Music Lessons

Costs

Four 30-minute music lessons per month = $95.00
$23.75 for each 30-minute music lesson in the summer semester (or during the pandemic)*
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
Please be mindful of the registration fees for the fall and spring semesters ($25 each)
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. Music lessons are held on our campus unless otherwise stated.

*During the summer (and pandemic) period, students must let instructors know at least 24 hours prior to lesson time if they will be absent. Otherwise, the student is charged for the lesson.


Piano

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.

Madeline Branham
Madeline Branham teaches introductory piano applied lessons in which students will learn proper technique and musicality by refining skills on the most foundational instrument. Lessons will include beginner music theory and lots of piano exploration. If requested, students may also learn scales and arpeggios as well as chord to play with chord charts. Students will use the Faber & Faber Piano Adventures book 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.

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.).

Christopher Sims
Christopher Sims teaches piano and playing by ear for ages 3 and up. He caters the curriculum to the passions of each student so materials vary individually.

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.).


Strings

Carson Branham
Carson Branham’s guitar lessons instruct students in the foundational techniques and skills of guitar, including care and maintenance. Students will learn chord structures, strumming patterns, picking patterns, and much more. Lessons are student-centered so students can choose what music to play. Carson also teaches bass guitar where students will learn the notes of the bass, tab reading, and rhythmic exploration. Guitar students will be required to download or print the free PDF “Gibson Learn and Master Guitar Lesson Book”. Bass guitar students will be required to purchase “Hal Leonard’s Electric Bass Method – Complete Edition” book. Supplemental materials may be purchased based on the needs and interests of the student. Carson teaches in the genres of CCM, worship, rock, country, and pop.

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.

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.

Matt McGee
More information coming soon!


Brass

Monica Morgan
More information coming soon!


Percussion

Brian Cripe
Not available at this time.


Voice

Madeline Branham
Madeline Branham teaches voice applied lessons in which students may guide how they learn according to stylistic interests. Students will focus on singing healthfully by engaging in breath support and resonators. Students will also work to be expressive and engaging singers who tell a story with the music they make. Madeline instructs in classical, bel canto style singing but can also teach musical theatre or contemporary music as requested. Students will obtain sheet music and/or repertoire books based on student goals and interests. This can be updated each semester.

Todd Geer
More information coming soon!

Christopher Sims
Christopher Sims teaches classical voice. He caters the curriculum to the passions of each student so materials vary individually.


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).