We can mention only one point (which experience confirms), namely,
that next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise.
No greater commendation than this can be found — at least not by us.
After all, the gift of language combined with the gift of song was only given to man
to let him know that he should praise God with both word and music,
namely, by proclaiming [the Word of God] through music. —M. Luther
Students at Sioux Falls Lutheran School are blessed with access to an expansive music program that begins with music and movement instruction in preschool. Throughout his or her SFLS career, your child can participate in classroom music, Suzuki-based violin instruction, band, choir, orchestra, guitar ensemble, tone chime ensembles, and marching band. Additionally, we offer private music lessons to students throughout the school day as a convenience for families who wish to enjoy uninterrupted family time in the evening. (Additional fees apply to private music lessons).
About the Suzuki Method
Also known as the Mother Tongue Method, the Suzuki Method of music instruction stems from the idea that all children have the ability to develop and enhance skills that are taught in a nurturing environment. Much like learning language comes naturally to a child, learning to make music can be a natural process when similar teaching methods are applied.
We launched our Suzuki-based program in 2011 with two main goals:
To better prepare our youngest students for our high-quality music program, which was available only to 4th-8th grade students at that time.
To further develop students’ brains socially, emotionally, academically, and spiritually.
The well-researched benefits of music lessons generally and the Suzuki method specifically—especially at a young age—include improvements in spatial task performance, contextual memory, IQ, achievement scores, reading and math scores, self-discipline, self-image, rhythm, and memory (Munsey, 2006).
Violin instruction at Sioux Falls Lutheran School draws from the Suzuki Method by starting instruction at a young age, teaching children to play music before they learn to read it, and placing special focus on producing good sound. Best of all, our Suzuki-based violin program is incorporated into the school day for all students in grades K-3.
(Source: International Suzuki Association)
SCHEDULE YOUR VISIT
Our admissions process begins with an Educational Success Consultation. The complementary visit with our administrator, Mrs. Tia Esser, is designed to help us understand your family’s needs and give you a true understanding of what it means to receive a Sioux Falls Lutheran School education. It also provides opportunities to meet teachers and tour our facility.
What families are saying:
“Sioux Falls Lutheran School set me up with a great education that carried over into high school and will soon serve me well in college. SFLS is the reason why I have the passion for music I do right now. But more importantly, it has a great, welcoming, Christ-centered atmosphere, which is why SFLS will always be such a family to me.”
–Kadie, SFLS Class of 2013
“I know many parents cringe at the sound of a beginner playing the violin… the squeaks and squawks of the bow… but not me. I enjoy every single minute of it and am overcome with how wonderful the Suzuki-based program is.”
–Jen, SFLS Parent
“Each of my children attended kindergarten at a wonderful Christian school, but I can truly say the SFLS offered the most well-rounded kindergarten experience. The academics are strong and the co-curricular components—such as art, music, religion/faith formation, and PE—are even stronger. SFLS offers a challenging, yet nurturing, well-rounded approach to education and the growth of the entire child. We love the holistic approach it takes.”
–Rebecca, SFLS Parent
In 2017, the National Lutheran Schools Accreditation Commission identified our Suzuki-Based Violin Instruction as a powerful and replicable best practice for Lutheran schools across the nation.