We're proud to have Elyse Gosselin, our music teacher, on staff at LCES. She teaches music to all students from JK to grade eight.
A painter paints pictures on canvas, but musicians paint their pictures on silence. – Leopold Stokowski
ART. Music allows a human being to take all these dry, technically boring (but difficult) techniques and use them to create emotion.
HISTORY. Music usually reflects the environments and times of its creation.
LANGUAGE. Most of the terms are in Italian, German, or French; and the notation is certainly not English, but a highly developed kind of shorthand that uses symbols to represent ideas. The semantics of music is the most complete and universal language.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION. Music requires fantastic coordination of fingers, hands, arms, lips, cheeks, and facial muscles in addition to extraordinary control of the diaphragmatic, back, stomach and chest muscles, which respond instantly to the sound the ear hears and the mind interprets.
MATH. Music is rhythmically based on the subdivisions of time into fractions which must be done instantaneously, not worked out on paper.
SCIENCE. Music is exact, specific; and it demands exact acoustics. A conductor’s full score is a chart, a graph which indicates frequencies, intensities, volume changes, melody and harmony all at once and with the most exact control of time.
Our Music Program
We are thrilled to offer a music program to every student at LCES. We teach students the fundamentals of music, but most importantly, we teach students to use their musical gifts and abilities to glorify God. His Word tells us to "sing praise to him" (Psalm 105) and worship him with instruments (Psalm 150). Whether we are using our voices or manmade instruments, we do it all for the glory of God.
In kindergarten to grade six, we focus on beat, rhythm, melody, music appreciation, music writing, and vocal technique using the award-winning Musicplay curriculum for elementary schools. Students in grades five and six have the opportunity to learn the recorder, and grade six students earn the privilege of being LCES’s bucket drumming band.
Students in grades seven and eight participate in a concert band program using the "Standards of Excellence" series by Bruce Pearson.
Students at LCES have the opportunity to share their musical gifts several times a year at different community events such as the Christmas Program, May Soiree, Grandparents Day, and our annual variety show, “LC’s Got Talent.”
LCES partners with several private teachers to offer piano and guitar lessons during the school day for an additional cost. Lessons are arranged between the parents and private teachers. For more information, please contact the school office (firstname.lastname@example.org).