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Thank you for your interest in the FAC School of Music. For listings of our current class offerings (DJing, Drums, Guitar, Piano, Ukulele) along with rates, schedules, and bios of our instructors, please see below. Due to present COVID-19 restrictions, we are not offering voice lessons at this time. Classes are scheduled to begin the week of Monday, September 28 if the current situation remains stable. Please be patient with us if we need to make any last-minute changes. It will be for your safety.

At the bottom of this page, you will find a link to reserve a lesson time. Once you have selected a spot, we will be in touch to complete the registration process. As well as payment for the lessons, there will be a one-time annual registration fee of $75. Payment options are detailed in our studio policy. Registration is currently on a term-by-term basis. Lessons will be in-person and will take place at the Deerfoot Campus, 12345 40 St SE. If you are interested in online lessons, please contact us directly. For further information or if you have any questions, please email schoolofmusic@faccalgary.com.

FAC School of Music | Calendar

Fall Term 2020

Monday 8 weeks; Tuesday-Saturday 9 weeks

  • Week of September 28 – Lessons begin
  • October 12, Thanksgiving Day – No lessons
  • November 9-14 – No lessons
  • December 5 – Last day of lessons
  • December 6-7 – Christmas recitals

Winter Term 2021

10 weeks

  •  January 4 – Lessons resume
  • February 12-18 – No lessons
  • March 20 – Last day of lessons

Spring Term 2021

Monday and Saturday 9 weeks; Tuesday-Friday 10 weeks

  • April 6 – Lessons resume
  • May 1 – No lessons
  • May 21-27 – No lessons
  • June 19 – Last day of lessons
  • June 20-21 – Summer recitals

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 are always welcome to sit in for any of your student’s lessons. This will afford opportunity for you to 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.
  • 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 will take place at the Deerfoot Campus of FAC, 12345 40 Street SE, Calgary. Our preference is for in-person lessons but if you would like to chat about online options, please contact schoolofmusic@faccalgary.com.

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 cash, 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 of $75 is required at the time of registration to help offset recital costs and other administrative expenses.

 

The safety of our students and instructors is of the utmost importance so we will be following AHS guidelines in regard to COVID-19. All surfaces/equipment will be wiped down between lessons and students will be required to wear masks. You will be updated if there are any changes regarding this aspect of our policy. Please do not send your student if they are ill.

 

  • For the sake of consistency, we encourage students to attend all lessons (illness aside) but sometimes that is 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 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.
  • If a student must end lessons during the year, we will 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.

Please get in touch if you have any comments or concerns. You may contact the FAC School of Music by emailing schoolofmusic@faccalgary.com or calling 403-258-4353.

FAC School of Music | Faculty & Pricing

Piano / Suzuki Piano Lessons

Bethanie Klob – $25 per 30 min.

Piano (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)

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.

  • Lesson schedule: Mondays, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, 6:30-9:00 pm; Tuesdays 5:30-8:00 pm; Thursdays 9:30 am-12:30 pm, 4:30-8:30 pm
  • Focus: Worship playing (chord charts, playing by ear, improvisation) and advanced classical instruction

Jill Rossier – $25 per 30 min. 

Piano / Suzuki  Lessons  (Ages 3+)

Jill is a mother of 2 and a registered Suzuki Piano instructor with the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA). Jill’s music education began at the age of 5 and was focused in classical training through the Toronto Royal Conservatory. Jill has supplemented her classical studies with focused training in Suzuki pedagogy and philosophy in piano, becoming knowledgeable in Suzuki Early Childhood Education and she is a successful graduate of the Suzuki Pedagogy Practicum program. A dedicated instructor to her students, Jill aims to emphasize a strong foundation for her students in their early years, as well as to instill a lifelong love of learning. She is excited to be able to combine 2 of her passions, teaching and music, to ignite and develop an inner drive within her students towards learning and self-improvement in their music studies – now and throughout their life.

The Suzuki Pedagogy centres around the listening environment, tone production, body posture, technique, and the structure and purpose of the repertoire. Lessons are tailored to meet the student’s individual needs and this learning methodology partners the student, parent(s), and teacher together providing the optimal environment for nurturing the hearts and minds of children through music. Following this methodology, your child will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to play every piece beautifully in a positive and nurturing environment following the mother tongue approach. Reading music will begin once the child’s aural and instrumental skills are well established, just as you would teach a child to read once they have learned to speak. Students must be able to follow instructions.

  • Lesson schedule: Tuesdays, 4:30-8:00 pm; Thursdays, 9:00 am-12:30 pm, 4:30-8:00 pm
  • Focus: Building a strong early foundation and instilling a lifelong love of music in children

Kristen Limacher – $22.50 per 30 min.

Piano (Beginner, Intermediate)

Kristen is passionate about Jesus, piano, and completing her studies as a teacher at Ambrose University. She has been teaching piano for 9 years with the certification of the Royal Conservatory of Music at the Grade 10 level. Kristen is passionate and excited about combining her love for Jesus and inspiring young people into connecting with Him through their musical studies. She is experienced in providing a quality, creative, and hands-on experience for learning the basics of piano and music theory, as well as guiding students through a formal, intermediate-level study in classical music.

  • Lesson schedule: Saturdays, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
  • Focus: Basics of piano and music theory; technical skills for the intermediate player

Olivia Whitaker – $22.50 per 30 min.

Piano (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)

Olivia Whitaker is a recent graduate (2019) from the University of Lethbridge where she obtained a Bachelor of Music degree, majoring in classical piano performance. She was raised in a family of self-taught musicians and began to play the piano in her family’s band (worship team!) 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. She is excited to be teaching through the FAC School of Music.

  • Lesson schedule: Mondays, 4:30-8:30 pm
  • Focus: To tailor each lesson into the stylistic approach that best suits the student’s interest.

Guitar / Ukulele Lessons

Josh Rau – $22.50 per 30 min.

Acoustic / Electric Guitar (Beginner, Intermediate), Bass Guitar (Beginner), 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; however, his first love is still electric guitar. A love of music can come from any artist and Josh will work with you toward reaching your goals.

  • Lesson schedule: Mondays, 5:00-8:30 pm; Tuesdays 5:00-8:30 pm
  • Focus: Technique and musicality for guitarists of all genres

Cassandra Neild – $22.50 per 30 min.

Acoustic Guitar (Beginner, Intermediate)

Cass has been playing guitar for 14 years and has been teaching for 6 years. She plays frequently on the worship team for the FAC weekend services, and is also currently on staff there as the Student Ministries Worship Apprentice. Her expertise is mainly acoustic guitar, but she has also taught electric and classical guitar.

  • Lesson schedule: Saturdays, 10:00 am-1:00 pm
  • Focus: Developing guitar players through a variety of musical styles

Drum Lessons

Dallas Clifford – $25 per 30 min.

Drums (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)

Dallas started playing drums at the age of 14 at a small church in Prince Albert, SK. He grew up listening to drummers such as Neil Peart, Mike Portnoy, Tommy Lee, and Alex Van Halen. He was also influenced by Nashville session legends Milton Sledge, Eddie Bayers, Lonnie Wilson, and Paul Leim. In 2001, Dallas attended Briercrest College to expand his musical knowledge. It paid off. In early 2004 he scored his first full-time gig with Saskatchewan recording artist Melanie Laine. Currently, Dallas plays with Alberta recording artists Drew Gregory, Maddison Krebs, and many others from Alberta and Saskatchewan. He lives in High River with his wife, Josie, and their 3 boys Austin, Parker, and Brady.

  • Lesson schedule: Tuesdays, 4:30-8:30 pm
  • Focus: From beginner to advanced, Dallas can take you to the next level

DJing

Bryce Plante – $45 per 60 min.

DJing (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)

Now entering his 4th year of teaching DJing through FAC School of Music, Bryce “Gremlyn” Plante has worn many hats throughout the 10+ years of his Music Career as a DJ, Producer, Entrepreneur, and Artist Development Mentor. Over the past 4 years, Bryce has taught hundreds of youth & students all across Canada & beyond how to produce music, and how to DJ, starting from “Skratch.” Bryce is excited to start a brand new semester moving into a new year of teaching beginner, intermediate, and advanced DJ techniques for aspiring DJs! (Recommended for ages 13+)

  • Lesson schedule: Tuesdays, 6:00-9:00 pm; Wednesdays, 4:00-6:00 pm
  • Focus: The intersection of artistry and technology

 

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