Ring Praise (Handchime Choir) is a key part of the overall music curriculum at St. Matthew’s. The objective of Ring Praise is to provide students with a unique opportunity to learn and perform music. Ring Praise is one of the three music electives for upper grade (5-8) students. At St. Matthew’s, each student in the upper grades is required to select at least one music performance elective (Band, Choir, or Chimes). Research tells us that participation in music improves a child’s overall intellectual development, and it corresponds to higher grades and better test scores. Music also teaches critical life skills that are important in today’s workforce: self-discipline, teamwork, problem solving skills, and self-expression.
There are several regularly scheduled performance opportunities for Ring Praise members, which include participation in church worship services and at our school winter and spring band concerts. Ring Praise meets with the director twice each week during the school day for approximately 40 minutes.