Our purpose in Joy Singers goes beyond the obvious one of helping your children grow in their musical knowledge and singing ability. A choir differs from many other group activities in that the efforts and commitment of each individual have an effect on the success of the group as a whole. It is very much a team effort that depends on each member doing his/her part to work toward the group’s success as well as his/her own personal growth. This makes choir an excellent medium for teaching Christian character. In fact, excellence in our music will be unattainable without the practice of such virtues such as self-discipline, loyalty, and respect for others, submission to authority, diligence, perseverance, humility, patience, and kindness.
In choir these virtues translate into high standards of behavior that include, but are not limited to:
- Faithful and timely attendance at rehearsals
- Being attentive and working hard in rehearsal
- Diligence in learning music and completing any assignments at home
- Being encouraging and patient with others in the choir
- Cooperating with the director and other leaders
- Keeping hands to yourself and using appropriate singing voices (i.e. Not engaging in disruptive or distracting behavior)
- Behaving and dressing modestly
- Treating the church’s property with the utmost care and respect
- Cleaning up after yourself and your choir after rehearsal
- Any singer who does not adhere to these standards will be corrected and warned.
- If there is another occurrence, parents will be contacted that day.
- If the problem continues, the singer will lose the privilege of being in the choir.
*Any student who is physically aggressive toward a fellow member or adult will be removed from the choir.
The underlying purpose of our choir program and the root and sum of behavioral expectations can be found in 1 Corinthians 10: 31 “Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”