The Fine and Performing Arts
Ex veritate Dei, pulchritude
From God’s truth, beauty
The fine and performing arts are uniquely poised to both tutor and inspire the individual to reach the fullest expression of his value in Christ. The study of music, art, and drama from a Principle Approach® not only elevates the purposes and intent of the Creator but it also serves to satiate the soul’s need to outwardly express the high knowledge of these truths to the praise and glory of God.
Beauty is a moral teacher. God fashioned us this way! Unless we intentionally nurture young hearts and minds with beauty and truth, we accept for them the standards and values of our current pop culture—a daily barrage of the crass, the vulgar, the desperate. The purposes of the fine arts are to cultivate our aesthetic tastes and to help us see, feel, and appreciate the poetic joy of discovering beauty wherever it may be found.
Its lilting voice embarks from silvered hall
And dances through the air on heaven's wings.
Our hearts break forth and answer to the call
That's whispered through the melody it sings.
As ripples on a gentle moving lake
And laughter echoing from spirits gay
Its carol whistles melodies that take
To flight and sing the song that spirits say.
However, hidden is life's glistening strain
In this image of intricate design
Without one to release its bound refrain
Unleashing all the beauty in its line.
Both instrument and man must be as one
If music beautiful should 'ere be done.
(Sonnet by Heather McCauley, 10th Grade)
Fine art classes include instruction in sketching, acrylic and water color painting techniques, and sculpture. Students study three or four major artists each year and learn about their lives and contributions to the Chain of Christianity. Visits to the Chrysler Museum are made each year, and student artists compete in both the StoneBridge Art Show and the Metro Art Show. High school art electives include Foundations of Color and Design, Design Technique and Development, and Communication through the Visual Arts.
Please contact the art teacher, Mrs. Debbie Hurley, at email@example.com with any questions you may have.
StoneBridge School offers opportunities for student musicians to excel, both as individual musicians and as members of a larger ensemble. Classes are taught using the Principle Approach and students learn to play more than notes on a page—they learn the importance of playing from the heart and using music as a tool for ministry. Music classes provide our students with training in choral work, one-on-one attention in singing techniques, instruments, music appreciation and folk dancing. Students are taught to read music by learning to play the recorder in fourth grade. Band instruction begins at this level as well. For the advanced musician, the high school offers a choral ensemble as well as a worship band. Students are given many opportunities to perform in chapel and on Special Days, as well as in concerts and community service.
Please contact the music teacher, Mr. Jim Edwards, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have. Mr. Edwards also offers private lessons in all band and orchestral string instruments.
The mission of the StoneBridge drama department is to introduce students of every age to the performing arts, and to instill in them a passion for worship and excellence through the fine arts. We desire to cultivate a love for, and skills in the fine arts through nurturing the students' God-given talents, and providing them with the hands-on experience needed to grow. Students have the opportunity to develop a love of redemptive story-telling, just as Jesus Christ set an example for us with His use of parables. Theater is the primary focus of the drama program at StoneBridge, although older students have the opportunity to experiment with film through the annual film project, as well. Through the drama program, students are introduced to various aspects of theater production, including: basic acting, stage management, directing, set construction, costuming, vocal training, dance and choreography.
All younger students participate in a number of traditional
shows, so that every student is introduced to theater before high school.
These performances are usually directed by the grade level literature teacher.
The 6th-12th grade students have the opportunity to audition for high school
drama productions, which are directed by the high school drama teacher. Each year family and friends in the community
are welcome to attend these two, large-scale performances.
Sample Performances by Younger Students:
5th Grade Drama--A reenactment of the signing of the US Constitution in September
7th Grade Drama--A Shakespearean play performed in May
Sample Performances by High School Students:
Camelot – 2003
The Sound of Music – 2004
Godspell – 2005
Christmas Tale – 2006
Anne of Green Gables – 2007
Cheaper by the Dozen – 2008
The Importance of Being Earnest – 2009
HONK! – 2010
You Can't Take It With You – 2011
Beauty and the Beast – 2012
Seussical the Musical – 2013
Please contact the drama teacher, Miss Kenna Cribb, at email@example.com with any questions you may have.