The Music Programs of FCS
Music is an immersive activity that draws on both the creative and the analytical functions of the brain. Research has shown that students who study music excel in reading and math, are socially well-adjusted and do better in all academic areas.
The Fairfax Christian School provides musical enrichment for our students at every level.
Lower School Music
Students in the Lower School (Kindergarten through 4th grade) enjoy weekly music lessons. They learn new music and develop performance skills. At school events, these students proudly demonstrate what they have learned onstage.
Middle School Concert Band
Students in the Middle School (5th - 8th grade) are required to participate in Concert Band for at least two years. Clarinets, flutes, trombones, saxophones, trumpets and percussion make up the classic concert band. No previous musical experience is needed. Students who begin to play an instrument in Middle School make great progress as musicians throughout the years.
In addition to performances at school events, Concert Band members share their musical gifts through visits to Sunrise Senior Living at Reston Town Center, the Band Competition at Hershey Park and the annual Concert on the Green. The fall field trip to see and hear the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center inspires them to become the best musicians they can be.
Students who want to continue their development as musicians may join the Music Ensemble in High School. This course places emphasis on developing skills at the intermediate level individually and as a group. Music Ensemble is open to all brass, woodwinds, guitars, piano and percussion instruments.
A Cappella Choir
High School students who join the A Capella Choir develop their skill as singers. Members of the choir learn healthy vocal technique, poise and confidence in performance, rehearsal etiquette and music reading skills. The choir studies, rehearses and performs music in a variety of styles and from different musical eras.
Fife and Drum Corps
In celebration of our country’s history, the Fife and Drum Corps carries forward the tradition of military music. Students taking this course learn about the role of music in the 18th-century military, when fifers and drummers served as the primary line of communication across the field of battle. These students perform at many school events in traditional costumes.
FCS also offers AP Music Theory for students interested in technical knowledge and composition.
While other schools are cutting music programs, the Fairfax Christian School continues to offer these experiences so that our students can be great scholars in all areas. We look forward to seeing you at one of our concerts this year!