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“A MUSICAL JOURNEY TO THE AGES”

Music is important in the learning process of children. It associates the correlation between student enjoyment and student interest. Singing — as an example — can be an alternative medium in teaching literacy, and developing oral communication sans the direct instructional modulation.

It is important that young students are immersed in an environment that promotes audible expression as an extra part of the curriculum.

The Children’s Ark Preparatory School believes in promoting music and giving children another means of self-expression, allowing them to artistically impart their feelings and emotions they bear, whether it be happiness, frenzy, or frustration. In a very real sense, this is building up their Emotional Intelligence.

More on our student’s EQ, The Children’s Ark Preparatory School held another musical gathering. Dubbed “A Musical Journey To The Ages” the event was held on February 11, 2017 at the Philippine Social Science Center Auditorium in UP Diliman. The musicale was a presentation of our young students’ talent in the field of music as they performed medleys of songs and dances from the Golden Oldies, or from the ’50s to the ’60s era.

The superb presentation was a result of the Coach Nino’s tireless effort in laying it out for everyone. The event was jazzed up by cool raffle prizes and a dance number from our very own faculty members.

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PHOTO ESSAY : THE HEART OF CHRISTMAS

It’s never too late for us adherents of that ‘better late than never’ quote. No lost opportunity here. What we have here is too special to be left out: the Children’s Ark Preparatory School’s December presentation of “The Heart Of Christmas.” A special recital held on December 19, 2016 at the Philippine Social Science Center in Diliman Quezon City.

The Heart of Christmas follows the story of the coming of Jesus; from the summoning of Joseph by the Angel to, ultimately, the birth of Christ.

The presentation is a staging moment for TCAPS’ students and a display of their flair in musicale rendering.
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Our young students performed their best. We could see how their confidence level blossoms. They just got up there in front of the people, aware that excellence is not of certainty, and the thought that “giving” their music to the audience is why they play music. It is meant to be shared.

TCAPS believes the important role music provides to the young minds. As a means of communication and expression of culture and individual identity. Young children are normally used to singing nursery rhymes.

Here, we boost their interest in music to infinity and beyond!

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Our young students are encouraged to take part in the recitals. Those who are just starting out on this musical path, the variety of their style, level, age and appearance is simply fascinating to watch.

A child must learn to think musically. And that is what will help assist the development of the child and their academic development. A music recital is kind of like-life.

But of course, anxiety accompanies a child’s performance on the stage. Tears, tantrums and tummy aches. All of these symptoms come along. They need to realize and be willing to be vulnerable in front of lots of people. Our students are aware that sharing with others is more important than the fear of not being perfect.

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Another smashing performance by the TCAPS students — to the delight of the audience, guests and parents — as they
share the stage for a very special evening which really deeply touches the viewers. And to the success of the TCAPS faculty. If these made the audience smile or even cry, they have done a really good job.

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RECITAL DAY: DEVELOPING CHILDREN’S MUSICAL CREATIVITY

Among the Childrens Ark Preparatory School’s mission is to improve our student’s creativity, learning, and their love for music and harmony. We believe that playing and performing music is fun and functional and it will help develop children’s skills which will be of use to them throughout their lives.

Just recently, the TCAPS gave our young students a chance to spread out their flair through a musical performance held at the Don Antonio Heights Homeowners’ Association Clubhouse.

It was a night of glitz and glamor. The audience were delighted to a variety of musical performances featuring the elementary kids dancing to Corbin Bleu’s “Push It To The Limit” and the pre-schoolers exhibiting their dancing skill to One Direction’s “Strong” and “Shake It Up” together with the all-girls chorale.

This was followed by the group’s inspiring rendition of Lea Salonga’s “I Am But A Small Voice” backed up by a lyre and guitar ensemble.

The gallery — consisting mostly of parents — regaled to an interpretative dance by the chorale and selected dancers to Peabo Bryson’s “A Whole New World.”

“Go The Distance” and “Reflection” was performed by the chorale, also accompanied by the lyre and guitar ensemble.

Our musical director, Coach Niño wowed the crowd with his magnificent rendering of an Eric Clapton hit “If I Could Change The World.”

The recital ends with a dance finale for all students featuring the High School Musical’s soundtrack “We’re All In This Together.”

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The opportunity to display one’s talent through the encouragement of a teacher and the enthusiasm of a proud parent builds in a child a sense of pride and confidence.

There is always a time and a place for everyone to take the center stage.


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A Soldier’s Almanac

Here’s a beautiful recitative by country musician T. Texas Tyler that was a hit somewhere during the late ’40s. A story about a young soldier and his “almanac and bible.”  Read on.

During the North African campaign, a bunch of soldier boys had been
on a long hike and they arrived in a little town called Cascina. The next
morning being Sunday, several of the boys went to Church. A sergeant commanded
the boys in Church and after the Chaplain had read the prayer, the text was
taken up next.

Those of the boys who had a prayer book took them out, but this
one boy had only a deck of cards, and so he spread them out. The Sergeant
saw the cards and said, “Soldier put away those cards.” After the service
was over, the soldier was taken prisoner and brought before the Provost
Marshall.

The Marshall said, “Sergeant, why have you brought the man
here?” “For playing cards in church, Sir.” “And what have you got to
say for yourself, son?” “Much, Sir.” Replied the soldier. The Marshall
said, “I hope so, for if not I shall punish you more than any man was
ever punished.”

The soldier said, “Sir, I’ve been on the march for about six
days, I had neither Bible nor prayer book, but I hope to satisfy you,
Sir, with the purity of my intentions.” With that, the boy started
his story:

…You see Sir, when I look at the “ACE”, it reminds me that there is
but one God;

…And the “DEUCE” reminds me that the Bible is divided into two parts;
The Old and the New Testaments;

…And when I see the “TREY”, I think of the Father, the Son, and the
Holy Ghost;

…And when I see the “FOUR”, I think of the four Evangelists
who preached the Gospel. There was Matthew, Mark, Luke and John;

…And when I see the “FIVE”, it reminds me of the five wise virgins
who trimmed their lamps. There were ten of them, five were wise and
were saved. Five were foolish and were shut out;

…And when I see the “SIX”, it reminds me that in six days, God made
this great heaven and earth;

…When I see the “SEVEN”, it reminds me that on the seventh day, God
rested from His great work;

…And when I see the “EIGHT”, I think of the eight righteous persons
God saved when He destroyed this earth. There was Noah, his wife,
their three sons and their wives;

…And when I see the “NINE”, I think of the lepers our Saviour cleansed.
And nine out of the ten didn’t even thank Him.

…When I see the “TEN”, I think of the Ten Commandments God handed
down to Moses on a tablet of stone;

…When I see the “KING”, it reminds me that there is but one King of
Heaven, God Almighty;

…And when I see the “QUEEN”, I think of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who
is Queen of Heaven;

…And the “JACK” or “KNAVE” is the Devil;

…When I count the number of spots on a deck of cards, I find 365,
the number of days in a year;

…There’s 52 cards, the number of weeks in a year;

…There’s 4 suits, the number of weeks in a month;

…There’s 12 picture cards, the number of months in a year;

…There’s 13 tricks, the number of weeks in a quarter;

…So you see, Sir, my pack of cards serves me as a Bible, Almanac and
Prayer Book.

“And friends, this is a true story, because I was that soldier.”