I will incline my ear to proverb; I will solve my riddle to the music of the lyre. Psalm 49:4
On Friday, October 14th, the Music Department of
Lutheran High School presented its Fall Concert. As with all
elements of our programs here at LHSKC, we proclaim “to God be the glory”.
Recently you may have heard several school districts on both
sides of the border threatening to cut budgets of the arts programs. Why
are these budgets the first ones we determine to be slashed from a high school
experience? Why not math, science, or English? I pose these
questions because this question has lingered for many years. Whenever you
add items to a curriculum, you must subtract or your school day becomes
significantly longer. Most of us realize that 180 days in one calendar
school year is the maximum amount of time any student can expect to pay
attention, be exposed to educated mentors, process information, and learn to
apply said experience in a meaningful manner. Of course, I jest.
The lack of the ability to change thought patterns, traditions, and
customs seems to point to an inability to think creatively, openly, and
The study of music and the application of the skill of
performing music are opportunities for our youth to become creative, to
appreciate the beauty involved in God’s creation, and to expand horizons beyond
mere knowledge acquisition. Talented mentors equipping students with the
appreciation of the arts and honing their skills in a performance
application should be treasured moments in an individual’s development.
Perhaps the Bible can shed some light on this subject.
David in Psalms 49:4 “I will incline my ear to proverb; I will
solve my riddle to the music of the lyre.” This is David connecting
intellectual thought and problem solving to the beauty of a musical
composition. Paul in 1 Corinthians 13:1 “If I speak in tongues
of men and angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging
cymbal.” Paul comments on understanding the appreciation of fine
music versus a musical rendition of poor quality. In other words, the
beauty of music was revered and considered God-like. There are dozens and
dozens of passages which speak of praising God through the beauty and grandeur
Music, physical art, dance, the theater are all examples of
an expression of a high level of intellectual advancement. Cut the
budget, reduce the opportunities, limit the creativity? Please tell me
this is not happening in an already culturally deprived and depraved society.
We at LHSKC will continue to promote the arts and salute all
students who partake in this learning and developmental process.
Dr. Cary Stelmachowicz