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 (limited) Update August 13, 2014

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.

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 skil