Kindergarten students in K3 and K4 participate in two music classes every week, and K5 students participate in one music class every week. Classes are held in the kindergarten music room where students are encouraged to dance and move around while singing and acting out motions. The music teacher combines CD songs and piano songs in every class in order to connect with different learning styles. Small instruments are used during class and the students are allowed to trade several times. The students use the instruments to build listening skills while playing along to different rhythms and tempos. They also use rhythm sticks to tap out different beats and color wands to make shapes and patterns in the air while listening to music.
All classes learn to play the handbells and enjoy performing a handbell song at each grade level program during the year. At Christmas time, the K5 students enjoy presenting a "Happy Birthday Jesus" program for parents and grandparents. Before Spring Break, the K4 students proudly share what they have learned in Bible class through the "God's Story, My Story" musical. The K3 students have fun participating in the "Springtime Garden" program where they are dressed as birds, bees, flowers, and butterflies. Each grade level program honors grandparents with a special reception and gift. After the end of year K5 graduation ceremony, kindergarten students are prepared for elementary music and building on their love for music.
Elementary students participate in two music classes every week in the Elementary Music Room. Elementary music classes incorporate moving the body to the beat, singing quality music literature with good technique, developing music reading skills, playing pitched and non-pitched percussion instruments, discovering important historical figures in music, identifying musical instruments, and developing a love for music.
All students in 1st - 5th grades participate in a musical for Grandparents Day. The 4th and 5th grades participate in a spring musical and the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders participate in musicals in the fall and at Christmas. The elementary has two extra-curricular choral groups for 4th and 5th grade students, Chapel Singers and Honor Choir. The Chapel Singers lead worship every Tuesday morning during chapel service. The Honor choir joins the high school choir in December for a caroling trip to local nursing homes.
MS/HS Music, Drama, and Productions
Middle School students are invited to join the Middle School Choir. Students continue to expand their musical knowledge and reading skills in group performance, and are featured in their own fall musical. High School students are invited to audition for Tribute, which features vocalists in grades 9 - 12.
The choir classes focus on group performance, improving listening skills and team work. Students give a variety of performances including small chapel concerts, formal evening concerts, and full-blown musical productions.
The MRA Performing Arts program culminates every year with the all-school spring production, which features students in K5 - 12th grades.