The Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (AVPA) at La Sierra University is committed to providing artistic instruction of the highest quality for students of all levels and ages in the community.  The Academy is devoted to fostering a learning environment that educates, inspires, engages and nurtures students in the development of a lifelong appreciation of the visual and performing arts.

Courses Offered

Below you will find our courses and their descriptions. Some classes require a minimum number of enrolled student in order to be offered.

We offer a wide-range of music lessons in voice, piano, harp, strings, winds, brass, and percussion. Our student teachers are endorsed by their master teacher. For details about our teaching staff please scroll down to meet our faculty.

Please note that you can select a private instructor by the following criteria:

  • La Sierra University Student Teachers are endorsed by their Master Teacher and their music is in progress.

    • 30 Minute Lessons - $25
    • 45 Minute Lessons - $35
    • 60 Minute Lessons - $45

  • La Sierra University Degreed Teachers are endorsed by their Master Teacher and they have a music degree.

    • 30 Minute Lessons - $30
    • 60 Minute Lessons - $55

  • La Sierra University Master Teachers are current La Sierra University Music Faculty.

    • 60 Minute Lesson rates vary - Please inquire

Have a great time singing fun songs with the beloved Ms. Czarina Francisco. Aimed for 3rd to 6th graders, the AVPA Youth Chorus meets once a week on Mondays at 6:15 - 7:30pm. Essentials in music will be taught as part of the program, including note reading, rhythm reading and counting, terminology and many more. Come join us to learn wonderful music and make a lot of friends! Our first session will be on January 12, 2015!

The best part of it all? It's FREE!!

Must have a minimum of four students for class to be offered.

Requirements:

  • Students are required to attend all rehearsals
  • Students will need to plan daily practice time throughout the week to complete the assignments given in the class.

Have a great musical experience learning and performing chamber music with fellow students. This class is a 10-week course designed to educate and challenge students both as individuals and as a group. Music will be provided to all members, whom will meet with a coach once a week on a mutually agreed-upon time. Expect to have guests appearances of master teachers who will give valuable opinion and methods of approach to raise the level of performance. Class limited to five students. Must have a minimum of three students for class to be offered.

Requirements:

  • Students need to own an instrument that they can bring home to practice on.
  • Students will need to plan daily practice time throughout the week to complete the assignments  given in the class.
  • Students must be endorsed by their private instructor to participate in the chamber group/ensemble
  • The Academy and coach reserves the right to assign students to specific chamber groups as they deem appropriate.

$250 with material(s) included

Have fun learning to play the guitar in a small class environment.  This 5-week course will get you started with the basic techniques you will need to begin playing songs for your own pleasure or for continued study for more advanced performance.  The class covers note reading, strumming chords, basic rhythms, and proper hand positions while learning simple songs and melodies. Class limited to eight students. Must have a minimum of three students for class to be offered.

Requirements:

  • The student needs to have a guitar to bring to class and to practice on at home.
  • Students will need to plan daily practice time throughout the week to complete the assignments  given in the class.
  • Students will need to purchase the method book: Hal Leonard Guitar Method - Book 1 (second edition)

$125 Not including book(s)

Even if you’ve never played an instrument before, you can learn to play the Ukulele.  This is a fun 5-week course that will get you started playing the Ukulele, strumming along to your favorite songs.  You will learn about basic rhythm for strumming different rhythmic patterns, while learning several chords to play songs that are covered in the class. Class limited to eight students. Must have a minimum of three students for class to be offered.

Requirements:

  • The student needs to have a ukulele to bring to class and to practice on at home.  The different sizes Soprano, Concert, and Tenor are tuned the same so any of these will be fine.
  • The instructor will give handouts in class to cover the material.

$125 not including book(s)

Learn to work with one of the most popular and fun applications for creating music with a computer. Using the computers and piano keyboards in La Sierra University's Computer Music Lab, we'll go over basic audio and keyboard input and editing. We'll also explore some of GarageBand's hidden power user features and you can even try your hand at being a movie composer and by creating your own soundtrack for a short film. Class limited to ten students. Must have a minimum of three students for class to be offered.

Prerequisites: Basic music reading and basic piano skills

$240 includes lab fee and material(s)