Classes/Lessons

Music

Adonai Arts Academy offers private lessons which can be scheduled at any point in the year, or group classes which are scheduled on a semesterly basis.
To view our in depth schedule, please visit our database The Studio Director. Or, you can email our Music Director at music.adonaiarts@gmail.com!

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Beginning Piano Class

The beginning piano class is for students ages 5 to 8. Essentially, students need to be able to read basic words and count to ten. Beginning piano class is held every semester.

In the beginning piano class, four to eight students will learn the basics of piano technique, music theory, and piano performing. Students will also learn finger techniques, note reading, dynamics, and tempos.

This class is geared towards preparing students to move into private piano lessons. But they may also choose to move to another of our group music classes.

JoAnn Pitzer acts as our lead teacher. She has had more than thirty years of elementary education experience under her belt! JoAnn also serves as our Executive Director.

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Piano

Piano is the most common instrument a young student will learn. Once a student can play piano, it is significantly easier to play any other instrument. That’s because the concepts of music theory are made visual when it comes to that ebony and ivory.

Students will learn technique, fingering, terminology, and most importantly how to actually play the keys.

How early is too early? We encourage parents to wait for children to be able to read basic sentences and count to ten. Five years old is typically the youngest age for new piano players.

How late is too late? We have specialized curriculum for adult beginners. A few of our students started learning piano after retirement!

Every student learns differently, and we strive to create a unique learning path for everyone. Learn to love the classics, as well as worship-style playing. Classes are one-on-one for 30 or 60 minutes as requested by the family. 

Private instruction is offered year-round at our East Nashville and Hobson Pike locations.

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Strings

We offer private lessons in cello and violin. Our skilled instructors have performed in numerous ensembles and orchestras, and are prepared to teach new students of all ages in some of the most famous instruments.

Students learn the basics of music reading and note names, and the complexities of bowing and music theory. You'll love learning in a classical style with this laid back, one-on-one setup. Our strings instructor plays with numerous renowned chamber and symphonic groups. Violin, viola, and cello are available for study.

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Beginning Drum Class

The beginning drum class is for students ages 5 to 8. Essentially, students need to be able to read basic words and count to sixteen. Beginning drum class is offered every semester, as long as at least four students enroll.

In the beginning drum class (also called percussion class), four to eight students will learn the basics of percussion theory, rudiments, rhythms, stick technique, note reading, and how to play with both hands separately and together. Students will also learn about tempos, dynamics, different percussion instruments, and how to play along to recordings.

This class is geared towards preparing students to move into private drum lessons. But they may also choose to move to another of our group music classes.

T. Josiah Haynes acts as our lead teacher. T.J. has played percussion since 5th grade, and he started teaching percussion the month he graduated high school.

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Drums

Aspiring drummers learn basic stick technique and drumming fundamentals in a fun one-on-one environment. Students can use a variety of percussion instruments, such as snare drum, buckets, drum pads, drum sets, and anything else that makes a cool sound.

Our instructors have worked with marching bands for many years, particularly drumline and pit. Under our instructors’ capable tutelage, students will learn percussion fundamentals, rudiments, stick technique, music theory, and note reading.

Because percussion is such a vast field, what specific percussion instruments a student studies is up to the student and parent. Many students take up the drum set.

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Voice

The voice is an instrument most of us can play. Maybe not well, but we use our voices everyday.

One on one instruction in the various elements of vocal instruction with an emphasis on developing practical skills and knowledge in music theory, note reading, range development, diction, and performance. The content may include worship, classic, musical theatre, and pop genres.

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Beginning Guitar Class

The beginning guitar class is for students ages 5 to 8. Essentially, students need to be able to read basic words and count to sixteen. Guitars will be provided during class, but families are welcome to purchase guitars for the student to practice at home.

In the beginning guitar class, four to eight students will learn the basics of guitar theory, rhythms, fingering technique, note reading, and the differences between electric and acoustic guitars. Students will also learn about tempos, dynamics, and strumming patterns.

This class is geared towards preparing students to move into private guitar lessons. But they may also choose to move to another of our group music classes.

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Guitar

Guitar is the most famous string instrument, seldom thought of in a classical sense. Our instructors are capable of teaching in a classical or a commercial setting.

Fundamental elements of music theory and playing guitar (chords, scales, technique), so that they may eventually learn to play any song or style of music of their choice. Chords, scales, and technique will be taught through a comprehensive method consisting of real songs and esoteric study. 

Private instruction is offered year-round, at our East Nashville and Hobson Pike locations.

Woodwinds

Clarinet, flute, saxophone, bassoon — the woodwind section in an orchestra isn’t always the largest, but it is often the most diverse.

Whether your student is new to the instrument or already participating in a band program at their school, students will be able to advance on their specific woodwind instrument.

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Theory & Composition

For middle school students to college-age students, theory and composition can be useful tools for every musician.

We utilize Finale notation software, so students can explore the possibilities of composition. Within a few lessons, students will have at least one composition under their name!