Martin Luther, credited as a genius and one of the most influential figures in the history of the Western world, praised music as one of highest of gifts given to man by God. At Zion, we agree!
The inclusion of music into the curriculum has been shown in many academic studies to raise test scores in other disciplines, especially mathematics. Zion Lutheran School of Kearney offers a variety of music opportunities for its students. All students in the Kindergarten through eighth grades have music class three times a week. Students in the second thru eights grades also sing in the school choir.
All students in the 5th through 8th grades participate in the school band. Students can learn the instrument of their choice and learn the basics of instrumental play. Students who take all four years of band are well prepared for the different music programs offered in high school.
Our music instructor, Mrs. Elaine Arehart is a recent graduate of UNK and is especially skilled in band instruction. She was also influential in the creation of a very special music event, the Christian Music Festival. Featuring the direction of Dr. Ron Crocker, Zion, Faith Christian, and Kearney Catholic participated in the first Christian Music Festival. This joint band clinic was great development opportunity for our students.
Art, like music, is truly a gift from God. At Zion we feel that art instruction is essential to our school curricula and is instrumental in developing the whole child of God. Art is a discipline that develops skills that will benefit the student in a multitude of future careers. At Zion, art is valued! The early childhood programs, especially, incorporate art daily in their work.
Zion has also received a special grant called ‘Picturing America’. This grant will facilitate the greater inclusion of art history into the social studies curriculum.