We recognize art, music, and drama as gifts from God. All activities in our Fine Arts department encourage creative expression through God’s perspective while incorporating Biblical values into the curriculum. Regardless of the origin of the music or play, God’s character is revealed through His enduring truth.
From our preschool classes on, students express themselves through music. Beginning in 5th grade, students have the opportunity to grow their appreciation for music by participating in chorus, band, or orchestra.
The music program places an emphasis on musicianship and camaraderie. Each child will learn a basic knowledge of music history and music theory, in addition to technical and expressive skill in vocal range or on their instrument of choice. Students also have the opportunity to develop skills in tone production, sight reading, ear training, creative expression, evaluation, performance, and group dynamics while studying under highly qualified teachers.
Students who are involved in music at FCS perform a wide variety of classical, traditional, jazz, popular, patriotic and sacred works to provide for both a broad musical exposure and many avenues for music ministry. A Biblical foundation for music is explored through discussion and application of Bible verses and character studies related to Biblical truth.
Drama is an opportunity to worship the Lord and perform for the only One that truly matters. In addition to introductory drama classes, students have several performance opportunities each year.
In the fall and spring, productions are open for participation from the entire student body. Students have performed a wide array of plays, including Shakespearean classics like Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet, biographical productions like The Beams are Creaking (about Dietrich Bonhoeffer) and Shadowland (about C.S. Lewis), and the always-popular comedies including Fools, Meet Me at the Prom, and You Can’t Take It With You. Plays that reveal the character of God are intentionally selected.
Students are encouraged to express their God-given artistic abilities through our Visual Arts Department. Integrating Biblical truths is an important part of our Fine Arts curriculum. Each piece of art should bring glory to God.
Romans 12:2 encourages us to apply a high standard for the renewing of our minds: “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.”
There are great benefits to exposing students to visual art. Since visual art is spatial, students tap into the right side of the brain. According to Betty Edwards, author of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, the “right brain” approach teaches students to see things differently. Students will learn problem-solving skills that contribute to other parts of their education, whether preparing visual aides for reports or understanding graphing, diagramming, and interpreting charts. We integrate computer skills with a specific focus on the visual arts.
Enduring Freedom Honor Team
The Enduring Freedom Honor Team consists of multi-talented Fredericksburg Christian High School musicians who perform patriotic tunes and period music, dressed in vintage World War II khaki and Eisenhower short jacket ensembles with authentic insignia and badges as well as original visor caps. This group performs at special events throughout the area.