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THE ARTS

THE ARTS AT PIONEER VALLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

Pioneer Valley Christian Academy’s arts program allows every student to reflect the creativity of God through education in visual art, music, and theater. In art courses, students work with a broad range of materials and techniques, practice the work habits of an artist, and grow in appreciation for how God makes Himself known through the visual world. Through music education, students have an opportunity to develop both vocal and instrumental skills for the glory of God and the blessing of others. Students who participate in the theater program learn and practice dramatic techniques across a variety of genres, enabling them to acquire skills in both production and performance.

MUSIC EDUCATION

Through music education, students have an opportunity to develop both vocal and instrumental skills for the glory of God and the blessing of others. Students who participate in the theater program learn and practice dramatic techniques across a variety of genres, enabling them to acquire skills in both production and performance.

ARTS EDUCATION

 In art courses, students work with a broad range of materials and techniques, practice the work habits of an artist, and grow in appreciation for how God makes Himself known through the visual world.

MUSIC EDUCATION

Through music education, students have an opportunity to develop both vocal and instrumental skills for the glory of God and the blessing of others. Students who participate in the theater program learn and practice dramatic techniques across a variety of genres, enabling them to acquire skills in both production and performance.

Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grades have music for one – 30-minute class a week. Grades 3, 4, and 5 have music for two – 30 minute class times a week. During this time, students will learn to create, perform, and critically respond to music. Students will work to become fluent musicians by engaging in music through reading, writing, listening, singing/saying, and vocabulary use. Students will explore the artistic side of music through performance, improvisation, and composition. Students will play instruments including the recorder, metallophones, xylophones, and various percussion instruments.

Middle School General Music (6-8)

Middle School General Music is a one semester class that meets three times a week. Throughout
the three years in middle school, students will contemplate the creativity, beauty, and complexity
of God as the Creator of Music in relation to Music Theory, Music History, Music Appreciation,
and the History of Jazz.

Middle School Choir (6-8)

Middle School Choir is an elective that meets three times a week for both semesters. It offers a
wonderful opportunity for students to sharpen their musical talents and use them for the glory of
God. The choir practices various vocal exercises to strengthen and develop their voices, is
exposed to diverse styles of music, and sing two to three part music. Students are given the
following performance opportunities throughout the year: Grandparent’s Day, Christmas
Concert, Spring Concert, and the ACSI Music Festival.

High School Choir

High School Choir is an elective one-credit course that challenges students in the areas of vocal
technique, sight reading, music theory, and ministry. Students are taught that music is one of the
gifts God has given us to use in worship. As musicians, we have the unique opportunity to return
this gift to God in a way that not only pleases Him, but also encourages and blesses others at the
same time. The choir is given the following performance opportunities throughout the year:
Grandparent’s Day, Christmas Concert, Spring Concert, National Honor Society Program, and
Graduation.

Drama Club

Drama Club is an extracurricular activity offered to students after school hours. Interested students are given the opportunity to audition for a part in the  annual spring production. Opportunities to work on set design, costume design, sound and lighting, and stage assisting are available to students that prefer work behind the scenes. 

ARTS EDUCATION

In art courses, students work with a broad range of materials and techniques, practice the work habits of an artist, and grow in appreciation for how God makes Himself known through the visual world.

In their weekly art class, elementary students use a variety of materials and techniques to create both 2D and 3D art. From drawing and painting, to construction and ceramics, students use creative ideas as they grow in their art skills.

Students use a variety of materials and techniques while developing as creative student artists. Drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, textiles, construction, and ceramics are the mediums used to reinforce what is learned about the elements and principles of art.

High School Art – Foundations of Art

This introductory art class gives students the foundational skills for exploring a variety of mediums and materials and developing their understanding of the elements and principles of art. Students are encouraged to see God’s hand in their visual world as they create their own artwork and are introduced to different artists.

High School Art – Level 2/3/4/ Art

Students of various learning levels grow in their knowledge of art vocabulary, mediums, materials, and techniques. Units of study vary from year to year, but always include drawing, painting, and sculpture. Students explore and grow in art skills while applying their Christian faith to their artistic choices.

Kindergarten, grade one, and grade twos have music for one, thirty minute class a week. Grades three, four, and five have music for two, thirty minute class times a week. During this time, students will learn to create, perform, and critically respond to music. Students will work to become fluent musicians by engaging in music through reading, writing, listening, singing/saying, and vocabulary use. Students will explore the artistic side of music through performance, improvisation, and composition. Students will play instruments including the recorder, metallophones, xylophones, and various percussion instruments.

Middle School General Music (6-8)

Middle School General Music is a one semester class that meets three times a week. Throughout the three years in middle school, students will contemplate the creativity, beauty, and complexity of God as the Creator of Music in relation to Music Theory, Music History, Music Appreciation,
and the History of Jazz.

Middle School Choir (6-8)

Middle School Choir is an elective that meets three times a week for both semesters. It offers a wonderful opportunity for students to sharpen their musical talents and use them for the glory of God. The choir practices various vocal exercises to strengthen and develop their voices, is
exposed to diverse styles of music, and sing two to three part music. Students are given the following performance opportunities throughout the year: Grandparent’s Day, Christmas Concert, Spring Concert, and the ACSI Music Festival.

High School Choir

High School Choir is an elective one-credit course that challenges students in the areas of vocal technique, sight reading, music theory, and ministry. Students are taught that music is one of the gifts God has given us to use in worship. As musicians, we have the unique opportunity to return this gift to God in a way that not only pleases Him, but also encourages and blesses others at the same time. The choir is given the following performance opportunities throughout the year:
Grandparent’s Day, Christmas Concert, Spring Concert, National Honor Society Program, and Graduation.

Drama Club

Drama Club is an extracurricular activity offered to students after school hours. Interested students are given the opportunity to audition for a part in the  annual spring production. Opportunities to work on set design, costume design, sound and lighting, and stage assisting are available to students that prefer work behind the scenes. 

In their weekly art class, elementary students use a variety of materials and techniques to create both 2D and 3D art. From drawing and painting, to construction and ceramics, students use creative ideas as they grow in their art skills.

Students use a variety of materials and techniques while developing as creative student artists. Drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, textiles, construction, and ceramics are the mediums used to reinforce what is learned about the elements and principles of art.

High School Art – Foundations of Art

This introductory art class gives students the foundational skills for exploring a variety of mediums and materials and developing their understanding of the elements and principles of art. Students are encouraged to see God’s hand in their visual world as they create their own artwork and are introduced to different artists.

High School Art – Level 2/3/4/ Art

Students of various learning levels grow in their knowledge of art vocabulary, mediums, materials, and techniques. Units of study vary from year to year, but always include drawing, painting, and sculpture. Students explore and grow in art skills while applying their Christian faith to their artistic choices.

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ARTS FACULTY & STAFF

Our teachers and administrators are committed to Christ, the welfare of each student, and the mastery of their subjects.  Each is required to be certified by the Massachusetts Department of Education and the Association of Christian Schools International.

Kim Annis

Art
kannis@pvcama.org

Karen Boisvert

Elementary, Music
kboisvert@pvcama.org

David Gurt

Middle & High School, Choir Director
dgurt@pvcama.org

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965 Plumtree Rd. Springfield, MA 01119
P: (413) 782-8031  |  F: (413) 782-8033
admissions@pvcama.org

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965 Plumtree Rd. Springfield, MA 01119
P: (413) 782-8031  |  F: (413) 782-8033
admissions@pvcama.org

Pioneer Valley Christian Academy is one of New England's Private Christian Schools located in Springfield, MA. We offer students access to leading-edge opportunities for intellectual, professional, and leadership development to address the increasingly complex challenges of a global society. Pioneer Valley Christian Academy stands apart from other outstanding schools in New England by combining an exceptional education with Christian faith.

Pioneer Valley Christian Academy admits students of any race, color, and national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the academy. The academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and financial aid, athletics, and other school-administered programs.