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MUSIC CLASSES

~ Vision ~

Music classes and private instruction lessons are offered at Peachtree Learning Center in order to encourage students to steward the God-given gift of music, to educate students in the fundamentals of music theory, appreciation, and expression, and to inspire students to develop their personal musical talents and musicianship skills.  

We encourage students to steward the God-given gift of music by teaching music from a Biblical perspective and by modeling stewardship as we teach and engage with students in the classroom setting and in private instruction.  

We educate students by being intentional in our approach to music education and by incorporating the standards set forth by the Tennessee Board of Education and other experts in the field.  As we infuse a unique theme each year in our music classes, these standards are diligently incorporated into each class period.   These standards do not, however, dictate our philosophy of music education or our methodology.

We inspire students by introducing them to various genres of music and avenues of musical stewardship and by providing them with the tools needed to cultivate their own forms of musical expression.

-SCHEDULE-

-MONDAY

10:00-11:00 - Music Theory 2

10:00-11:00 - Songwriting & Composing

11:00-12:00 - Ear Training/Charting

12:00-1:00 - Music Theory 1

1:30-2:20 - Bluegrass Ensemble

2:30-3:30 - Mandolin/Rhythm

3:30-4:30 – Strings Class

4:30-5:30 - Improvisation 

-TUESDAY-
9:30-10:30 – Music 1

10:30– 11:30 – Music 2 

12:30-1:30 - Beginning Handbells

1:30-2:30 - Handbells

 2:30pm - 3:30pm - Choir

3:30-4:30 - Musical Theater
 

-THURSDAY-

10:00-11:00 - Elementary Music

-FRIDAY-

9:30am – 10:30am – Music I  
10:30am – 11:30am – Music 2 

- DESCRIPTIONS -

Advanced Handbells

Teacher: Olivia Merritt

This class will be a small group of experienced ringers playing advanced customized arrangements. We will focus on applying advanced techniques to more difficult repertoire, creating a tightly knit ensemble.
**Requirements: must be an experienced ringer and very comfortable reading music.**

Beginning Bells

Teacher: Olivia Merritt

Ages: 8-11

This class is for students who are ready to be in their first handbell choir!  We will begin on hand chimes and eventually move into handbells as the year progresses.  Students will learn the basics of reading music and rhythms, as well as how to play in a group and be part of a musical team.  We will have multiple performance opportunities during the year.  

Bluegrass Ensemble

Teachers: Mario DaSilva & Sarah Merritt

Ages: 9+

led by Mario DaSilva, Sarah Merritt; Focus solely on learning classic Bluegrass songs & techniques in this class for all bluegrass instruments including guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, ukelele, bass, etc.! The ensemble will center around playing as a group, learning tunes by ear as well as with music, and they will be out in the area playing together several times throughout the school year as well as at Peachtree events!

Choir (Jr. High & High School)

Teachers: Jennifer Poore & Jennifer Ledbetter

Ages: 11+

The Bible is filled with over 400 references to singing and more than 50 direct commands to sing. Peachtree believes that our “natural desire to sing” was God-ordained, providing a way for each individual to offer praise and thanksgiving to his or her Creator. With this in mind, the goal of Peachtree’s Chorus is to provide an enjoyable and well-rounded educational approach to the basics of singing an reading music. We pursue this education as a part of pursuing excellence in the stewardship of this special gift from God. Each session will consist of proper vocal preparation which includes: warm-up exercises, agility exercises, and resonance exercises. Music theory will be learned and applied through the selected choral literature. This group will be actively pursuing opportunities to perform and share in our community, and we will also have the opportunity to participate in the MTVA and TNMEA choral and vocal events including (but not limited to): Mid-State Auditions, All-State Auditions, Solo/Ensemble Festival, and regional choral festivals.

Students are required to have approved concert attire for participation in these events. 

Elementary Music

Ages: 5-9

Ear Training/Charting

Teacher: Lucy Knowles

Ages: 12+

Eligibility Requirements: Have studied 1-2 years on an instrument and have a very basic knowledge of music theory with their instrument.

Students will learn to be free of needing sheet music as they train their ears to hear all major/minor intervals, and will learn to identify a song’s harmonics to be able to notate their own music/chord charts.  These are invaluable skills for those wanting to play in church, write original music, show up to a group event & jump in on an instrument, notate rhythmic patterns, or transcribe music by ear from recordings.  Ear training is a valuable tool for all instrument players, allowing you to be able to analyze the music as you hear and be able to pick up and play on a moment’s notice!

Handbells 

Teacher: Olivia Merritt

Ages: 11+

This handbell choir is for students who are already proficient at reading music. The goal is to use handbells instruction as an enhancement to this basic reading ability allowing for a

broadened sense of musicality and rhythmic expression. This group will be actively pursuing opportunities to perform and share in our community. This class can only accommodate 12 students. Students will be accepted in the order of which their registration is received. 

Improvisation 

Teacher: Mario DaSilva

Ages: 12+

Improvisation is the study to provide musicians with practical tools for implementing music theory knowledge to let you create & compose your own licks & flourishes in a variety of musical genres. Take your music to the next level and off the written page!

Music I 

Ages: 5-8yrs.

Teacher: Lucy Knowles

Music I will begin laying the foundation for music education of the young music student.  Each week our exploration of music will include interactive games, exposure to music from different genres, a beginning look at aspects of music theory, singing, and learning new songs.  Emphasis of making music for the glory of our God – giving back to Him the gifts He has given to us.

Music II 

Ages: 8-11

Teacher: Lucy Knowles

The foundation of Music I will be built upon in a more structured, technical way in Music II. We will spend time learning what it means to sing as a chorus, as well as working more on original composition, understanding multiple facets of music theory, and learning about different genres and artists through music appreciation.  Students will be encouraged to tap into their own musical gifting and explore different ways of using that to glorify God

Musical Theater

Teacher: Olivia Merritt

Ages: 12 & up

Dive into the world of Broadway as we learn the artistry of musical theater and study its rich history.  Students will learn to blend the worlds of acting and singing as they work on solo pieces and scenes as well as group numbers.  We will study the writing of different composers and analyze the techniques of some of the greats.  Students will have at least two opportunityes to perform during the year. 

Music Theory 1 

Teacher: Mario DaSilva

Ages: 9+

Music Theory is the study of the structures of music, including intervals, studying the elements of harmonies & melodies, time & key signatures, chords, triads, modalities, and notation. This class will cover much of these concepts and incorporate some ear training exercises as well!

Music Theory 2 

Teacher: Mario DaSilva

Ages: 11+

Music Theory 2 is a continuation of the progress made in Music Theory 1.

Prerequisite: Must have taken Music Theory 1

Rhythm/Mandolin Class

Teacher: Sarah Merritt & Jesse Atkinson

Ages: 9+

Eligibility Requirements: Currently taking private lessons.

Time: Mondays 4:30-5:30pm

This class is designed to be focused on the techniques and ensemble skills of mandolinists, guitarists, and bassists. Students will learn melodies, harmonies, chord structures/charts, and grooves of many different genres. There will be discussion on stage presence and performance skills. There will be specific things to practice at home each week, and there will be several performance opportunities throughout the year. This new ensemble will be ready to play on their own, as well as collaborate with the older Strings Class and possibly other small ensembles put together for different show opportunities. We are open to all students of mandolin, guitar, or bass guitar!

Songwriting

Teacher: Lucy Knowles

Ages: 12+

Learn what makes a great song (and how you can write one!) as we study form, rhyme, meter, and setting lyrics to music. Students will be equipped and encouraged as they analyze great songs, collaborate, and share their work with each other in a fun and inspiring setting. This class will culminate in a Songwriter’s Night, where students will get to perform their original songs.
NOTE: Students are encouraged to take Ear Training/Charting in tandem with this class to develop a well-rounded skillset. 

Strings Class

Teacher: Sarah Merritt

Ages: 9+

Eligibility Requirements: Have studied your instrument for at least one year and are currently taking private lessons.
   As a string player, ensemble playing is a key way of sharing your music with others, and can be a great source of inspiration. This is the “team sport” of music. Each person in an ensemble is vital to the group. We will learn teamwork and meld as a class as well as learn how your skills can be used on the stage. I believe that the pursuit of excellence in music is a powerful tool in the Kingdom of God that can give the young and old alike a platform for spreading the Gospel. One path on your pursuit of musical excellence is to advance technically, but the other path is to know how to jump into a praise team, bluegrass band, collaborate with a singer/songwriter, or jam with a friend at a coffee shop.  Dovetailing with Peachtree’s vision of “Redeeming the Arts for the Glory of God”, together we will explore what it means to be excellent in our craft. We will pursue the potential, not just the next step. The students will be expected to individually practice the material covered in class, and we will have several performances a year. There will be a range of abilities in the class, but each student will be challenged individually.
The Peachtree Strings Class will be taught from a combination of teaching styles. We will springboard from Suzuki material to learn a variety of music, including fiddle, classical, and orchestral. Instruments welcome: violins, violas, & cellos. 
NOTE: We will be hosting a series of special skill workshops, and students in this class will receive significant discounts to these.