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History of the Arts

Grades 9 - 12
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2021-08-10 - 2022-05-10
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Thu: 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

Cost: $375 / Annual
Supplies: $0
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About the Course
History of the Arts

History of the Arts. I know. The name of the class makes it sound a bit boring, but it’s not! You see, ideas have consequences! In every historical period, the ideas of that period reveal themselves in culture- in art, music, literature, and politics. As Mrs. Erickson teaches world history, we will analyze the worldviews of those time periods and see how those worldviews appeared in the arts. As students see the connections between history and culture, I believe it will make history come even more alive. It will also equip them to identify ideas in the current culture as they learn to ask the two big questions: “What does this culture believe about God?” “What does this culture believe about man?”

Primarily through studying major works in art and music, students will identify how the ideas of the times show up in art and music. (We will approach art with modesty in mind.) Students will recognize major composers and artists and their works by the end!

As Carol Reynolds says, “By experiencing the arts of a particular time and place, students are better able to understand what happened – the social and political forces as well as the daily life of historical figures."

I will be using content from David Quine’s “Classical Composers and the Christian Worldview”, and his “Adventures in Art”,  Carol Reynolds “Discovering Music: 300 Years of Interaction in Western Music, Arts, History, and Culture”, Francis Schaeffer’s “How Should We Then Live”, and Nancy Pearcy’s “Saving Leonardo”.

Students will need a way to access music links online. 

This class fulfills two high school fine arts credits, which is the reason for the boring course name. It fits nicely on a transcript and is universally understood! It can be taken separately from the World History class.

Please let me know if you have any questions!


Debbie Griffin



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About Debbie

Hi! I'm Debbie Griffin and I love all things music! I graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in K-12 Music Education, with a focus on general music, choral music, and piano pedagogy. I also did post-graduate studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where I met my husband Rick, who is a pastor. I've taught music in various capacities over the years, including general music, choirs, private piano, and I've led both school and church productions. I really enjoy accompanying and assisting with worship teams. I'm a veteran homeschool mom of five children, four of whom have graduated, so I cheer on all of you homeschool moms!

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