Linden Christian School offers a comprehensive performing arts program including strong education in band, choir and jazz. As per Manitoba Education, band, choir and jazz are all full credit courses. While our ensembles excel, they are not exclusive. There are no auditions for band or choir and all students are eligible to participate. We strive to provide educational excellence for all. LCS has a tradition of musical excellence. The senior years bands and choirs have consistently been invited to MusicFest and there is a strong LCS component in auditioned Manitoba Honour Bands and Choirs.  – Performing Arts Director / Mrs. Kim Neufeld

The Performing Arts Program

Opportunities

We believe that children should be encouraged to appreciate and nurture their God-given gifts and talents. We strive to provide a safe, respectful, and supportive environment as students learn to express themselves through the arts. Our desire is that students will develop a life-long appreciation of the arts.

Our students are given the opportunity to:

  • develop specific skills required for each Performing Arts course
  • develop an understanding of the language and structure of a specific genre
  • expand their interests and talents within the Performing Arts
  • perform in public
  • develop self-discipline and pride in their accomplishments
  • enhance their ability to work in a team

Early Years Musical Development

We are proud to have a strong Early Years music program at Linden Christian School and are committed to providing creative musical experiences for every child. Through the Orff process, the students enjoy singing, movement, instrumental playing and listening activities. All of our children play the barred instruments and non-pitched percussion from Kindergarten through Grade 4. Recorder, which is introduced in Grade 3 and continues until Grade 5, is an invaluable instrument that helps develop musical literacy and ensemble skills in preparation for playing a Band instrument in Grade 6.

Music is taught three times per school day cycle for a total of ninety minutes by a music specialist. Students in Grades 3 and 4 participate in both regular music classes and choir.  The grade 3 and 4 choirs focus on developing their vocal skills including breathing, diction, phrasing, dynamics and blend. These choirs perform at special chapels such as Thanksgiving, Remembrance day or Easter, the Christmas and Spring Concert and at the Winnipeg Music Festival. The choirs have performed well at the Winnipeg Music Festival receiving gold ratings and several trophies, including the Helen Derksen and Sir Hugh Roberton trophies.

Throughout the Early Years program we provide opportunities for the students to express themselves musically and develop their God-given musical abilities.

Band

Linden Christian School celebrates a tradition of musical excellence and allows students to flourish in concert and jazz band opportunities. Our band programs are not exclusive and all grade 6-8 students have band as a regular part of their timetable. All students in grade 9-12 may take band as a full credit option. Linden Christian School also offers opportunities for students in grade 7-8 who are interested in pursuing extra band performance in preparation for senior years’ band. Students may audition for Junior Wind Ensemble which rehearses before school twice each week. Linden Christian School’s grade 9-12 bands participate in regular festivals where they consistently receive the highest accolades for both their performance and character.

Choir
Linden Christian School offers an excellent choir program to it’s students. Our choirs are not exclusive and all grade 5-8 students have choir as a regular part of their timetable. All students in grade 9-12 may take choir as a full credit option. Those students in grade 9-10 who are interested in pursuing choir in a smaller ensemble may audition for Vocal Ensemble which is a half credit course which takes place during alternating lunch hours. Linden Christian School’s choirs participate in regular festivals where they consistently receive the highest accolades for both their performance and character.
Jazz
Jazz band becomes an option for students beginning in grade 7. Traditional instrumentation for a jazz band includes saxophone, trumpet, trombone and rhythm section, although optional instrumentation is accepted in grade 7. Jazz band becomes a full credit option for students taking band in grades 9-12. Vocal jazz becomes a full credit option for students taking choir in grades 11-12. Linden Christian School’s grade 9-12 jazz bands participate in regular festivals where they consistently receive the highest accolades for both their performance and character.


Accomplishments

Linden Christian School’s Performing Arts program has developed a reputation for excellence over the years. Our bands and choirs have received numerous awards at both local and international festivals. The ensembles consistently perform at a high standard and are regularly commended for their Christian character in all venues. Students in Linden Christian School’s performing ensembles are actively pursuing musical excellence as a means of worship, while being salt & light in the world.

Our Senior Years Concert and Jazz Bands are consistently invited to Nationals based on their performances at the Optimist Band and Jazz Festival. Both our Senior Years Concert Bands and Senior Years Jazz Bands have a tradition of being awarded perfect five star ratings.


Performing Arts Photo Gallery

Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. Praise the LORD with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy (Psalm 33:1-3).

Creative Freedom Within a Supportive Academic Environment

The Visual Arts Program

Inspiration and Instruction
We believe that children should be encouraged to enjoy and nurture their God-given talents and abilities. Linden Christian School strives to provide a creative, safe, and supportive environment to students as they learn to express themselves in the visual arts. Through sculpture, sketching, painting, ceramics and other mediums, students are inspired to express themselves within the framework of fresh and formal instruction. We promote a high standard of artistic achievement while recognizing that art can be an illustration of one’s values, ideas, and motivations. Linden Christian School utilizes a portfolio style assessment to determine grading and encourage productivity. Our students’ work is frequently on display at the school. Celebrating student achievements and guiding the students in good stewardship of their God-given creativity are objectives of the Visual Arts Department.
Opportunities


Linden Christian School visual art students are given the opportunity to:

  • develop the habits of a growing artist
  • engage in purposeful progress through creative process
  • explore a wide variety of art mediums, allowing for their God-given creativity to shine
  • develop an understanding of the language surrounding art techniques, mediums, styles, and art history
  • establish formal skills in drawing, painting, sculpture, graphic media and other art mediums
  • cultivate pride in their accomplishments
  • reflect on and construct meaning in response to their own and others’ visual art
  • gain respect for artistic expression


Visual Arts Photo Gallery

The School of Fine Arts Program

The School of Fine Arts (SOFA) offers expert instruction by gifted, Christian educators. Our goal is to provide excellent and personalized IMG_3556 webeducation, allowing students to grow their unique gifts. Our teachers are experienced and caring Christian instructors who provide a safe and stimulating environment for their students. SOFA instruction is available to all Winnipeggers, not just current LCS students. SOFA’s mandate is to provide:

  • Training in a variety of art forms reflecting high standards of artistic excellence
  • A Christian perspective on the role and functional usage of the art form in the life of the student
  • Opportunities for the student to use his or her skills in local ministry

The School of Fine Arts will be offering in person private music lessons starting September 10, 2020.  We offer piano, piano/voice combo, voice, violin, viola, cello, guitar (bass, electric, acoustic, banjo) this year. Remote lessons for any of these and with any of our teachers are available for students if approved as a remote learner by LCS. Please contact sofa@lindenchristian.org if you qualify for remote lessons.

SOFA will offer remote piano lessons only taught by Julianna Enns to any students who would prefer remote lessons (without approval from LCS as remote learners). These lessons will begin in October.

Lessons missed due to illness which qualify for make ups may be taught remotely.

Art Classes may be offered in October. LCS will assess near the end of September if space and other implications will allow the class to proceed.

Once registered,  your SOFA teacher will contact you with a schedule prior to the first lesson. If you would like to register for lessons, contact sofa@lindenchristian.org and registration forms will be sent via email.

IMG_5989webClick below to read detailed Biographies and Credentials for each SOFA Instructor, NEW SOFA COVID-19 Protocols, and to download the private lesson registration request form :

Instructor Bios, 2020-2021
SOFA COVID-19 Protocols
Private Lesson Registration Request Form
Register! Contact the School of Fine Arts.
Solfeggietto, November 27, 2019
Solfeggietto, May 7, 2019
Private Music Lessons
Courses Offered: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Voice & Piano Combo, Flute, Theory, Violin, Cello, Viola, Harmony, History and Pedagogy, Saxophone, Clarinet, Trumpet, Euphonium, French horn, Tuba, Trombone, and Percussion and Drums.IMG_0231webUnder the guidance of qualified Christian instructors, students receive private lessons that allow them to develop their musical skills, and to use those skills in a variety of ministry settings. Lessons are customized to meet each student’s individual needs.Private music lessons are typically held once a week and are offered throughout the school day, before school, after school, and in the evening. Lessons are usually 30 minutes, but longer lessons can be arranged to meet grade or level requirements.

  • Students may prepare for Royal Conservatory or Conservatory Canada exams
  • Students may participate in the Winnipeg Music Festival Competition
  • Students are encouraged and motivated by the many performance and ministry opportunities we provide: retirement home visits, the annual Musicathon, LCS chapels, and recitals in December and June
Private Music Class For Fall

PRIVATE VOICE & PIANO COMBO LESSONS / INSTRUCTOR MARGOT SIM / DIPLOMAS IN VOICE (AMM,LMM,ARCT), ORGAN (ARCT), PIANO (ARCT) AND RECORDER (AMM)
Combining voice lessons with piano lessons allows students interested in singing to keep up with their piano skills or add beginner piano to their weekly voice lessons. Each 45 minute lesson will provide an opportunity to: learn the mechanics of singing (technique) through warm-ups and games, learn songs of different styles (including Musical Theatre songs with staging), and learn (or refresh) piano skills through warm-ups and piano pieces. Having a piano or keyboard at home is mandatory. A commitment to weekly practise of both voice and piano will be expected (although not both every day). Piano is a huge asset for singers of all levels. It encourages independent singing away from recordings (‘creating’ rather than ‘imitating’) as the singer learns how to track melodies. As piano skills improve, the singer will be encouraged to ‘self-accompany’ easier repertoire with piano chords. For pianists at a more advanced level (RCM Grade 6 and up), a one hour lesson slot is recommended for Voice/Piano combo lessons.

Contact our School of Fine Arts Administrator Rita Zurzolo at sofa@lindenchristian.org with questions and to register your child for lessons.