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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. Those registered in a high school music program can join an after-school praise team with rhythm section, and/or a stage band.  The stage band is open to any music student from middle school or 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 online music platforms as part of the curriculum.  ALL grades will develop performance skills consistent with previous experience.

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, provides a blessing to the audience, and 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 taking 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 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. 


After beginner band, students can continue their learning in Middle School Band.  Students are challenged to improve their skills with a more varied repertoire of music styles.  All the same elements of music are developed (reading music, blend, balance, tone, articulation, rhythmic accuracy, etc) with a more advanced level of difficulty – consistent with their ability and progress.  Theory, listening and analyzing music, and understanding the cultural aspects of the pieces they are playing, are skills which are expanded and incorporated regularly in class. 


Middle School Choir (Performing Arts) introduces students to a variety of Choral Music repertoire styles.  Developing the singing voice, appropriate performance etiquette, ensemble blend, expression, and articulation are just some of the many skills which students will develop.  Singing 2-part harmony or more will be encouraged, and students may have the opportunity to sing solos or duets. 

This class also incorporates basic Drama skills and performance techniques. Drama activities help students learn how to express themselves through appropriate facial expressions, vocal intonation, and body language.  This helps them learn how to understand others more clearly, too.  Short dramas and skits are included in the course.

Communication regarding what to practice, upcoming playing tests or assignments, performances and more will be with the school TEAMS chat group for Middle School Band or Choir. 

Students will perform at the Christmas and Spring concerts, as well as other school and/or church events.

BEGINNER BAND (Grades 5-6)

In Beginner Band, students are introduced to the instruments of a concert band.  Once they have selected an instrument, they will spend the rest of the year learning to play it, as well as developing understanding in ensemble performance skills such as blending, balance, tone, and intonation.  Students will learn music theory and acquire music reading skills through various resources such as band method books, theory assignments, and online music platforms.

Students are expected to practice regularly.  It is optimal to practice every day, however practicing at least three times a week for 10-30 minutes will go a long way to improve playing ability. Students can look forward to performing at the Christmas Concert, Spring concert, and other school events.

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Communication regarding what to practice, upcoming playing tests or assignments, performances and more will be with the school TEAMS chat group for Beginner Band.

Some of the instruments students can choose from are:

Flute, clarinet, oboe, trumpet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, trumpet, Fr. Horn, trombone, euphonium/baritone, tuba, and percussion.  Bass guitar is also available, but only with teacher approval.

The rental fee for the instrument varies depending on the type of instrument.  Typically, the fee is between $25-$40 a month.  More information regarding rentals will be available in class.


In elementary music, students enjoy a variety of activities throughout their first 5 years of school. Activities include playing various non-pitched percussion instruments, Orff instruments, movement activities, and of course – lots of singing!  Learning instruments such as the recorder, marimbas, ukulele, and hand bells will rotate over the years. Together with developing their singing voice, students will develop listening skills, playing skills, basic music reading and composition skills. The most essential element in music class is to have fun, and to enjoy taking musical risks. This is so important to develop creativity and learning to express oneself as intended. 
Other activities students can look forward to are field trips to professional performances, and participating in school concerts, local churches or other community and school events.  

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