Music Lessons

Costs:

  • Four 30-minute music lessons per month = $90.00* Price for in Fall 2017
  • $21.25 for each 30-minute music lesson in the summer semester (will be increased to $22.50 next summer)
    • Summer tuition will be due for the number of lessons signed up for by the first of each month (June 1, July 1, and August 1)
    • You must let available summer instructors know how many lessons you want to take

The recital at the end of each Fall and Spring semester counts as one lesson.  Music lessons are scheduled by the instructor.  Not all instructors have open slots.  All music lessons require the student to have their own instrument to practice on at home.  Music instructors may require other materials.

Piano

Janice Deal

Janice teaches classical piano for all age levels. She uses the Faber method for beginning students. Students who come with previous piano instruction using a different method will continue in that method while Janice integrates them into her teaching method. Intervallic reading, theory, and note recognition are important aspects of her instruction. Her lessons require the Faber method books as well as a spiral notebook for assignments.

Dr. Nata Dolnik

Dr. Dolnik teaches piano piano lessons with  joy, sharing her knowledge of basic piano techniques and subtleties of music interpretation to help students expand their knowledge and to reach highest levels of excellence in musicianship.  She teaches students of all ages, from children to older adults, to trained soloists that have won several festivals and piano competitions all around the United States.  Dr. Dolnik uses the classical, Russian Method.  As an instructor, she focuses on patience, creativity and innovation, and confidence, and is committed to a high standard and excellent quality of musical education.  Materials vary by student.

Danette Banks

Danette Banks teaches piano in a variety of styles and methods, incorporating kinesthetic, visual, and auditory techniques.  With each student, Danette selects different methods, tailoring her lessons to each student’s learning style.  Once a student’s learning environment and level has been assessed, she works with the student to set short-term and long-term goals for ear-training, sight-reading, performance, theory, and composition.  For early beginners, Danette starts students off with the John W. Schaum book series.  For more experience students, she utilizes the Faber and Faber Adventure series.

Chad Pollard

Chad has specialized in college preparations for high school students.  When teaching beginners or younger intermediate students, Chad teaches using the Hal Leonard teaching method.  His lessons require the Hal Leonard method books.  For advanced students, he instructs using classical and non classical literature.  Chad is also a Worship Pastor and Studio Musician and is able to teach non-traditional keyboarding.

Jan Siler

Jan teaches piano lessons for ages 5 and up.  For those beginning at 5 or 6 years of age, she recommends parents sitting in on lessons and to also help the students practice during the week.  New students are taught basic music reading, such as note names, counting, phrasing, and definitions of music terms.  Jan also places an emphasis on body and finger placement, learning to play musically, and sight reading.  She uses the Faber and Faber Piano Adventure Series for her lesson books.  As students progress, they may also have other solo or technique books (such as Hanon Technic Exercises, easy classics, intermediate piano repertoire, sonatina and sonatas by famous composers, Bach inventions, preludes and fugues, Chopin Nocturnes, etc.).  

Strings

Eduardo Cedeño

Eduardo Cedeño’s string lessons provides individual instruction for violin, viola, cello, and bass.  Emphasis is placed on techniques and styles as well as the exploration and study of appropriate literature.  Eduardo’s students should be able to demonstrate proficiency in the studied skills and repertoire through performance.  Eduardo’s methods and styles are customized to the student’s ability and skills.  However, all students will learn “all the elements of music” as part of their complete education.  All students will be trained on scales, arpeggios, specific techniques according to their level of expertise, and diverse genres of repertoire from different countries and regions such as North America, Austria, Italy, and South America.  Eduardo’s required materials include a string instrument sized to the student and a notebook to track class progress.

Paul Rogers teaches acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, and ukulele in a variety of styles, including jazz, country, rock, pop, classical, and gospel. Paul’s goal is to get students playing the things they love as quickly as possible. His main focus is on teaching fun, enjoyable lessons that also have a lot of content. Paul teaches what he calls the “7 essential skills”: picking, chords, arpeggios, scales, strumming, reading, ear training, and songs. In addition to his focus on the 7 essential skills, Paul uses the G4 Guitar Method, the “Rockschool” exam books, and “Mel Bay” Method books. Students start off in a grade level that depends on their level of experience. Each grade level has a check list that must be completed in order for the student to move up to the next grade. Students should be prepared to bring a folder, a guitar pick, and their instrument for lessons.

Brass

Monica Morgan

More information coming soon!

Percussion

Brian Cripe

More information coming soon!

Voice

Todd Geer

More information coming soon!

Woodwinds

Jan Siler

Jan teaches woodwind lessons for 4th grade and up.  All beginners are taught basic music reading, such as note names, counting, phrasing, and definitions of music terms.  As they progress, students will be given some basic theory and advanced theory.  All of Jan’s students work on correct breathing and breath support, embouchure placement, correct hand position, tone quality, and good practice habits.  Also, work is constantly being done toward learning musicality and how to play pieces musically.  Sight reading is done on a regular basis to help improve these areas.  Jan uses the Belwin Student Instrument Series of books.  For each instrument, there is a basic student book, studies and etudes book, and tunes for technic book.  These books have three levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced intermediate.  As students progress, each is offered scale and etude books and solos for their instrument beyond the Belwin books.  This is done according to ability.  Students will be required to have the appropriate instrument, notebooks, and reeds (if applicable).  

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