Now all aspiring musicians in grades 5-8 attending area Lutheran schools have the opportunity to develop their musical talents. The Schmeeckle Foundation has awarded MLHS $20,000 to purchase band instruments for elementary students on which to learn. The MLHS “Play It Again” Golf Benefit raised $5,000 to provide scholarships for elementary band lessons. Free instruments and lesson scholarships now makes music learning affordable for all!
“Congratulations! Your request for $20,000 for your ‘Making Music with Children’ project has been approved. We appreciate your commitment to fine arts. Music is not only important as an art, but as a means of building self-esteem in our youth. We hope that your students will share their talents, particularly with our elderly population.” -the Schmeeckle Foundation July 16, 2019 Grant Award Letter to MLHS
Learning music and developing talents builds confidence in young children that enhances their learning capabilities in many other areas. It is proven that music helps students with ADHD and other learning problems. "Musical training creates new brain connections in children. Taking music lessons increases brain fiber connections in children and may be useful in treating autism and attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). "-Source: Radiological Society of North America, November 21, 2016."
On the 2012 SAT, students who participated in music scored an average of 31 points above average in reading, 23 points above average in math, and 31 points above average in writing. "-Source: “College Board SAT, 2012 College-Bound Seniors: Total Group Profile Report.”
Parents Magazine documents how learning music helps your child's development. Read the full articlehere.
For all Lutheran students grades 5-8 in Northrop, Truman, and Fairmont
Free Instrument rentals
Scholarships for lessons
Private and group lessons at your Lutheran elementary school
Monthly group rehearsals at MLHS
Concerts combined with musicians from all elementary schools and MLHS
Enhance appreciation of many music styles
Discover and develop talents
Gain a sense of accomplishment and performance
View music as a gift from God and an integral part of worship
A 2012 graduate of Concordia University Chicago, Director Lisa Carnehl also has a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Glasgow in Scotland. She has toured the globe playing oboe and continues to be an active member of music groups in Fairmont.
An accomplished musician, Lisa plays several instruments including oboe, flute, clarinet, percussion, and guitar.
Lisa, her husband Rev. Adam Carnehl and daughter Gwen are members at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Fairmont.
Bringing fresh ideas to the program, Lisa will give private and group lessons on a weekly basis in the Lutheran elementary schools. Once a month, all three elementary band groups will come together as a full ensemble at MLHS, creating a community of music that stretches beyond the individual schools. Her goal is to instill a love for music and give young musicians the skills that will prepare them for performances as teens and adults.
As students advance to Martin Luther High School, they will continue to develop their talents under Lisa’s guidance in both band and choir. The MLHS Music Department presents three concerts a year and performs at school events and throughout the community. Pep band plays at Jaguars athletic events. Musicians compete and perform on the Sub-section level under the MSHSL.
Lisa hopes to teach students about the gifts God has given them through music. While this will be the first time Lisa has been a music teacher, she brings with her teaching experience a life-long passion for choir and band and an understanding that music is both a gift from God and a means for us to praise Him. She is excited to share her passion for music with the students and to hear them lift their voices and instruments to the Lord!