Instrumental Music

The ECS instrumental music program inspires students to create, perform, and respond to their spiritual gifts and talents through individual musicianship and ensemble performances. Students are challenged to master music principles and connect musical expression to other disciplines and God’s creation. We encourage students to take initiative in their musicianship in developing soft skills from time management and problem solving to team building and servant leadership. Student musicians will have opportunities to audition and perform in regional events, travel with performing groups, and develop lasting friendships while enrolled in instrumental music courses. 

“Band is a funny thing. While you’re in it life happens. You will have successes that the band will celebrate with you and times when it’s all going wrong, but the band is still there pushing you on, helping you to recover. Band is more than a group of students, it’s a community.”
current student

"“Band is more than a class - it is the common pursuit among a group of people to create something worthy of admiration, to uplift the downtrodden and society in general by creating something beautiful for both others and themselves to enjoy. In the process they become a family.”current student

2019 Awards Earned by ECS Instrumental Music Students

All West Participants 

  • Percussion, Red Band
  • Oboe, First Alternate

Solo & Ensemble Festival

  • 3 Superior Ratings 
  • 4 Excellent Ratings

Courses Offered in Instrumental Music

Guitar 1 (Beginning Guitar)

This course introduces the basics of the acoustic guitar as it lays a foundation of chords, rhythms, and reading music in the form of chord charts and tablature. Students will also learn to perform a range of music including contemporary worship, country, and pop. An acoustic guitar is required for this course. 

Guitar 2 (Intermediate Guitar)

This course further develops skills on an acoustic guitar that include chords, rhythms, chord changes, and finger picking. This class will also dive into a section of song writing and group performances. An acoustic guitar is required for this course.

Upper School Band

The Upper School Band is the primary performing group comprised of student musicians grades 9-12. Students in this group perform in the pep band, host 2-3 concerts, and participate in regional events and musical auditions. Two years of prior musical experience is required to join as a member of this group. 

Middle School Band

The Middle School Band is comprised of Beginning Band students from 6th grade and Intermediate Band students from 7th and 8th Grade. Beginning Band members learn the fundamentals of their instruments, basic rhythms, and performance skills. Intermediate Band students further develop their musicianship as they perform together and dive deeper into rhythms, tone development, and music theory. 

Praise Band

The Praise Band includes members from grades 9-12 who wish to lead the student body in worship during chapel. We welcome vocalists, piano, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, drumset, and bass guitar players.

 

Lower School Instrumental Offerings

  • 3rd Graders:  Flutophones
  • 4th Graders:  Recorders
  • 5th Graders:  Ukuleles
  • Group or private lessons in piano, harp, voice, and ukulele
  • Band Instruments are offered as an enrichment class.

Chris Wiggins
Band Director/IT Assistant

"I choose to work at ECS because we can have such an impact on students' lives in and out of the classroom."