Demystifying Classical Music Curriculum

Most parents agree that they would love for their children
to be trained in music and to be familiar with great musical works from the past. However, it is easy to be lost when trying to create a rich music curriculum. Because of infuences from public school programs and popular perceptions about the “extracurricular” nature of music, the study of music can easily be pushed aside in favor of more familiar subjects. However, everything around us is a symbol and refection of God’s goodness. It is vital that students make the connection between art and the beauty of God. For this reason, music is absolutely essential to the education of a child and needs to remain in the forefront of school curriculum.

Michael Attaway

Michael started his trumpet studies at the age of 11 and has performed with some of the world’s nest musicians, including Doc Severinsen, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Kenny G and Mannheim Steamroller. Michael mentors trumpet students and is an adjunct faculty member at Tarrant County College, where he teaches music fundamentals and history. He also teaches music at the Covenant School in Dallas. He is the third trumpet with the Richardson Symphony Orchestra, and performs with ensembles around the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

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?

Gregory Wilbur

Gregory Wilbur is Chief Musician at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Franklin, Tennessee, and the Dean and Senior Fellow of New College Franklin, a Christian liberal arts college that he helped to start. He earned his master’s degree in music composition at the University of Alabama. He is the author of Glory and Honor: The Music and Artistic Legacy of Johann Sebastian Bach and has released three CDs of his compositions of congregational psalms, hymns and service music. He also composes for choir, orchestra, film and chamber ensembles, including the soundtrack for the documentary on Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Logic on Fire. In addition to being a regular speaker at classical conferences, he has taught for more than 20 years, and has a column on the Quadrivium called The Crossroads on the CiRCE Institute website. His wife, Sophia, homeschools their daughter, Eleanor, and they all enjoy reading, cooking, taking walks and enjoying life in middle Tennessee.

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 many practical ideas that can be implemented right away. This workshop is not only great for music teachers, but also teachers who want to integrate music in their classroom.

Abbi French

Abbi French teaches junior kindergarten through 12th grade Music and Choir at Faith Christian School in Roanoke, Virginia. She received her bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Indiana Wesleyan University. Abbi is passionate about instilling in her students a deep love of music while pointing them toward the God who created it. Abbi and her husband, Paul, are active in their church in both music and children’s ministries.