My heart, O God, is steadfast, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music. Psalm 57:7
At Abiding Word, we seek to develop children’s God-given musical talents and impart an appreciation of God’s gift of music. Our music curriculum engages students in singing, playing instruments, moving, listening, analyzing, reading and writing music, and creating music. Students are exposed to diverse music, including folksongs from around the world, classical music, and Lutheran hymnody. Our motivation for teaching children music echoes that of Martin Luther, “I truly desire that all Christians would love and regard as worthy the lovely gift of music, which is a precious, worthy, and costly treasure given to mankind by God.”
All K-8th grade students participate in Junior Choir, which meets once a week. In Junior Choir, students learn to read music and to sing alone and with others in unison and harmony. They enjoy opportunities to praise the Savior with their voices in worship services throughout the school year.
5-8th grade students also enjoy a General Music class once a week. While playing handbells, playing recorder, and drumming, upper grade students learn to read music, analyze music, collaborate with others, listen critically, and create their own music.
Abiding Word offers students access to private lessons during and after the school day in piano, guitar, and voice. Additional fees apply. Please contact the teachers below for rates and availability.
The lower grades showcase their acting and musical abilities with a musical involving the K-4th grade students. Their confidence at this young age is displayed in solo performances and group pieces.
The 5-8 graders perform a full length play. The plays are adapted from high school scripts and students try out for various roles. All students willing to participate are cast as actors. The students’ commitment to these performances have inspired many to participate in Abiding Word’s drama program.
Many students have gone on to perform in high school theater, choral groups, and musicals.
You are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. Isaiah 64:8
We believe that art is a visual form of communication where students can translate God’s creation around them into self expression of ideas all the while developing flexible, original, and imaginative thinking. Our art curriculum helps students learn that art is a personal way God has given them to express themselves. It teaches about time and places, and connects in important ways to other areas of learning. Students understand that their works of art are unique and valuable as self-expression.
We offer an extracurricular Spanish club for Grades 1-8 which meets twice a week for 1 hour. Our Spanish club is designed to create an interest in foreign language acquisition as well as enhance the connection to our community and school families. The students practice reading, writing, speaking, and listening Spanish. They gain readiness skills to begin studying a foreign language. It gives students a well-rounded foundation and appreciation of the language for further foreign language studying.