Johann Sebastian Bach

The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.
At Hilton Head Christian Academy, our music department encourages students to glorify God through excellence and truly cherish the gift of music. We aim to produce well-rounded music students that sing, play various instruments and worship with the natural talents that they have been given. They begin their studies with foundational musical concepts in our K-5 general music curriculum. Our band and choral programs begin in the 4th grade and continue through 12th grade, increasing in difficulty as our students progress. This year, we also proudly host the Arco Strings Academy as an after-school strings program, so our students have many options available to them.
 

Ensembles

We have several ensembles that perform through out the year including the:

4th Grade Band
5th and 6th Band
7th and 8th Concert Band
Upper School Symphonic Band
Eagles Jazz Band
Eagles Pep Band / Winter Drumline
Middle School Chorus
Upper School Chorus
With a comprehensive band and choral program, our students are frequently seen in the community performing at various events and venues. With small class sizes, and the flexibility of smaller ensembles, our instrumental students are able to learn music quickly, performing various styles of music at a high proficiency. Our choral students in middle and upper school sing from 2 to 5 part harmony and many times in multiple languages. One of our main objectives in the music department is to create well-rounded musicians with a thorough knowledge of repertoire.

Courses of Study

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  • K-4 General Music

    While having fun and making musical memories here at HHCA, we travel far beyond the “do-re-mi”! Our K-4 Lower School children attain and exceed the National Standards for Elementary Music as they learn much more than pitch, note values and identification, in myriad ways! All grades have hands-on experience with the piano, including, in Magic School Bus fashion, a field trip “inside” the open piano, to see its inner mechanisms while they work together to produce sound. The children are systematically learning to read music throughout the school year, and enjoy the opportunity to apply rhythmic structure frequently, utilizing many different rhythm instruments. While studying famous composers, listening to different samples & evaluating the differences, we begin a module where the children compose and record their own music. Third graders begin instrumental training on the recorder, in deliberate timing for preparation to begin Band in the 4th grade. In our celebration of other cultures, and in complement to current learning media being studied in their Language Arts, Science, Geography and other curricula, we learn songs from other lands, and frequently augment other songs in sign-language, just for the fun of learning another language application, which we also utilize frequently in our performances. For those performances, including, but not limited to: our Christmas Musical Program and our Spring Musical, the children learn to audition with confidence, excellence, poise and polish. They are trained in how to achieve kinesthetic stage comfort, and vocal confidence, projection, enunciation, and inflection, while they develop skills and abilities in singing alone, as well as in small and large ensemble formation.
  • HHCA Band Program

    Beginning in fourth grade, students have the option to join the HHCA band program. In fourth grade, students work to build basic proficiency on their instrument through weekly practice and rehearsals. We use the respected Standard of Excellence band method by Bruce Pearson and 4th graders have an opportunity to perform at the Christmas and spring concerts. In MS and US band, students meet at least twice a week for a regular period of band class. Our students focus on achieving personal musical goals of a higher ability and are expected to practice on a daily basis. As an ensemble class, we emphasize the fundamentals of instrumental music including blend, balance, tone, intonation, and technique. We study, practice and perform several styles of music to create versatile musicians.

    All middle and upper school band students will participate either the 6th Grade Concert Band or 7th-12th Grade Symphonic Band. They will also have the option of being part of the Eagles Jazz Band or Pep Band / Winter Drumline. Our band ensembles perform at all of the school concerts, home varsity football games, community concerts and SCISA / Carowinds competitions.
  • HHCA Choral Program

    Although singing is an integral part of our general music curriculum, students are strongly encouraged to join the chorus beginning in middle school or earlier. In middle school chorus, we aim to achieve a proficient level of choral singing by emphasizing vocal technique, tone, diction, and ensemble blend as we work up to singing in 2-3 different parts. In upper school chorus, students build on their middle school foundation by singing in 4-part harmony with a more advanced vocal technique and ensemble blend.

    The middle school chorus meets in sectional groups every other day for a full class period, while the upper school chorus meets every day as a full ensemble during their elective period. Both ensembles also perform at several school concerts, community performances, SCMEA and Carowinds competitions and select chapel events. We sing a variety of musical styles ranging from classical sacred music to jazz/broadway standards or world music.
  • Worship Arts

    Students who have a passion for leading worship are encouraged to join our new worship leadership class, which involves our praise band, sound/light technicians and student media coordinators. This new program co-taught by Mr. Berry, Mrs. Denton and Mr. Langhals is one of the first of its kind in our region, enabling our students to study in detail the Biblical roots of worship, while practically learning the practical music, technical and leadership skills necessary to lead worship every Thursday in chapel.
  • After School / Summer Offerings

    Mr. Berry and Mrs. Green offer a number of afterschool and summer programs, which change from year to year. Mrs. Green generally offers private vocal and piano instruction along with several young drama and music camps. Mr. Berry generally offers advanced piano and instrumental instruction along with group guitar instruction. In the summer, Mr. Berry serves as the camp director for the Hilton Head Jazz Camp, a regional jazz camp for all band students in grades 7-12.
    As a partner to our Fine Arts program at HHCA, we are happy to host the brand new Arco Music Academy for Strings on Wednesdays after-school in the HHCA Music Room. Under the direction of strings educator and cellist, Dominique Geer, students learn how to play violin, viola, or cello in an appropriate group lesson. For more information, visit arcomusicacademy.com.

Contact Us

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  • Mr. James Berry 

    Fine Arts Department Chair
    (843) 681-2878
    Bio
  • Ms. Beth Green 

    Teacher
    (843) 681-2878
    Bio

Hilton Head Christian Academy

Hilton Head Christian Academy is a Christ-centered College Preparatory School serving grades Kindergarten through 12th.