The purpose of the Music Enrichment Lessons at CCS is to grow the gifts and talents of students and help foster students’ love for music so they may be used to the glory of God. Performance and ministry opportunities are given throughout the year to students.
Guitar lessons will be tailored to the students’ speed and ability. Lesson are meant to be fun, yet productive. This is achieved by focusing on students’ interests and abilities in which they aspire to learn. Students will be educated in a mix of basic to advanced music theory, the importance of proper picking techniques, intonation, pitch and tone. Every lesson begins with warm ups and assorted exercises in order to strengthen skills.
Instructors: Kelly Hudson & Cassidy Cummings
Piano lessons will equip students to not only play the piano, but be able to understand and love music for a lifetime. Instructors will tailor students’ interests and needs by using a variety of method books plus a supplemental repertoire including classical, popular, and jazz music as well as worship music and hymns.
Instructors: Micki Burns, Carolyn Decker & Jenna Ferrazzo
Voice lessons will focus on proper singing technique. Proper technique will be developed through specific exercises for proper breathing, vocalization, and clear enunciation. Included in these exercises will be an exploration of head and chest voice. Through all these exercises, the students will gain a more controlled singing voice as well as a healthy confidence in their vocal ability.
Instructors: Kelly Hudson & Jenna Ferrazzo
Being able to possess the ability to express oneself through music is an awesome privilege to give back to our Creator in glorifying His name. The flute instructor will nurture students and promote a strong sense of self-worth, discipline, and responsibility while teaching the foundations of flute instruction. One of the goals of our flute instructor is to create the first flute choir at CCS.
Instructor: Julie Owens
Music Teacher Bios
Micki Burns has been teaching piano to students of all ages for over 18 years. She graduated from Campbell University as a piano major with a degree in Church Music. She served as church pianist at a local church for 15 years and in 2009, began serving as a pianist, keyboardist at Carmel Baptist Church. Micki’s goal for her students is to receive a good foundation in piano through music theory, technique and repertoire. Her desire is to help develop their skills in piano while having fun and in turn, strengthen their appreciation for the gift of music.
Cassidy Cummings is a musician who has been leading worship in the Charlotte area for 10 years. She has worked as an assistant worship director and youth music director and loves to work with young people. She enjoys leading worship at Carmel Christian’s annual Windy Gap retreat. She also works in the Extended Day Program with 4’s, TK, and Kindergarten students. Cassidy has a passion for music and worship and will be teaching the basics of music theory and guitar technique to our beginner students.
Carolyn Decker studied Music Education with a major in voice and a minor in piano at the University of Alabama. She has been teaching piano lessons and working as an elementary school teacher since 1992. Carolyn currently teaches at Socrates Academy during the school day and is a new addition to our Music Enrichment Program at CCS. Carolyn is a kind, patient, and warm teacher who loves her students.
Jenna has 10 years of experience as a performer and accompanist and is a wonderful addition to the Music Enrichment Program. She graduated from UNCC with a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance. She has enjoyed accompanying various churches in the Charlotte area and local choirs including the Charlotteans and Children’s Community Choir at UNCC. It has been her privilege to help plan and direct music for weddings and other special occasions as well as piano instruction in her home. Jenna is a passionate musician dedicated to excellence in piano accompaniment, performance and pedagogy.
Kelly has been teaching private guitar and voice lessons at CCS for the last 5 years. After graduating from the University of South Carolina, she pursued her passion for performance at The Alabama Theatre in Myrtle Beach, SC. and then continued on to Nashville, TN where she worked as a session singer, background singer, demo singer, and songwriter. Kelly’s desire is to fully equip students with the basics of music theory, ear training, proper vocal and guitar technique. She achieves this through a relaxed, fun, and inviting atmosphere for all of her students.
Julie is entering her second year to CCS as a flute instructor. She has been playing the flute for nearly 25 years and have been teaching private flute lessons for 12 years. She conducted and led a flute choir at Cortland Christian Academy for the past 6 years. She has also participated in many music organizations including the Charlotte Flute Choir. One of Julie’s goals is to create a flute choir at CCS this year.