Academy of Visual and Performing Arts

Course Offerings and Descriptions

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

Music Courses

Private Music Lessons:

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 check our FACULTY PAGE.

Youth Chorus:

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.

Chamber Music/Instrumental Ensemble:

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.

Guitar (Group Lessons):

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)

Ukulele (Group Lessons):

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.

Garage Band (Group Lessons):

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