At Sheridan Christian School, music is taught within a Biblical worldview. Throughout Scripture, God's people are commanded to sing and make music to him, following after the pattern of our Lord who rejoices over his people with singing (Zephaniah 3:17).
All students beginning from K2- Upper School engage in public singing during weekly chapels, or annual holiday performances such as Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.
Our curriculum includes an introduction to music theory fundamentals appropriate for each grade level, vocal and performance training, catechism memorization in song, lyric interpretation, and an introduction to Classical Music beginning with the Baroque Period where students learn about the life and music of several composers of each time period.
In his book Art and the Bible, Francis A. Schaeffer wrote “A Christian should use these arts to the glory of God, not just as tracts, mind you, but as things of beauty to the praise of God. An art work can be a doxology in itself.”
Art at SHCS is taught with the understanding that God is the maker of all things and, as Schaeffer said, gives Him the glory. As a Classical school we seek to celebrate that which is true, beautiful, and good.
Exposure to Art begins in Preschool with basic crafts. Our youngest students learn shapes and colors while communicating their world through artistic expression. All students grades Kindergarten through 6th grade have weekly Art classes. Junior High students (7th-8th) take Art for one quarter as part of their elective wheel. High School students (9th-12th) have the option to take 2-D Art, AP Art, or AP Art History. Students learn about the great masters of art from the Sumerians through today.
Our students have excelled winning Best in Show at competitions. However, the true measure of Art cannot be found in ribbons but rather in its positive role developing expression and as a witness of God’s creation.
Theatre participants at SHCS develop an extensive knowledge of acting, technical movement, and stage management in our after school program/club. Participation in the Sheridan Hills Shakespeare Company gives them an outlet to glorify God while preparing them to impact the culture for Christ both on and off stage. As a part of the theater program, students gain public speaking and literary analysis skills while gaining self-confidence.
The theater program at SHCS has a rich history going back to 1993 with the first production of The Importance of Being Earnest. That tradition continues today with annual productions. Lower School students may perform in a fall play and the Upper School holds a play each spring. Upper School students have additional performance opportunities in House competitions.
Recent Lower School productions include Annie and Cinderella. The Upper School has recently produced Pride and Prejudice, Love Labour’s Lost, and Bye, Bye, Birdie.