St. Francis Music Center Lessons

LESSONS


Lesson Price
- 1/2 hour private lesson $15 = $180 quarter
- 1 hour private lesson $28 = $336 quarter

Music Therapy Price
- 1/2 hour session $16
- 1 hour session $30

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.

ACCORDION CLUB


Accordion players are welcome to enjoy playing together in a group.  Players will learn the basics of playing together.  Led by Kevin Stueven, this group will meet weekly.  Please call the office for dates and times.  You do not have to be a student of the Music Center to participate but you do need to have an accordion and basic skills on the instrument.

DRUMMING CLUB


The Music Center has a new musical offering for all area students who are in middle and high school.  Drumming Club is open to all who are interested in percussion, no experience is necessary.  Students will experience playing a variety of percussion instruments while learning rhythms and beats.  This club will take percussion to a new level while exploring rhythms from all genres of music and cultures from around the world.  A wide variety of percussive instruments will be used including found objects such as buckets and pots and pans!

The club is free to all thanks to a grant from Catholic Health Initiatives. For information on days and times or to sign up, please contact the office.

St. Francis Music Center Piano
St. Francis Music Center Piano
St. Francis Music Center Guitar & Drums
St. Francis Music Center Guitar Lessons
St. Francis Music Center Instruments

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
St. Francis Music Center Violin
St. Francis Music Center URock
St. Francis Music Center Voice

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.  David Gouker has been playing the French horn for the past 57 years.  He holds a B.A. in music and philosophy from Valparaiso University, and M.A. in music history from the University of Minnesota and MLS in library science from the University of Minnesota.  He worked in public, academic and network libraries for more than 40 years.  His wide music background includes orchestras, church groups and chamber ensembles in Pennsylvania, Indiana, Minnesota, Iowa and California.

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. 

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!

MUSIC THERAPY


Music therapy is the prescribed use of music and musical interventions in order to restore, maintain, and improve emotional, physical, physiological, and spiritual health and well-being. Music is the primary therapeutic tool. Using music to establish a trusting relationship, the music therapist then works to improve the student’s physical and mental functioning through carefully structured activities. Examples can include singing, listening, playing instruments, composition, moving to music, and music and imagery exercises. You do not need to know anything about music to benefit from music therapy. Our music therapists work with a wide variety of people including children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly with mental health needs, developmental and learning disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease and other aging related conditions, substance abuse problems, brain injuries, physical disabilities, and acute and chronic pain. Healthy individuals can use music for stress reduction via active music making, such as drumming, as well as passive listening for relaxation. Music is often a vital support for physical exercise. Music therapy can also be used to assist labor and delivery. Music therapy groups can help with the grieving process or with life changes.

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 7 and 8, 2017.

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; Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union; 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.