Cornerstone Christian School is pleased to announce the opening of the Cornerstone School of Fine Arts! We will offer lessons in voice, piano, and other instruments to students from CCS and all other schools. Adults are also welcome. As music students of all ages develop in skill, the CSFA will be able to bless our Cornerstone Church through the Worship and Music Ministry. For more information, please contact Rachel Olson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lessons are offered Monday-Thursday on Cornerstone's campus. Day time lessons are available but the majority are after school hours.
- Various instruments depending on interest and semester
$27 for 30 minutes; $40.50 for 45 minutes; $54 for an hour
- Beginning Band Instruments
Violin will be at $32 for 30 minutes
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 5 years and played oboe and English horn for the Central City Opera Company for 3 years prior to 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 has a Bachelor of Music degree in voice and has given piano lessons since she was in college. Edna was a public-school music teacher for many years having recently retired. She enjoys finding out the learning styles of her students and makes an effort to adjust her teaching style to their personalities.
Karen Tharp, Percussion Instructor, received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Central Michigan University and a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University. She has taught private percussion lessons and was a middle school band director in the Plymouth-Canton school district. Mrs. Tharp is currently a drummer at Cornerstone Church and also plays drums in a local rock band.
Guitar, Bass, Drums, Ukulele
Scott Christopher is the owner of The Buzztop Studios Music School located in Hamburg Twp. and is a professional music educator, music producer, sound engineer, and performer. Scott is a graduate of the prestigious Musician’s Institute of Hollywood CA and has earned his Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Eastern Michigan University. For almost 30 years, Scott has helped thousands of individuals achieve their musical goals on the guitar, bass, drums, ukulele, and in the recording studio. With a strong background in music theory and attention to technique and musicality, Scott focuses on music that is of interest to each particular student, using real world applications to create a personalized curriculum that is fun and enjoyable while still being rooted in solid musical fundamentals. Scott also coaches live performance Rock Band Classes designed to give young musicians the skills, confidence, and real world experience of playing in a live, performing band.
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 the 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 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 in 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 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 in 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, as well as 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 where 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 favorite.
Voice, Musical Theatre
Amy Heard is delighted to be in on the ground stages of the Cornerstone School of Fine Arts! She has a Master of Music with Specializations in Vocal Performance and Musial Theatre. She has 20+ years experience as a private Voice instructor, 6 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 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 be 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 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 adjunct instructor at Concordia University in Mequon, Wisconsin for 8 years. Formerly, he was a fulltime 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 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.
Voice & Piano
Nicole has a BA in Music Education from the University of Michigan - Flint. Nicole is experienced teaching both in the classroom and privately, and has been the Music Director for various musical theater productions for middle and high schools. She was the President of the Flint chapter of the National Association for Music Education. Through this association, Nicole has helped orchestrate and run multiple community outreach programs, including teaching music at the Whaley Children’s Center for abused, neglected, and at-risk children, and providing after school music opportunities for students at Durrant-Tuuri Mott Elementary school. She teaches a variety of styles including opera, jazz, musical theater, and pop, and has a teaching philosophy rooted in vocal exploration, creativity, and longevity.
Classes for infants up to 4 years old each with a parent or caregiver
Children learn music the same way they learn language - through immersion and interaction. Music Play! Offers a fun, interactive environment for both child and parent/caregiver to learn playful ways to to make music and movement both in the classroom and in their daily lives. With a wide variety of songs and movement activities, this musical opportunity will expand your child’s musical vocabulary and aptitude and provide some of the most important first steps to learning the musical language - all through playing!