Music

The general music classes are the backbone of our music program. Your elementary child will meet once weekly for a music instruction time. Grades 7 and 8 meet once a week for a music instruction time. We cover what each believer needs to know as a consumer and worship music participant.
bellsThree bell choirs currently exist at CBS under the supervision of Elaine Harbin. Each bell choir has loosely followed grade delineation with the inclusion of a beginning bell choir. Rehearsals are held biweekly. Auditions and sign-ups are held in the Spring.

choir1Students sing in a choir setting beginning in elementary on a weekly basis. Choir is voluntary in grades 7, 8 and 9 as these young ladies and men go through an important transitional period vocally. In grades 10-12 choir is by audition and voluntary. Special ensembles, most notably the Proclaimers, are organized under the supervision of Elaine Harbin. Auditions and sign-ups are held in the Spring.

bandBeginning Band
Group lessons are offered in 5th-6th grade free of charge by like instrument groups. Two separate 30-minute periods are reserved in the first semester for woodwinds and brass/percussion players. The goal is to combine this group into a "band" after the holiday break. This group will then meet for a 40-minute period. Interested 5th-6th graders can sign up with Elaine Harbin for additional information.

Intermediate Band
This group of 7th-9th graders meets twice a week for a regularly scheduled period. Sixty minutes of outside practice is required weekly. Interested students should contact Elaine Harbin or sign up using the course selections form in the Spring.

Senior High Band
This group of 10th-12th graders meets twice a week for a regularly scheduled period. Sixty minutes of outside practice is required weekly. Interested students should contact Elaine Harbin or sign up using the course selections form in the Spring.

privatelessonsPrivate 30-minute lessons are offered on piano, voice, and standard orchestra or band instruments to interested students for grades 1-12. (Private lessons for band instruments are not encouraged before 5th grade because of maturation issues.) Lessons are $15 and are charged to your school bill. You may sign up your child for private lessons through the school office. Specific lesson times are arranged with each teacher in light of their free times or the proficiencies and deficits of each individual student. As much as possible they are scheduled during recesses and seat work times or during times the classroom teacher recommends. Adjustments are sometimes made as the year progresses if any sign of academic problems surface. More advanced students can opt for a 45- minute lesson ($19) as time permits. One repertoire, a ministry opportunity, and a recital time are planned for each student. Competitions are, of course, encouraged.