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The Sheph​erd's Academy

Private Music Lessons

It is our aim to help students understand the relationship between God and His Word in everything they are learning and doing in the classroomas well as their future careers. This is especially important in the arts. One of the ways our lives reflect God's most powerfully is in the realm of creativity. Just as God created the world, so too do we express our lives and hearts through creativity. One way that this is demonstrated is through the creation of music. Instruments create a variety of sounds which help us to more deeply express our worship and God-given creativity. In addition, musical training before the age of seven has a significant effect on the development of the brain, showing that those who began early had stronger connections between motor regions -- the parts of the brain that help you plan and carry out movements.  Our goal is to assist students in developing their gifts and to provide an opportunity for them to minister to others.

Praise Him with timbrel and dancing; Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe. Psalm 150:4

Piano Instruction

Private instruction in Piano/Piano Performance for Kindergarten through 12th grade students is available.  

Study in tone production, technique, form and style, repertoire and performance practices at each level. Repertoire, 

technique and individual goals related to the student's level of proficiency will be established at the beginning of the semester. Intermittent adjustment of these goals to accommodate an appropriate level of challenge may be necessary during the semester. Representative individual works will be chosen for study from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and 

Contemporary (20th & 21st centuries) periods of music history. Technique, Improvisation and Repertoire teaching and learning objectives are: Technical competence on all major and minor scales and arpeggios (4-octaves, 4-notes to the beat, at 120 metronome marking), and ii6, I 6/4, V7, I cadence chord progression will be required to be achieved by the 

end of the fourth year of study.  Classes begin September of 2020.

Guitar Instruction

This course is designed to provide a musical introduction to playing the acoustic guitar.

Through in-class instruction, individual practice, and playing assignments, the student will

advance in their understanding of music and guitar pedagogy. The weekly objective of the course

is to foster and promote musical growth through the playing of an instrument by the student. They will learn to play basic first-position chords and strum patterns commonly used in accompaniment; play the guitar with fundamentally sound technique, both pick-style and fingerstyle; and read standard musical notation on the guitar in first position.The

student will also learn about instrument care and maintenance (i.e. changing strings, guitar

upkeep, and proper care of the instrument). With experience, the student will be able to play a

variety of chords common to contemporary music, read a “lead sheet” and play single line

melodies. Classes begin September 2020.