God’s creative nature can be seen everywhere, and we celebrate His work daily. Whether our students are baritones or bassists, painters or sculptors, actors or set designers, we encourage them to unlock their artistic side and realize that they are all creators.
Recognizing that the creative, expressive, and intellectual growth of our students is an integral aspect of a well-rounded education, Maranatha offers an exceptional fine arts program. Experienced specialists train, shape, and refine talented, young performing artists’ divinely-inspired gifts in an academic climate that nurtures growth in the disciplines of theater, band, choir, painting, drawing, ceramics, photography, and others.
Each lower school student has an art class with a specialist once a week. These classes focus on specific art fundamentals, art history, and creating art in a process-oriented and problem-solving manner. Within the upper school, students are given opportunities to choose art electives from drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, textile arts, graphic design, and photography. Students not only produce work but also analyze and evaluate art history.
The Performing Arts
The Performing Arts are a vehicle of public expression which imitates life and integrates the Divine. This is achieved through theatrical productions and the performances of choral and instrumental music. Students are taught not only to prepare but also to analyze and interpret a composer’s or writer’s works to an audience.
Thespians perform in two productions over the course of the year. Past shows include Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma, The Little Mermaid, High School Musical, Sleeping Beauty Briar Rose, and more. Each performance showcases our students’ talents, thrilling parents and staff who, at times, were unaware of these gifts that were seemingly hidden in these scholars.
Musicians at Maranatha have many options to show off their talents and enhance their passion. Choir, Concert Band, Pep Band, Jazz Band, and Chapel Band offer students many different options. In addition, private lessons can be taken right on campus.
The Visual Arts
Maranatha’s art program is dedicated to creating visually literate students who create high-quality art within a distinctively Christian environment. Housed within the STEAM center, the art department develops the student’s whole spirit, soul, and body. With a large variety of electives and art mediums, the art specialists aim to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to respond to an ever-changing world in the aesthetic realm that will prepare them for higher education and a lifetime in the visual arts.
Music lessons have been show to improve study skills, hand-eye coordination, brain function and self esteem. Through music lessons, students will be challenged to set goals, evaluate their progress and share their achievements with others. Instrumental lessons help develop a lifelong appreciation and enjoyment of music.
You don’t have to drive to piano, violin or guitar lessons any more! Students register per academic school year. Weekly 30 or 45-minute lessons may be offered before, during, or after school, and are worked around the MCA school calendar. Lesson spots are limited and are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.
- The price varies by the length of lessons and instrument. Please contact the instructors individually for more information.
- It is important that a student have access to a quality instrument for daily practice. Please speak to the instructors about instrumental needs and expectations.