Melissa Clark will be sharing music with
our Church School children!
Melissa is an accomplished music educator and a wonderful resource for our classes.
We are blessed to have her working with our children.
Melissa Clark is a music educator with a passion for fostering lifelong enjoyment of music through the development of musical skills and artful expression. Her teaching draws on the methodologies of John Feierabend and American folk music traditions. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Keene State College and a Master of Music Education from The Hartt School. She has taught general music, choir, beginning instrument lessons, and elementary strings for nine years in Waterbury and Enfield school districts. In addition to teaching, she is a regular performer and soloist with The Greater Middletown Chorale, and Alchemy Vocal Chamber Ensemble. Melissa is the Music Assistant at First Congregational Church of Cheshire, CT.
About Christian Education and Music ….. Music making within the church perpetuates Christian Education. Beginning at a young age, children come to associate attending church with its teachings of scripture and music. One goal of the CE Board is to collaborate with the Music Board to provide opportunities to expose and perpetuate the message of Christ through musical sensitivity and literacy.
Beginning in February, youth choir will be dissolved and replaced with 10 to 15-minute Christian Music Education classes modeled on extensive research related to singing and movement skills in children. Through these sessions, all children enrolled in the Christian Education program will enjoy singing together, and will learn to be tuneful and artful while being exposed to the rich musical traditions and expressions of the Christian faith. The researched methods of Dr. John Feierabend’s First Steps in Music will serve as our curriculum, and it is our vision that through these foundational musical experiences, all children at First Congregational Church will become adults who have the opportunity and abilities to share in a component of faith that has spanned centuries.