In the Bible, in 1 Chronicles 15, it describes in detail how the Israelites were instructed by the king to transport the Arc of the Lord to the temple. Then in verse 16 it says, “...David spoke to the leaders of the Levites to appoint their brethren to be the singers accompanied by instruments of music, stringed instruments, harps, and cymbals, by raising the voice with resounding joy.”


There are many places in the Bible that tell how music is an integral part of worshipping God. Here at FVAA, our goal in the music department is to train students to learn skills that will help them grow to the best of their potential, that they may experience joy, peace, health and wholeness; to bring glory to God, and to share music with each other and the community. Through music, students are encouraged to serve and bless others, and grow their faith.


Music and children are both gifts from God, and when the two are put together, the blessings flow. At FVAA, music is highly valued. All students from grades K through 8 receive music training such as general music that includes Orff and Kodaly pedagogy, choir and band. For grades 9 through 12, students have the option to join either choir or band, or both, for academic credit. New this year is the opportunity for students to join an after-school praise team with rhythm section, and a school-wide orchestra which is open to anyone who can play the music from elementary, middle school, high school, and even staff members.


The music department at FVAA wishes to foster students’ confidence, creativity, and curiosity by exploring a variety of repertoire, and providing the opportunity to be a part of both large and small ensembles. Music theory, listening, analyzing, sightreading, practice helps, and other skills will be developed and enhanced by incorporating the Music First online music platform as part of the curriculum.


Come for a visit and see all that we have to offer, and we look forward to making great music together!

Sandra Dodds

Music Teacher

604-607-3822, ext. 325

SENIOR BAND & CHOIR (Grades 9-12)

Hey high school music students!  You have the wonderful opportunity to be part of a music program that brings joy to your soul, that provides a blessing to the audience, and that brings pride to your school!  Come and be a part of the choir and/or the band where you will develop your musical abilities by learning a variety of musical repertoire and take part in large and small ensemble performances.  You will perform at a variety of venues and events and go on music tours.  As you may already know, science has proven that playing a musical instrument strengthens every part of your brain, and therefore helps you to perform well in all your other subjects, too.  And besides, it’s just a whole lot of fun!  Come and a be a part of a wonderful musical adventure.  You know you want to!


Check out the syllabus to see what you can expect when you sign up. 


A fun approach to learning music continues as students begin to sing and play music with more than one part (harmony instead of unison).  In addition to learning more scales and pitches, the students will gain experience on musical elements such as tone, blend, dynamics, and independent lines.

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