MS Exploring Music

Course Description:
What comes to mind when you hear the word music? Do you think about your favorite band or artist? Or do you think about instruments and scales and chords? The word means something different to everyone. Which is why in this music course, there’s a little bit of something for everyone! Students will learn about how we hear music; how music affects our lives; important elements of music like rhythm, pitch, and harmony; different musical genres; singing and the voice; various instruments; music composition; and the history and culture of music over the years. Along the way, students will also learn about the role of music in the Bible and in Christianity, the benefits of music in the Christian life, and how to think of music and musical performance from a distinctly Christian point of view. Tune up your understanding and appreciation for all things music by signing up for this course!

Recommended Prerequisites:

Grade Level:
6th-8th Grade Recommended

Course Types Available:

  • 1 Credit – Full course (12 weeks minimum / 12 months maximum)
  • ½ Credit – 1st semester only (6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)
  • ½ Credit – 2nd semester only (6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)

Required Purchased Materials:

Biblical Integration Information:

  1. Creation: The triune God of Scripture and the Christian faith is the great “Composer” of all creation (Genesis 1–2). When musicians create music, they demonstrate something of what it means to be made in his image (1:26–27). They also participate in the so-called Cultural Mandate—to “be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it” (v. 28), “to work it and take care of it” (2:15). This all implies discovery, protection, and the development of God’s good creation.
  2. Fall: As a result of Adam and Eve’s rebellion in the garden, human nature is thoroughly and universally corrupted by sin (Genesis 3; Romans 1:18—3:23). Like any other cultural initiative, then, music can reflect this reality in a wide variety of ways—from self-promoting motives and harsh critique to ethically and sexually illicit lyrics.
  3. Redemption: The importance of music in God’s redemptive plan can be seen just after the Fall in Genesis 4:17–22. There, music is listed among five cultural activities, including urban development, tent making, animal husbandry, and metalworking. Not surprisingly, then, music played an active role in the lives of ancient Israel and the early church, not only for the purposes of worship and instruction (e.g., Psalm 68:24–25; Ephesians 5:19) but for a variety of other purposes: lament (e.g., 2 Samuel 1:17–27); warfare (e.g., Exodus 15:1–21); royal entertainment (e.g., 1 Samuel 16:23); festivals and weddings (e.g., Psalm 45:8); and prophecy (e.g., 1 Samuel 10:5–6). In the New Testament in particular, music serves the purposes of edifying the body of Christ and expressing gratitude to God (Ephesians 5:18–20; Colossians 3:16). Moreover, music can school us in the art of patience (cf. Galatians 5:22–23), help us listen better to God and others (cf. James 1:19), and even communicate something of God’s divine character and eternal power (cf. Romans 1:20). While not to be entertained uncritically, music is, indeed, a gift from God to be enjoyed and used for his glory (cf. 1 Corinthians 10:31; James 1:17)!

Required course materials:
Audio and video recording device.