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Philosophy Statement

At Agape Christi Acad­e­my, music is not an elec­tive. The Lord com­mands that his peo­ple wor­ship through song out of love for Him­self (Psalm 66:1–2, Psalm 68:4) and love for oth­ers (Colos­sians 3:16, Eph­esians 5:19). It is there­fore imper­a­tive for Chris­t­ian stu­dents to learn to sing, par­tic­u­lar­ly the Psalms. The Bible tells of sev­er­al men and women who were not musi­cians by pro­fes­sion and yet com­posed music unto the Lord: Deb­o­rah, Miri­am, Moses, Han­nah, Mary, and Paul. It is our goal then for all stu­dents to learn how to sing and com­pose with joy and skill for the glo­ry of God and cul­tur­al trans­for­ma­tion.

Six Biblical Reasons for Musically Literate Christians

  1. The Lord com­mands that his peo­ple wor­ship through song. 
    • Psalm 66:1–2  Shout for joy to God, all the earth; sing the glo­ry of his name; give to him glo­ri­ous praise!
    • Psalm 68:4 Sing to God, sing prais­es to his name; lift up a song to him who rides through the deserts; his name is the Lord; exult before him!
  2. To encour­age a cul­ture of skilled praise in wor­ship of the Tri­une God. 
    • Psalm 33:3 Sing unto him a new song; play skil­ful­ly with a loud noise.
  3. To love one anoth­er through song. 
    • Colos­sians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you rich­ly in all wis­dom; teach­ing and admon­ish­ing one anoth­er in psalms and hymns and spir­i­tu­al songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
    • Eph­esians 5:19 Address­ing one anoth­er in psalms and hymns and spir­i­tu­al songs, singing and mak­ing melody in your heart to the Lord
  4. To mod­el the lives of bib­li­cal men and women who were not pro­fes­sion­al musi­cians and yet com­posed music to the Lord. 
    • Deb­o­rah (Judges 5), Miri­am (Exo­dus 15:21), Han­nah (1 Samuel 2:1–10), Mary (Luke 1:46), Paul (Phil 2), Moses (Deuteron­o­my 31:22)
  5. To be able to sing in har­mo­nized parts with one anoth­er in the assem­bly of the saints, sym­bol­iz­ing the har­mo­ny (diver­si­ty with uni­ty) we share with one anoth­er.
    • Romans 12:16 Live in har­mo­ny with one anoth­er.
  6. To fight the good fight of faith through wor­ship.
    • 2 Chron­i­cles 20:21–22 21 And when he had tak­en coun­sel with the peo­ple, he appoint­ed those who were to sing to the Lord and praise him in holy attire, as they went before the army, and say, “Give thanks to the Lord, for his stead­fast love endures for­ev­er.” And when they began to sing and praise, the Lord set an ambush against the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah, so that they were rout­ed.

In sum­ma­ry, music is an essen­tial part of wor­ship­ing the Tri­une God and right wor­ship is an essen­tial part of cul­tur­al trans­for­ma­tion. There­fore, music is essen­tial to cul­tur­al trans­for­ma­tion.

Pedagogical Philosophy

Fol­low­ing the teach­ing phi­los­o­phy of Kodaly, low­er school stu­dents learn how to sing and read music through solmiza­tion (do, re, me, etc.), rhythm-dura­tion syl­la­bles (count­ing rhythms by chant­i­ng), and the Cur­wen hand signs. Upper school stu­dents focus on musi­cal analy­sis, com­po­si­tion, and per­for­mance.  Stu­dents in all grades are intro­duced to the great com­posers of music and fol­low the course of music through­out his­to­ry.

 

 “When a peo­ple devel­ops its own hymns with both ver­nac­u­lar words and music,

it is good evi­dence that Chris­tian­i­ty has tru­ly tak­en root”

Chenoweth, V. & Bee, D.

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