Trinity Lutheran School has a long history of nurturing the development of musical skills through a wide range of opportunities beginning in pre-school and progressing through the eighth grade. Performing and musical creativity are a major part of the TLS experience.
Music class is part of the curriculum for all students, as well as choir. Band is offered to students starting in fourth grade. Every other year band students march in the Junior Rose Parade. Trinity’s annual Christmas program, spring musical production, and the annual performance at the Grotto are other ways in which students can showcase their talents.
Trinity Lutheran School promotes an understanding and appreciation of many styles of music from different times and from cultures all over the world. Students also get a taste of professional musical talent with an annual visit from the Portland Opera and various field trips to top venues such as the Portland Symphony.
In choir, students begin singing hymns and nursery rhymes in unison and progress to singing rounds and harmonies. In the classroom, students study music history using multimedia resources and they learn the basics of how to read and write music notation. Students have the ability to expand their musical interests individually and in collaboration with others.
The K – 4th grade Choir meets once a week. Both sacred and secular music is learned and performed. Performances include school chapel services, Sunday morning church services, the Christmas program, and TLS Evening.
The 5th – 8th Grade choir meets twice a week learning both sacred and secular music. Performances include: school chapel services, Sunday morning church services, the Christmas program, Lutheran Elementary School Tournament (L.E.S.T.) and TLS Evening.
For students in Grades 4th -8th, the rudiments of instrumental technique and musicianship are taught. There are two rehearsals per week @ 7:20 A.M. (before school).
For students in Grades 6th – 8th Grade, who have two or more years experience. There are two rehearsals per week @ 7:20 A.M. (before school).