Fine Arts

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The Middle School Band curriculum is centered in music theory, sight reading, writing and performance.

This course begins with a review of basic music knowledge, parts of instrument, care of instrument, position, tone production, fingerings, basic note values, and music reading skills. Then the course will reinforce fundamentals and provide a foundation for the study and performance in band.  Students will explore a variety of genres, periods, and composers, to explore the adventure and the power of playing, reading, and writing music. Students will be expected to practice a number of hours and days per week.  Students will learn the only way that their playing skills will develop is through practice.

Middle School Band will use THE STANDARD of EXCELLENCE BAND METHOD BOOK 1 which will have a strong performance-centered approach with music theory, music history, ear training, listening to composition, and improvisations.


At the Heartland Music Fest in OKC on Saturday, April 22, 2023, Individual Musicianship Awards went to Hayden Koepsel and Josiah Bales for Heartland Music Fest Outstanding Musician!  The Band won Superior ratings and the Sweepstakes Award for the second consecutive year!!


At the Heartland Music Fest in OKC on Saturday, May 7, 2022 Individual Musicianship Awards went to Emmeline Conway on timpani and Zach Brinkman on bass. The band won Superior ratings from both Judges and the Sweepstakes Award! The students had an outstanding performance!

Photo Credit: Reiley Koepsel, 2023 Yearbook 


Crusader Choir

Our Crusader Choir is a fun, tight-knit musical family which performs frequently throughout the year in concerts, chapel, and special events.  We value excellence in all we do and are constantly working to grow as musicians together. Each year we compete at Heartland Music Fest or a similar competitive festival.

Choir students learn the fundamentals of good vocal production, sight singing, basic music theory, and how to work together to create great musical performances. We perform many styles of music, including sacred, classical, patriotic, spiritual, holiday, contemporary, and more. Come be a part of this dynamic group!



Designed to give students an overview of art history beginning with the renaissance period and moving through the pop art period. Students study various artists, learning about the historical time era as well as the artist’s unique artistic style. Students will use assorted art mediums in order to recreate artwork with their own individual styles.

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Leadership in Worship

Students learn to lead the student body in praise and worship each week in chapel. They will be exposed to both traditional and contemporary Christian songs throughout the year. ILCA singers and instrumentalists will learn the importance of using their God-given talents for Him. This group also performs in the Christmas and Spring concerts and at various church services throughout the year.

Spring Musical

Each year, the ILCA music department prepares and performs a family-friendly musical production for the community.  Auditions, which are held in December/January, are open to any student in grades 3-12. The students then have Christmas break to begin learning their part prior to formal rehearsals beginning in January.  The musical is usually performed in April. Tickets are sold to supplement the cost of producing the musical, as well as ensure the availability of funds for the next year's production.

Photo Credit: Reiley Koepsel, 2023 Yearbook 

Elementary Music

This course is offered as a general music appreciation class for grades Kindergarten through 5th grade. The students perform in two concerts a year, Christmas and Spring, and sing during chapel and church services. The objectives used at ILCA coincide with the National Music Association standards. They are as follows:

  • Sing alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
  • Perform on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
  • Improvise melodies, variations, and accompaniments
  • Compose and arrange music within specified guidelines
  • Read and notate music
  • Listen to, analyze and describe music
  • Evaluate music and music performances
  • Understand relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts
  • Understand music in relation to history and culture