Music Lessons


  • Four 30-minute music lessons per month = $95.00
  • $23.75 for each 30-minute music lesson in the summer semester
    • 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.


Danette Banks

Danette Banks hopes to guide and encourage her students to learn and enjoy a musical journey that provides a lifetime of adventure, social interactions, and creativity.  The methods that she will are individualized based on the student’s experience and what direction the student would like to go. Mrs. Banks will select different methods for different kinds of learners.  She enjoys using the Faber Piano Adventures series for students 6 – 12 years old. For teens and adults, she prefers the spiral-bound Adult All-in-One Faber or Alfred series.

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.

Jennifer McQueen

Jennifer offers piano lessons to all ages and abilities.  Students learn to reach music and improvise from a lead sheet.  Jennifer’s methods vary based upon the student’s interests and learning style(s).  She will select the method books for beginning students, and for experienced students, continue with the books already in use.  Students should bring a pencil and these books to each lesson.

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.

Shirley Queen

In her lessons, Mrs. Queen utilizes a variety of piano books, including the Alfred, Bastien, and Faber methods. Sometimes technic and scale books are used along with flashcards and games.  She uses method books that are age appropriate for beginners through advanced students. After the basics have been established, the student will then have the opportunity to learn songs in the style or music genre that interests them, including pop, Disney, Broadway, hymns, and classical.

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.).

Jocelyn Thompson

Jocelyn’s goal for all of her piano students, regardless of the texts used, is to teach all correct technical aspects of playing piano, with emphasis placed on note reading, ear training, sight reading, and music theory concepts.  Beginning students will use a piano method that consists of several different books.  Personal piano series include Bastien, Alfred, and Noona.  There is a basic lesson book, note speller, music theory, technique, and recital book (as well as hymns and popular solos) for each level.  As the student progresses, separate piano literature is gradually introduced along with major and minor scales and arpeggios.  The intermediate to advanced student will be given basic piano literature to study along with continued sight reading, music theory, and technical studies (Cramer, Czerny, Hanon, etc.).  Teaching methods will be geared towards the student’s long range goal (major in piano, hobby, preparation, etc.).


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.

Jennifer McQueen

Jennifer offers beginning ukulele lessons, teaching how to pick melodies and strum chords.  Methods vary based upon the student’s interest and learning style.  Ukulele students need a ukulele (concert style, preferred), extra strings, and an electric/digital tuner.

Darrell Padgett

Darrell Padgett offers guitar lessons for beginners through advanced students in many different styles.  He teaches with chords, scales, and theory.  Darrell specializes in rock and blues music, but also works with country, pop, and praise/worship. His lessons utilize his own materials but students are expected to have their own guitar, pick, and writing utensil.

Paul Rogers

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.



Monica Morgan

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Brian Cripe

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Todd Geer

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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).