At the heart of Music City lies a belief that music is a connective language through which we experience and interpret life. CPA embraces this quest for connection through music by developing student talent by sound training combined with graduated performance opportunities.
Band, choral, and instrumental instructors bring notable expertise to the preschool – 12th grade program as musical professionals and art educators, encouraging students in their own musical pursuits. Students are encouraged and equipped to grow in skill, community, and connection.
Preschool and lower school students grow in performance skills twice a year at Christmas and spring events.
Middle school band and concert choir perform in Christmas Joy each December and in spring adjudications and mini-recitals. Additional middle school musical options include Pep Band, Drumllne, and the annual musical.
Upper school students in Band, Pep Band, Drumline and the choirs Common Ground, Beyond Measure, and Vision perform at chapels, school events, and in the community throughout the year, ending with the culminating performance of Spring Jubilation.
Discover the Windy City
Choral students attend a travel study to Chicago. The tour includes feature performances at a church and retirement center, a university choral workshop, a professional musical theatre performance, and excursions to the Chicago Cultural Center, Hancock Center, and MIllennium Park, with shopping on the Magnificent Mile and impromptu concerts along the way.
Escape to the Mountains
On alternate years, choral students take a shorter Christmas tour to The Biltmore in Asheville, NC, which includes a guest performance in the mansion, singing in the Villages of Biltmore and the Deer Park Inn, with special excursions through the Mansion and the Dairy Barn.
The Windy City from a Different View
Instrumental students also visit Chicago to experience music in one of the nation's most vibrant scenes.
En route to Chicago students stop over for a master classes at Taylor University and then on to Elkart, Indiana to experience the Conn-Selmer Instrumental Factor. They make their way to Chicago for a professional musical theatre performance, a clinic at Chicago University, shopping on the Magnificent Mile, a ride on the ferris wheel at Navy Pier, and tickets to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra or a jazz concert.
Fifth graders grow in musical skills from a new paradigm through a unique beginning band curriculum that allows students to experience four different instruments within the year.
Middle and upper school students may pursue Band through classwork and participation in Pep Band and Drumline.
Students will develop skills in performing, analyzing, interpreting and creating instrumental music in multiple styles and genres. Students will have many opportunities to perform and will learn how to be successful within a music ensemble.
“Music can change the world because it can change people.” --- Bono
Students in vocal ensemble represent the Academy in many ways throughout the year. A-cappella singing is the primary focus, featuring a variety of popular and traditional styles of music, while providing numerous opportunities for soloists.
Singers will continue their pursuit of vocal excellence and music literacy throughout the year. Performance venues will include Coffeehouse Theatre, athletic events, festivals/competitions, vocal tour (optional) and Spring Jubilation!
2018-19 Awards & Accolades
- Vision - MTVA: Excellent ratings in performance and sight reading
- Concert Choir – MTVA: Superior rating in vocal performance and sight reading
- Band – MTSBOA: Superior rating in performance and sight-reading for Combined US/MS Band
Kindergarten through fourth grade students have dedicated music instruction geared to their unique developmental needs combining singing, reading music, and percussion instruments, song flutes, and movement. Students learn the ABC’s of music, pitch, harmony, and how to notate music.
Fifth graders build on this foundation as they invest in a beginning band curriculum experiencing four different instruments within the year while they grow in teamwork, taking direction and self-confidence.