It is no secret that music affects the brain in particular ways that other types of learning do not and cannot. How can we seek to engage all of our mind with a proper understanding of musical studies—not as enrichment or extracurricular, but as an integrated part of knowledge and educational disciplines?
Today’s music educator must reach the heart of the student while shining a light on the mechanics of making music. In this workshop, teachers will participate in engaging grammar school music lessons that are both challenging and enjoyable, believing all of life is enhanced through an appreciation and understanding of music. Participants will leave with […]
What is our role in the world as followers of Jesus Christ? Andy Crouch considers the place of humans in the creation as sub-creators and imitators of God Himself and how our acts of creativity bring glory to the Creator. From advertisements to birds to Bach, he contemplates the relationship between Christianity and creativity.
Jesus upholds the universe by the Word of His power and the center of the cosmos is Love that binds everything together in perfect harmony. The idea of music and dance as formative images appears in the writing of Augustine, Boethius, Dante, Lewis and Charles Williams. Formal dance requires the learning of steps, mutual submission […]
Singer, songwriter and author Andrew Peterson will engage in a discussion with those present about a life of music, writing and art.
In classical and Christian schools we seek rigorous academics and a robust Christian worldview, but these are not the only necessary ingredients for instruction that ennobles the mind and educates the whole person. In any discipline, there are “other voices” that speak to our hearts and minds. In this workshop we will explore ways that […]
Lilli Benko, music teacher/administrator and violinist at Veritas School in Richmond, VA, will share the story of her growing school’s developing music program and the successes and ongoing challenges. Her presentation will include a teaching demonstration of the “Paper Orchestra” and her blueprints for a distinctively “classical” and integrated K-12 curriculum. All are welcome, especially […]
The creative act, as suggested by J. R. R. Tolkien, is one of the purest expressions of the image of God in us. Andrew Peterson discusses the redeemed imagination and the way stories, music and art can be signposts to the Kingdom.
Education is typically structured to sharpen dull minds, to re-order confused thinking. But the senses are also in need of discipline. God has given us five senses with which to know and engage Creation and — through Creation — something of Himself. St. John (I John 2:16) starkly warns that disordered desires can afflict the […]
This seminar will discuss ways to start and develop a successful ensemble (band or orchestra) in a private school setting as well as avoiding common pitfalls.