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The Music of the Spheres and the Hidden Places of the Mind

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?

Tools of Engagement: Drawing Students into the Joyful Pursuit of Music Making

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 […]

Good to Very Good

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.    

The Great Dance: How the Cosmos Sings and Moves by Love

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 […]

Q & A with Andrew Peterson

Singer, songwriter and author Andrew Peterson will engage in a discussion with those present about a life of music, writing and art.

Other Voices: Gerard Manley Hopkins and Science Instruction

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 […]

Crafting a Classical Music Curriculum: One School’s Ongoing Journey

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 Integrated Imagination

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.

Confronting Concupiscence of the Ears: Music and the Moral Imagination

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 […]