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We believe that music not only develops the minds of those who practice and develop skills, it is also an important means of worshiping the Lord. For this reason, CCS emphasizes the importance of learning musical skills through music class and through our School of Fine Arts.

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Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.”

Psalm 95:1

Programs

Music Class

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INFO: As a Christian School, we have an opportunity to enjoy music uniquely. Musical gifts are gifts of God’s Spirit. Musical expression is a way that God desires for us to glorify Him. Music is the creative expression of our love, and praise for God demonstrated through voice, dance, and instrument. The Bible explains that music is a part of Heaven. It also instructs us to speak to one another in songs, hymns, and spiritual songs. Furthermore, music can be used to develop and strengthen the body of believers.

ELEMENTARY: 5th-grade students at CCS attend music class two times each week. They explore the world of music, learning the basics of music theory, vocal music, and instrumental music. Our students are exposed to various instruments in these grades, including percussion, orff, boomwhackers, and pitched bells. In 4th grade, students learn how to play the recorder, preparing them to learn a band instrument later.

MIDDLE SCHOOL: Music is offered to the middle school as a half-year elective.

Performance

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INFO: At CCS, we have two main opportunities for students to demonstrate their musical abilities during the year. First, our students present a Christmas Musical in which a fun script and catchy music allow the audience to see the birth of Jesus as the focus of Christmas. Our second performance is a Spring Arts Night. During this evening, the students present a concert of music and drama.

Lessons

Standard Lessons

$27
per 30 minutes
$40.50
per 45 minutes
$54
per 60 minutes
For Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Beginning Band Instruments, Oboe, Trumpet, Clarinet, & Voice only.

Violin Lessons

$32
per 30 minutes
For Violin only.
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Fine Arts Staff

Carey Winans // Oboe, Voice

Carey Winans holds a BM in Oboe Performance from the University of Northern Colorado and a MM in Oboe Performance from the University of Southern California. She was a member of the West Point Army Band for five years and played oboe and English horn for the Central City Opera Company for three years before her appointment to the Army Band. Winans performs regularly with the Michigan Philharmonic, Ligonier Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic, and various regional symphonies within Southeast Michigan. Although her primary studies and employment have been in oboe playing, she is also passionate about singing and studied voice throughout college.

Edna Sherman // Piano, Voice

Edna Sherman has a Bachelor of Music degree in voice and has given piano lessons since college. Edna was a public-school music teacher for many years, having recently retired. She enjoys finding out her students' learning styles and makes an effort to adjust her teaching style to their personalities.

Sarah Smith // Trumpet, Band Instruments

Sarah Smith is a 2011 graduate from Eastern Michigan University with a degree in music education. While obtaining her degree, she took classes to become proficient on all band instruments, but her major was focused on trumpet. Sarah’s love of music began when she was just seven years old when she started taking piano lessons and has only grown and intensified through college, to teaching fifth through twelfth-grade vocal and instrumental music at St. Mary Catholic Central. Sarah taught at SMCC for three years before making a choice to stay home to start a family with her husband, Jason. Now she is grateful to play in Cornerstone’s orchestra and with the praise team. She feels a great calling to educate others in music so that they, too, can use their gifts and talents to glorify Jesus Christ.

Patty Johnson // Clarinet

Patty Johnson has been teaching clarinet lessons in the Brighton area for more than 30 years. Her musical training includes Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music Education from Bowling Green State University, where she studied clarinet and participated in many instrumental ensembles. Patty has experience teaching clarinet to beginners through advanced players, including preparing Middle School and High School students and small ensembles for MSBOA Solo and Ensemble Festival at the district and state levels.

Lindsay Kimball // Piano, Voice

Lindsay Kimball is a lifelong musician whose passion is working with children to enrich their musical abilities through lessons, choral programs, recitals, and, most importantly, to equip them to lead worship in their church bodies. She attended Alma College, where she studied Music Education and English, with an emphasis on vocal music. While there, she was a member of their top touring choral ensemble, helped charter an all-female pop a cappella group for whom she found her passion in writing and arranging music, and taking collegiate level piano courses and private lessons as a supplement to her vocal degree. She has been the Children’s Choir director at Cornerstone EPC since the fall of 2011. She has taught repertoire for her chorus to participate in the annual Christmas Concerts at CEPC, lead worship monthly alongside the adult choir, as well as chartering multiple Children’s Choir Spring Musicals. She is a member and worship leader, as well as an adult choir member at Cornerstone. She works at a local business in the Brighton community and is also a member of the Livingston County Women’s Chorus and female pop a cappella group, The Decibelles. Her own passion for worship, singing, and sharing the love of Jesus through music in the community is something she hopes to pass on to the next generation of musicians. She says, “In the wise words of Buddy the Elf, “I just like smiling. Smiling’s my favorite!” And also, coffee. Coffee is her favorite.

Amy Heard // Voice, Musical Theatre

Amy Heard is delighted to be part of the Cornerstone School of Fine Arts! She has a Master of Music with Specializations in Vocal Performance and Musical Theatre. She has 20+ years of experience as a private Voice instructor, six years as a Guitar and Piano instructor, and previous years as a Dance Instructor and Choreographer. Having had extensive performance experience on stage and some Film, TV, and Voiceover credits, Amy has also used her gifts as a Drama instructor, Music Director, and Theatre Director. She has most recently been seen as Princess Fiona in “Shrek” at the historical Redford Theatre, and she was honored by the original Mary Magdalene in “The Living Stations of the Cross,” now known as “The Cross and the Light.” Amy currently works as an actress/songstress with Magic Carpet Theatre's Drama Ministry in "At His Feet, Women in Scripture,” for which she has written the music for the newly released CD. As a Singer/Songwriter, she won 2 Detroit Music Awards, Outstanding Christian Vocalist and Songwriter. Amy is currently the lead singer of Threefold Mercy, a Contemporary Christian band. Having released several CDs, she is always working on her next recording project and making appearances with her music. For more information, visit amyheard.com.

Paul Lundin // Violin

Paul Lundin is currently living in SE Michigan, where he is a freelance violinist. He studied at the University of Iowa, where he earned Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Violin Performance. While living in Wisconsin, he performed with the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, Waukesha, and Green Bay Symphonies and held the post of Concertmaster for the Racine Symphony from May of 2000 until 2008. In addition to performing, he was a sabbatical replacement at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point (2001) and was an adjunct instructor at Concordia University in Mequon, Wisconsin, for eight years. Formerly, he was a full-time member of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra from 1992-1999, was on the faculty of Northwestern State University and Centenary College, and Concertmaster of the Longview (Texas) Symphony. He received critical acclaim as a soloist in Longview, playing Erich Korngold’s “Concerto for Violin and Orchestra” in 1998. Mr. Lundin is a native of Upper Michigan, where he continues a musical presence as Director of Strings on the Bay, a professional chamber music series sponsored by Bay de Noc Community College in Escanaba, Michigan. This, in conjunction with the Manistique Community Concert Committee Summer Concert Series, is a post he has held since 1994.