Meet Mr. Evan Sanft
God has given all of us talent which we have been instructed to use to the best of our abilities. Music is one of the greatest gifts from God to His people and Martin Luther High School provides the opportunity for students to use this gift to praise and honor Him. Music is truly a universal language, which provides the opportunity to better understand other cultures both past and present. The study of music provides the opportunity to enhance the creativity of the individual, to develop aesthetic sensitivity and self-expression.
The students will:
1. Have the opportunity to use their musical talent to praise and worship God.
2. Learn to appreciate both sacred and secular music that edifies the spirit.
3. Strive for worthy relations and interrelations within the group.
4. Learn to understand the structural elements of music.
The goals in Performing Arts-Music will be achieved through:
1. The sharing and strengthening of their faith with each other in an open environment.
2. The rehearsing and performing of quality literature.
3. Sharing their talents in worship service, tours, concerts and community events.
4. Using quality literature and methodology in order to strengthen ear training, learn music terminology, learn improvisation and develop rhythmic reading skills.
Mr. Evan Sanft, Music Director.
As a music teacher, it is amazing how often I hear the word “can’t.” “I can’t play this.” “I couldn’t practice this week.” (“Couldn’t” is just can’t in the past tense.) A popular meme on the internet is the phrase “I can’t even.” All over I hear certainties of what cannot be done, as though the average pre-teen, teenager or “tween” is capable of knowing the entirety of the future.
I am blessed to be at the point in my career where I am not yet so far removed from the “teenage me” as to have forgotten what my vision of the future was back then (though, I am farther than I would like to admit.) Back when I was the age of being entirely sure of the future, I was going to go to law school. I even thought, “I can’t become a Lutheran school teacher like my parents.”
The Truth is, our churches and schools all work for the same Person, who took an amount of food that, by human logic could not feed more than one person, and used it to feed thousands. God is not limited by our “can’t.” Instead, He calls us to believe that His Will will happen. What is even more exciting is that He chooses to equip us to participate in making His will done throughout the earth.
For our students, this is where Lutheran education comes in. Proverbs 22:6 exhorts us to “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Our job as the Church is to continue Christ’s work of teaching others about His Love and Grace. Our students live in a world dominated by what “can’t” be done. They live in a world that daily tells them that there can’t be any loving God, there can’t be a Creator, and that people can’t come back from the dead. Our job is to equip them with the tools not only to stand firm in the face of such attacks on their faith, but to turn and witness in their words and actions of the God who is beyond our human “can’t.”
As my students grow in their musical abilities, the phrase “I can’t” gradually becomes “I’ll try” as they experience success and gain confidence. This is a gradual and incremental process that sometimes takes until senior year of high school and beyond, but there is no greater joy for me as a teacher than to see the student realize that they “can.” Our schools follow the same gradual process from pre-school all the way through high school and beyond. As we celebrate National Lutheran Schools Week and thank God for providing us with schools at all levels, we also invite you to become part of this process: to train young Christians to spread God’s word.
MLHS Music/Elementary Band Instructor
Here is a sample of the talented musicians at MLHS.