St. Francis Music Center Lessons

LESSONS


Lesson Price
- 1/2 hour private lesson $16 = $192 quarter
- 1 hour private lesson $29 = $348 quarter

Music Therapy Price
- 1/2 hour session $18
- 1 hour session $35

WHY STUDY THE ARTS?


Many different studies have proven:

  • children who study the arts show an increase in higher thinking skills, problem solving skills, and motivation to learn

  • children who study the arts score higher on academic achievement tests, including an average 20 points higher on SAT scores

  • the arts teach the value of discipline, teamwork, and the rewards that each can bring

  • people involved in the arts have enhanced empathy for other people and cultures, improved powers of observation and a deeper understanding of the world

PIANO


Private piano lessons are available for students of all ages and abilities. We are prepared to teach beginning students up to the most advanced students. Many adults choose to fulfill that life-long wish to play piano by taking lessons. Students are also encouraged to take part in recitals at the end of each quarter. As students advance, other opportunities are available, including the Keyboard Festival and concerto auditions with the Heartland Symphony Orchestra. Our piano lessons are very comprehensive and include music theory, sight-reading, technique, ear training and performing.

PIANO WITH DR. TURLEY


Intermediate and advanced piano students and teachers have a unique opportunity to study with a true piano artist close to home! Dr. Edward Turley, faculty member at the College of St. Benedict / St. John's University will teach lessons here every other Monday evening.

ORGAN


Church and recreational organ lessons are available to students of all ages and skill levels. Our advanced students are in great demand to play at local church services, weddings and funerals.

BAND INSTRUMENTS & PERCUSSION


Private lessons on all band instruments are available to students of all ages and abilities. School band students benefit greatly by private one-on-one lessons and often move ahead more quickly in band. Beginning students are given more options as to the instruments they would like to play (including drums) when they take private lessons. Advanced students who want to continue playing in college also benefit from private lessons.

GUITAR & BASS GUITAR


Have you dreams of playing in a rock band or playing folk songs and singing around the campfire? Private lessons are available to people of all ages on acoustic, electric or bass guitar. You can choose to study classical, rock, jazz or country music. All students will receive a strong fundamental background on guitar that will allow them to grow into strong musicians, whatever the final goal. Lessons are also available on banjo, mandolin and ukulele.

VIOLIN, CELLO, VIOLA & STRING BASS


We offer private violin, cello, viola, and string bass lessons at the Music Center. Our outstanding teachers are able to teach all levels, from beginning to advanced. The area schools do not have orchestra or string programs, so this is an opportunity for students who desire to play a stringed instrument to have high quality instruction.

VOICE


Private voice lessons give you the opportunity to develop your voice to its full potential. You will develop a fundamental understanding of the voice and useful singing and speaking techniques. Problems of breathing, body alignment, tone production, tension and diction will be addressed with specific exercises. Singers, speakers and actors are welcome!

St. Francis Music Center Piano
St. Francis Music Center Piano
St. Francis Music Center Guitar & Drums
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Music Store

Music and supplies can be purchased at the Music Center. The office carries music for all instruments, guitar strings, music stands, metronomes and other accessories. Music and supplies can also be special ordered.

Instruments
Some instruments can be rented at the Music Center

 


The rental fees are:

Keyboards......................................................................

$15

Guitars.............................................................................

$10

Snare Drum Pack.........................................................

$10

Electric Guitar/Amp...................................................

$15

Violins..............................................................................

$15

Cello.................................................................................

$25

Rental rates are per month, plus tax.


St. Francis Music Center Choir
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St. Francis Music Center URock
St. Francis Music Center Voice

Garage Band Revisited


We never forget the fun of playing in your own garage band, or the dream of being in a garage band.  This session is for those musicians and wanna-be musicians aged 21 plus who want to return to their glory days!  Guitarists, bass guitarists, drummers, keyboards, vocals, and other musicians are needed with a little or a lot of experience.  Sound equipment is provided, bring your guitar, sticks, and love of music!  Headed up by Greg Langlois the group will meet on Thursdays at 7 p.m.  Cost is $75 for 6 weeks.

Bucket List Piano


Is playing piano on your bucket list?  This quick introduction to piano will get you started!  This group piano lesson will focus on learning chords with your left hand and melody with your right, so that in 6 weeks, you will be able to play four or more songs!  Taught by Kathy Pederson this class of 4-5 will meet for 6 weeks for 45 minutes on Wednesdays from 1-1:45 p.m.  Cost is $75 for 6 weeks, including music.  Practice space between lessons is available.

Adult Tap Dance


Tap dancing is a fun style of dance that anyone can learn, regardless of previous dance experience. Benefits of tap dance include increasing cardiovascular conditioning, strength, flexibility and coordination. Tap builds strength in the legs and feet in addition to increasing flexibility in the hips, knees and ankles. Cognitive abilities are also enhanced, as tap dancers must develop both mental and muscle memory to become proficient at tapping. Tap dancing also develops a great sense of rhythm and timing. Tap dance is a solo dance style, you don't need a partner to do it.  Most of all, tap dancing is great fun!

Absolutely no experience is required.  All adults are welcome.  Classes will meet Mondays at 10 a.m. during winter session.  Cost is $75/6 weeks.

BRASS ENSEMBLE


Brass musicians of all ages are invited to join the new Brass Ensemble!  Students with two or more years of playing a brass instrument or adults who played brass in the past and are eager to play again are all welcome! 

The ensemble will be directed by David Gouker. This is an exceptional opportunity for students to have the experience of playing in an all brass ensemble and for adults to refresh their skills! The ensemble is free and open to the public. Please contact the office for information on days and times. 

MUSIC THERAPY


Music therapy is a type of expressive arts therapy that uses music to improve and maintain the physical, psychological, and social well-being of individuals—involves a broad range of activities, such as listening to music, singing, and playing a musical instrument.  Our therapist works with all ages to meet a variety of needs from individuals with mental health needs, disabilities, brain injuries, or stress reduction.

KEYBOARD FESTIVAL


Each year the Music Center hosts a Keyboard Festival for all central Minnesota piano students. Students have an opportunity to perform a memorized piece for a professional clinician who then gives them a short lesson and a written critique. The lesson also serves as a audition for the Honors Concert which is also part of the Festival. Contact the Music Center for registration information. This year's Festival will be April 6 and 7, 2018.

FINANCIAL AID


Financial Aid is offered to families with low incomes or special needs through grants from the Laura Jane Musser Fund; the Minnesota State Arts Board; Five Wings Arts Council; Mille Band of Ojibwe; Pine Country Bank; Morrison County Foundation; and private donations. You may call and request a form or stop into the office.  Financial aid will pay half the cost of the tuition.