Middle & High School Music

Students participating in music at GFA receive diverse and rich instruction. Students are taught a variety of music styles and learn performance technique, music theory and sight reading skills, ear training, and music history and culture. Music and the arts have a long-standing tradition in Classical Education. As far back as Ancient Greece, an emphasis has been placed on music as a core area of learning. At GFA, music and the arts are emphasized as essential elements to a well-rounded Classical education.

Middle and high school music students participate in four concerts per year and have opportunities to participate in additional, musically enriching performances including: annual choir tour for high school choir students, annual Idaho Music Educators (IMEA) Large Group Choral Festival, IMEA Solo and Ensemble Festival, Treasure Valley Honor Choir or Band, All-State Honor Choir or Band. Music classes offered at GFA include Middle School Band, Middle School Choir, Middle School General Music, High School Jazz Band (auditioned ensemble), Una Voce Ensemble (auditioned ensemble), and Academy Choir. In addition, Mrs. Shatto has offered private voice lessons as her schedule has allowed. All high school students also have the option to participate in the student-led praise team which leads the worship portion of weekly chapel.

Recent accomplishments of the music department include an invitation for the Academy Choir to perform at the annual Idaho Music Educator’s Association Conference in November 2016 and a live performance on radio station 89.5 KTSY in December 2016. Recent choir tours have been to Lyons, Colorado, Central and Western Oregon, and Seattle, Washington. In April of 2017, the music department will be presenting a production of the popular musical, “Godspell.”

Any questions about the Middle and High School music program can be directed to Mrs. Shatto by email or by calling the school at (208) 459-6346.

Elementary Music

The Elementary Music program at Greenleaf Friends Academy is a vital, as well as fun, part of our students’ learning.  Classes for grades 1-5 consist of textbook curriculum, singing, instrument playing (many different hand instruments and world drums), movement, music history, musical games and activities, preparing for performances, and critical listening and thinking activities.  We work together in our classes to develop music appreciation, experience and memorization and social skills.  Classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week. Mrs. Whitley will also be working with groups on students on hand bells during the year.

Program performances are in November, December and the Spring, giving students an opportunity to perform as a large group, and as soloists.  A variety of music genres are taught that compliment our school mission.

Elementary music teacher, Charla Thomas, is in her 6th year working at GFA but the first year in Elementary Music. She has previously taught private music lessons in her home.  Music classes are held in a portable adjacent to the elementary building. Any questions about the music program can be directed to Mrs.Thomas by email or by calling the school at (208) 459-6346.