby glorifying God. Objectives of the Concert Choir include demonstrating the proper singing technique, working as a team to create a blended choral sound, singing with correct diction and musical expression, and learning music fundamentals, including sight-singing and ear training. Students accomplish these objectives using a progressive sight-singing curriculum and by studying a variety of intermediate SSA, SATB, and TTB choral literature. The Concert Choir performs during concerts and other performances. Attendance is required at all performances, with a grade assigned for after-school rehearsals and performances. 

Honors Choir Ensemble

Honors Choral Ensemble expands upon basic choral skills students have acquired in Concert Choir or through previous choral experience. Students in this select choral group perform advanced repertoire and master their sight- singing skills. The students participate in Concert Choir during the school day and Honors Choral Ensemble rehearsals twice weekly during the seminar period. Members of this group are expected to spend time outside of class learning and memorizing their music. This group performs on and off campus. There is required attendance, i.e., graded attendance at after-school rehearsals and performances. This course receives honors credit.

Beginning Guitar

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Beginning Guitar gives students a foundation in individual and ensemble guitar playing. Students will learn to play different styles of music such as folk, blues, worship, classical, and popular music, reading music from music notation, chord symbols, and tablature. They will learn different techniques of guitar playing. Guitar students will have the opportunity to help lead worship during chapel once basic skills have been mastered. Students will perform during concerts. Attendance is required at all performances, with a grade assigned for after-school rehearsals and performances. Students must provide their own nylon string classical guitar for the class. 

About the Teacher

Kelly Park received her B.S. in Music Education from Penn State University with a major in voice. While in college she sang in the Women’s Choir, Concert Choir, Opera Theater, and Essence of Joy choir, which performed music exclusively by African American composers. She was the vocal director of the university show choir for two semesters. 

Kelly taught middle school choral music in Montgomery County Public Schools for three years, where her choirs earned superior ratings at district adjudications and Music in the Parks competitions at Hershey Park. She taught middle school choral and general music for an additional year in Loudoun County Public Schools. Highlights of her music experience include directing a contemporary church choir for years, teaching music at a homeschool co-op during her years of serving the Lord in SE Asia, and teaching piano and voice lessons. Currently she sings with the worship team at her church and enjoys improving her guitar and piano skills. Kelly is a member of the National Association for Music Education and the Virginia Choral Directors Association. 

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