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Thank you for your interest in the FAC School of Music! Information on classes for upcoming semesters is available below including instruments and 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.

School of Music Calendar

Spring Term 2022

Monday, 10 weeks  |  Tuesday-Saturday, 11 weeks

  • Monday, March 28 – Lessons begin
  • Easter Monday (April 18) – No lessons (Monday only)
  • Thursday, May 19-Wednesday, May 25 – No lessons
  • Saturday, June 18 – Last day of lessons
  • Summer Recitals – June 18 & 19

Faculty & Pricing

Bethanie Klob – $27.50 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, 6:00-8:30 pm; Tuesdays 6:00-9:00 pm; Thursdays 9:30-11:30 am, 4:30-7:00 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 4:30-8:30 pm; Thursdays 9:30 am-12:30 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 – $25.00 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 3rd year through the FAC School of Music.

  • Student age range: 6 years and older
  • Lesson schedule: Thursdays 5:00-7:30 pm.
  • Focus: To provide a well-rounded musical education with a stylistic approach that best suits the student’s interest.

Cassandra Neild – $25.00 per 30 min.
Acoustic Guitar (Beginner, Intermediate)

Cass has been playing guitar for 14 years and has been teaching for 6 years. She has been heavily involved on the worship team for the FAC weekend services, and was a Student Ministries Worship Apprentice. Her expertise is mainly acoustic guitar, but she has also taught electric and classical guitar.

  • Student age range: 6 years and older
  • Lesson schedule: Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm
  • Focus: Developing guitar players through a variety of musical styles.

Josh Rau – $26.50 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.
  • Focus: Technique and musicality for musicians of all genres.

Calum Rees – $27.50 per 30 min.
Drums/Percussion (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)

Originally hailing from the UK, Calum was brought up in the world of music via his dad who is still a professional drummer to this day. Calum didn’t start playing in earnest until he was 13 years old, quickly grasping the fundamentals of performance and was gigging professionally by the age of 14. By 16 years of age Calum had started his life as a touring musician, and began to build his understanding of the nuances required of drummers in church settings! Shortly after graduating from the University of Westminster with a BA in Commercial Music, he was asked to join a radio tour musical titled “Father’s House” with Juno award winner Brian Doerksen, a working relationship and friendship that has deepened over the last 30 years.

Calum is known as the drummer extraordinaire from work on albums such as Come, Now is the Time to Worship and Hungry, and playing alongside Worship Leaders Brenton BrownKathryn Scott, Matt Redman and Tim Hughes amongst many others. Brian & Calum are also members of thrice GMA awarded musical collective The Shiyr Poets, creating modern musical settings for the Psalms. Calum continues to tour and record, most recently with Brian and Paul Baloche, and enjoys leading clinics and workshops in a multitude of settings, including the Sharpen conference here in Calgary. He loves to spend time with anyone wanting to develop their rhythmic awareness, but is particularly keen to help students unlock their learning potential into real world results.

  • Student age range: 10 years and older
  • Lesson Schedule: Thursdays, 3:30-6:00 pm
  • Focus: To share from his experience and knowledge in your quest to release the rhythm inside.

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. She is excited to begin teaching at the FAC School of Music!

  • 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 any questions, please email schoolofmusic@faccalgary.com.


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.


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