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Welcome to FAC’s School of Music

Thanks for your interest in the FAC School of Music! Information on music lessons is available below including instruments, instructors, rates, schedules, studio policy, and payment options.

Lessons are in-person at FAC Deerfoot (12345 40 St SE). If you’re interested in online lessons, please contact us directly. For more information or if you have any questions, please email schoolofmusic@faccalgary.com.

Fall / Winter Calendar

Fall Term 2022

Monday, 10 weeks  |  Tuesday-Saturday, 11 weeks

  • Saturday, December 10 – last day of lessons
  • Christmas Recital – Sunday, December 11, 4:00 pm, FAC Deerfoot Auditorium

For inquiries about lesson availability, please contact us directly.

Winter Term 2023

Monday-Saturday, 10 weeks

  • Monday, January 9 – lessons begin
  • February 16-22 – no lessons
  • Saturday, March 25 – last day of lessons

Spring Term 2023

Monday, 9 weeks  |  Tuesday-Saturday, 10 weeks

  • Monday, April 3 – lessons begin
  • Easter Monday (April 10) – no Monday lessons
  • May 18-24 – no lessons
  • Thursday, June 15 – last day of lessons
  • Friday, June 16 – Spring Recital

Faculty & Pricing

*NEW* Playback Engineering Course with Odum Abekah
Take your live performances to the next level! (Group setting)

From playing in groups and ensembles to opening with friends for k.d. Lang, Odum’s supportive and knowledgeable nature make him a sought-after performer and sideman. Odum Abekah is a multi-instrumentalist from Fredericton, NB. His love for music was fostered at an early age and grew substantially in high school, where his interests led him to graduate from Humber College (’18) and Mount Allison University (’13). Now living in Calgary, Odum is a YYCMA Nominated Artist/Winning Producer, GMA Nominated Songwriter, Music Director/Educator and works remotely on musical projects with friends and artists alike (Qwinn, Kara Joy, Biispo, Nick Katz).  Odum has served at FAC Calgary as Musical Director since 2018, and is the lead producer of FAC Music EP/Single projects and original content.

Playback Engineering is the key in creating engaging contemporary live shows, using the same technology as churches like Elevation and Bethel to touring artists like Tate McRae and Harry Styles. Odum will teach you how to create playback sessions, execute/troubleshoot and be an invaluable asset to your worship team, band or musical act. *Lessons require a computer (PC or Mac) and a copy of Ableton Live Standard or above; download a 3-month trial of the full program.

  • Students: all skill levels welcome!
  • Lesson Schedule: 5-week course Saturdays, 10:30-12:00 pm, starting October 1
  • Cost: $537.50 for full course (group setting)

*NEW* Heather Schienbein – $32.50 per 30 minutes
Flute (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
& Piano (Beginner, Intermediate)

Heather is passionate about teaching music and has taught piano and flute for 25 years. She received a Bachelor of Music with Distinction in Flute Performance from McGill University, and completed a Master of Music in Flute Performance, as well as a Performer’s Diploma, from Indiana University.  During her time at Indiana, she taught as an Assistant Instructor of Flute for the University. Recently she taught piano and flute for several years at Glenmore Christian Academy. In addition to teaching, Heather plays both flute and piccolo with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra having started over 20 years ago.

  • Flute Student Age Range: 9 years+ (must be able to hold a flute comfortably, with a straight or curved head joint)
  • Piano Student Age Range: 5 years+
  • Lesson Schedule: Mondays 4:30-7:00 pm
  • Focus: Teaching students to have fun playing, love music, and gain confidence while improving their technique and sound.

Tony Balakas – $27.50 per 30 minutes
Drums (Beginner, Intermediate)

Tony started playing drums at age 10 and shortly after was playing on worship teams at the old FAC campus.  He went on to study at Musician’s Institute in Los Angeles and has played and recorded professionally with numerous bands and artists in Western Canada. Tony enjoys teaching students the foundational skills and styles of drumming to develop them for band and studio settings.

  • Student Age Range: 5 years and older
  • Lesson Schedule: Tuesdays, 4:30-7:00 pm
  • Focus: Working with students to develop their own playing style across many genres and teaching skills to play in band or studio settings

Bethanie Klob – $28.50 per 30 min.
Piano (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced; theory as requested)

Bethanie has taught piano for 25 years. She has her ARCT in piano pedagogy from the Royal Conservatory of Canada as well as a BA in Christian Education with a focus on piano. She has taught piano at Kingswood University and privately as well. She enjoys teaching people classically-based music as well as worship stylings for church playing. She has enjoyed playing for several choirs and has been a collaborative pianist for the Calgary Girls’ Choir and the FAC choir.

  • Student Age Range: 5 years and older
  • Lesson Schedule:
    • Mondays 10:00 am-12:00 pm, 4:30-9:00 pm
    • Tuesdays 5:30-8:30 pm
    • Thursdays 9:00-11:30 am, 4:30-8:00 pm
  • Focus: Worship playing (chord charts, playing by ear, improvisation) and advanced classical instruction.

Jayne Luy – $27.50 per 30 min.
Piano (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced; theory as requested)

Jayne has been a church musician from a young age, and worship music has been the most consistent and beloved component of Jayne’s life as a musician. Classical piano, worship music, and jazz piano are Jayne’s three main focuses. Jayne feels that music teaching is so much more than just getting a student to read notes and rhythms. The ‘why’ and ‘how’ of music are very important to her and she enjoys relating to each student’s unique understanding, whatever their level. Formally trained to the Masters’ level in classical piano performance, Jayne is a Fellow of the Royal Schools of Music (F.R.S.M.), United Kingdom, and a registered music teacher (R.M.T.) with the Alberta board, ARMTA, as well as the Royal Conservatory of Music, Canada. Jayne’s current musical profile includes serving in music at several Calgary area churches, and she song writes for and plays in Calgary’s contemporary Christian band, Hope’s Creed, as well as in the new jazz trio, Tuesday in Blue.

  • Student Age Range: 6 years and older
  • Lesson Schedule:
    • Tuesdays 4:00-8:30 pm
    • Thursdays 11:00-1:00 pm
  • Focus: The pillars of successful and life-enriching music learning are the building of friendship and understanding, as well as competent teaching.

Olivia Whitaker – $26.50 per 30 min.
Piano (Beginner, Intermediate)

Olivia Whitaker graduated from the University of Lethbridge in 2019 and obtained a Bachelor of Music degree, majoring in classical piano performance. She was raised in a family of self-taught musicians and began to sing and play the piano in her family’s band at the age of 11. Throughout her teenage years, she enjoyed playing many different genres including gospel, blues, country, and rock. Her love for classical music began later on when she was introduced to the repertoire of Frédéric Chopin and J.S. Bach. She quickly became interested in pursuing the piano in a professional capacity and began studying advanced theory, music history, and performance in both classical and jazz styles. Currently, she is actively performing in various capacities and is excited to be teaching for the 4th year through the FAC School of Music.

  • Student Age Range: 6 years and older
  • Lesson Schedule: Thursdays 5:00-8:30 pm
  • Focus: To provide a well-rounded musical education with a stylistic approach that best suits the student’s interest.

Josh Rau – $27.50 per 30 min.
Guitar & Ukulele (Classical, Acoustic, Electric, Bass – Beginner & Intermediate; Ukulele – Beginner)

Josh began playing guitar at age 13 and started performing by age 16. In addition to leading worship teams, he has played in a variety of bands over the years. As a producer and engineer, he has worked on projects with classical performers and rock artists. In 2015 he graduated from Ambrose University with a Bachelor of Music (BMus, cum laude) focusing on classical guitar. Although Josh also loves bass guitar and ukulele, his first love is still electric guitar. A love of music can flourish at any age and Josh is excited to work with you toward reaching your goals.

  • Student Age Range: 5 years and older
  • Lesson Schedule:
    • Mondays 4:30-8:30 pm
    • Tuesdays 4:30-8:30 pm
    • Thursdays 4:30-6:30 pm
  • Focus: Technique and musicality for musicians of all genres.

Grace Young-Travis – $22.50 per 30 min.
Voice (Beginner, Intermediate)

Grace graduated from Kingswood University in New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in ministry, focusing on worship leading. She comes from a musical family and began singing and performing at a very young age. She has been a part of several choirs, worship groups, and bands throughout the years, developing an ear for harmony and vocal technique. After graduating from Kingswood in 2017, Grace began working at First Alliance Church as a music associate, focusing on work with vocalists and choir, and actively leading worship for weekend services. Grace is passionate about working with vocalists to develop their skills and pursue the joy of singing.

  • Student Age Range: 5 years and older
  • Lesson Schedule: Tuesdays 4:30-8:30 pm
  • Focus: To provide an engaging, fun, and educational singing experience for any musical interest or style.

For further information or if you have questions about faculty, lesson schedules, instruments, or pricing beyond what’s provided here, please contact us directly: schoolofmusic@faccalgary.com.

School of Music fall 2022 registration is now open:

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Studio Policy

Welcome to the FAC School of Music! Thank you for choosing us to help you explore and enhance your musical abilities and gifts. Below is some information you need to know, so please read it carefully.

  • Please know that you’re always welcome to sit in for any of your student’s lessons. This let’s  you observe first-hand your student and their instructor in action and may enable you to better support your student as they practice at home. This, however, is not a time for prolonged conversation with the instructor. If there is an issue you wish to discuss, please make arrangements to do this outside of the lesson as this time is precious. In rooms where there is no clear visual access, the room door will be left slightly ajar if possible and/or unlocked. Sometimes, noise bleed either into the room or from the room makes this impractical but instructors will do this whenever they can.
  • Schedule: Lessons will be scheduled in 3 terms throughout the year running from September to June. For specific dates, please see the general calendar. All lessons take place at the Deerfoot Campus of First Alliance Church, 12345 40 Street SE, Calgary. Our preference is for in-person lessons but if you’d like to chat about online options, please contact schoolofmusic@faccalgary.com.
  • Attendance: For the sake of consistency, we encourage students to attend all lessons (illness aside) but sometimes that’s not possible. If a student must miss a lesson, the parent must inform the instructor at least 24 hours in advance. The instructor will do their best to reschedule lessons up to a maximum of 3 times per year, time permitting.
  • If the instructor misses a lesson, the student will be notified by the instructor and the lesson rescheduled.
  • Students are expected to arrive promptly. Lessons will not be extended past their scheduled time to compensate for late arrivals.
  • Cancellation: If a student must end lessons during the year, we require written notification from the parent and 30 days paid notice.
  • Recitals will take place twice a year. All students are expected to participate in these. There will be no additional charge for recitals. The dates of the recitals are listed on the FAC School of Music calendar.

Payment Options

There are a couple of options in regard to making payments:

  • Post-dated cheques, dated the first of each month, made payable to “First Alliance Church”; these are due before the term begins.
  • Payment by debit or credit card for the full term payable by the beginning of each term.

In addition to lesson fees, an annual, non-refundable fee is required at the time of registration to help offset recital costs and other administrative expenses. This will be $75 if you sign up for a full year of lessons or $100 if you sign up for 1 term.

Please get in touch if you have any comments or concerns! Email: schoolofmusic@faccalgary.com.

School of Music fall 2022 registration is now open:

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