Mariners Institute for the Arts

The primary years are an exciting time for young musicians at the Mariners Institute for the Arts! General Music classes are held on a six day rotation and offer a wide range of experiences including creating and performing music. Students create original works through improvisation and composition. They also perform collaboratively and individually – both vocally and with percussion instruments. Art music, folk music, and newly composed music create a rich repertoire collection that students use to learn musical notation and critical listening. These skills are developed and assessed following the National Core Arts Standards.

In fourth and fifth grade students participate in one of three ensemble tracks: Choir, Band, or Orchestra. These classes are offered at the beginning and intermediate level, and include instruction in music literacy, playing technique, and ensemble skills. All classes also include performance opportunities throughout the year. This is a two-year commitment which allows all students to achieve musical proficiency in their discipline.

The theme for the MCS Visual Art Program this year is “Your Life Is a Work Of Art”. It is our belief at MCS that each child is made in God’s image, and therefore, has a seed of creativity within them. The intent of the art program is to not only foster the growth of this creativity, but to explore the conversation that our very lives are a work of art with our students. Our art program will instill confidence through age appropriate projects that encourage self-expression, self-direction, multiple outcomes, and risk taking. An appreciation for the arts is fostered both in their own work and that of others so they can recognize that their creativity is a gift. Students become visually literate through learning an artistic vernacular that includes the elements of art. Various artists and styles will be discussed and new techniques explored so that students are comfortable in a variety of media. Students will discover the joy and wonder of creative expression, as well as to fully embrace the process and not just the product. Visual Art is offered to elementary students in grades K-5.

THE MIDDLE SCHOOL CINEMATIC ARTS PROGRAM offers the following in three stages available to all middle school students:

Cinematic Arts I: The Cinematics
Can you laugh? Yes. Can you cry? Yes. Can you talk? No! Can you whisper, “Pass the popcorn?” YES! We all love going to the movies! This one-year class will teach students the investigative skills they need to examine their own experience as audience members with a wide variety of films and give them a set of “tools” for discussing their reactions.
There is no prerequisite for this class.

Cinematic Arts II: Storytellers
What similarities are there in Roald Dahl, L. Frank Baum and J.K. Rowling? They are storytellers. It all begins with a story. Before any film can become a marvel, you need words on a page, you need characters drawn and it all starts with an idea. This one-year class teaches students how to create the kinds of stories that will excite others and allow you to envision these stories as real projects for film. This class continues to look at pivotal films that helped shape Cinema history. This class will help you in honing your narrative skills. You will learn to write short stories that will be transformed into film screenplays.
Prerequisite: You must pass a full year of Cinematic Arts I: The Cinematics or have instructor approval for advancement into the program.

Cinematic Arts III: Directors
Ever dream about being at your very own film premiere with family, friends, and the general public? This one-year class will allow you to apply all that you learned in Cinematic Arts I & II to create your very own short film. You will learn how to direct and create your film using cinematic cameras and top-notch sound equipment in a studio to record, edit and release to the general public. This short film will be featured at MCS’ first ever Cinematic Arts Film Festival in 2019. Not only will you have your own red-carpet film premiere at MCS but may possibly have the chance to be entered into the Newport Beach Film Festival.
Prerequisite: You must pass a full year of Cinematic Arts I & II or have instructor approval for advancement into the program.

Note: Depending on class sizes, there may be opportunities for field trips to Disneyland and Universal Studios for educational workshops


  • 6TH GRADE BAND OR ORCHESTRA (for students who have studied an instrument for 1-2 years). Students are instructed in music theory, rhythmic counting, development of excellent tone and technique and we explore a wide variety of literature from various musical time periods and start developing confidence in using their musical talents to glorify God.
  • COMBINED 7TH/8TH GRADE BAND OR ORCHESTRA (for students who have studied a musical instrument for 3+ years). Band and Orchestra students are instructed in advanced musical techniques as well as preparing students to use their gifts in a worship setting and to contribute to their development as mature, able, and responsible Christians to the praise and glory of God.
  • THE MIDDLE SCHOOL MUSICAL is an after school program for auditioned members (and is 100% student led by the technical arts crew) and requires a commitment for rehearsals. Performances are held in May.  Look for more details forthcoming.
  • The 7th/8th GRADE WORSHIP ELECTIVE offers students the ability to identify the framework of worship as set forth in the Old and New Testaments and apply the principles to contemporary worship. Students will synthesize the elements of worship preserved in the various traditions of the past with today’s contemporary worship, understand the foundations of their own worship styles while applying the biblical mandates in a modern society, and create their own personal philosophy and theology of worship with scriptural underpinnings. Goals will be met through practical application. Students use their musical gifts (vocal and instrumental) to practice worship song charts in preparation for Monday morning chapel services at MCS. Students will develop their musical talents and gifts for worship as well as developing leadership skills. Leadership practice is emphasized through the worship elective course as students are given the opportunity to lead their teachers and peers in praise and worship. The worship elective is a great opportunity for students to learn the many facets of being a part of a leadership/worship team. The Worship Elective currently includes vocalists, acoustic and electric guitar/bass, drums and keyboard but all instrumentalists are welcome.

The 6th-8th Grade Christmas Concert has been scheduled for December 14th in the evening.


6th Grade Art offers an understanding of the various forms, approaches and purposes of art through a curriculum designed around the Elements of Art and Principles of Design. The students will learn styles , techniques and a variety of medium. This class will introduce the student to the beauty and wonder of art. We will also understand that we, who are made in God’s image, can also be creative.

7th and 8th Grade Art Electives: Students will experiment with various types of media while creating original works of art. Electives are ever changing in order to provide new experiences for some, and an opportunity for a more in-depth study for others. Students will be led to process the concept of “living their lives as works of art”.


The 6th Grade Theater Arts Elective provides a great way for students to dip their feet into the world of drama! Students will learn the basics of theater arts including stage directions, basic terminology and the importance of voice and body through the use of engaging lessons and interactive games and practice. This course offers an understanding and practice of character development in order to better individual skills while becoming a character in a scene. Students demonstrate these skills at the end of the course through improvisation of scenes and performing monologues that represent a culmination of what the students have developed over the semester.

Please make sure and check your weekly E-Newsletter as well as the calendar for all performance dates. If you have questions, please email the appropriate staff member listed below.

We are HIS 2018-2019

Mariners Institute for the Arts Staff,                                  

Mariners Institute of the Arts Director: Miss Jamie Kruse 
Orchestra Teacher/Director – Mr. Jiyoung Um
Band and Worship – Mr. Christopher Lucas
Elementary General Music Teacher – Mr. Christian Lucas
Musical Theater and Drama Teacher/Director: Ms. Sara Lunsford