Unwrapping God's gifts
We believe in unwrapping God’s gifts in each child. Participation in the fine arts is an integral part of the Rehoboth Christian Middle School experience.
Rehoboth is committed to music education at all levels because of the commitment to teach the “whole child.” This experience includes both band and choir ensembles at the Middle School and High School levels. All Middle School students take both band and choir. These classes are available as electives at the high school level.
Students not only learn about music, but they also have the opportunity to perform each semester. Students are also given the opportunity to audition for the district or state ensembles. The academic, emotional and spiritual benefits of music education are clear.
All 6th and 7th graders participate in Band at RCMS. In 6th grade, students are exposed to the variety of instruments available and then choose an instrument to play. Students develop technical skills in playing their instrument and in reading music.
7th graders continue to develop their skills and work to make their playing more musical. By 8th grade, students have developed a wide range of skills and have begun to make music together! Students perform at least two times per year and the middle school students can try out for the Northwest New Mexico honor band.
In addition, students can choose to take jazz band during a few exploratory sessions where they delve into this genre of band music!
Choir is a distinctive and special part of the school culture at Rehoboth Christian. Students in both middle school and high school choirs spend time mastering the various techniques required to read, sing, and perform multi-part choral music, but beyond that, they wrestle with questions about the purposes of music, how and when Christians should use music, and what music expresses about culture.
A series of concerts throughout the year, along with All-State Choir, provide the chance for our students to share their talents and joy with others. Rehoboth concerts develop around a theme so that the different songs all coalesce into a single, powerful message for the listeners and the performers.
Middle school marks the first time students can take a choir-specific class, and in high school the class sessions and periods increase to offer greater depth. High school choir students may try out for Cantabile—a smaller, honors-level choir group that practices and performs outside of the normal school day. High school choir students go on a national tour every other year in the spring as a way to share the Rehoboth story with various communities.
During two exploratory sessions, students at RCMS can develop their acting skills. Students engage in a variety of acting situations, working to develop improvisational skills as they also work on and develop a full-length production.
6th graders take art class once every week, 7th graders spend three days a week in art and 8th graders have art 4 times per week. Students engage in a wide variety of media from building painting to drawing.