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Barbara Bend

Barbara Bend

Piano (private lessons)

Barbara has loved music all her life, having grown up in a music-nurturing home, church, and school environment. Her piano studies began under Lorine Schumann Groves, but a lull in her training steered her to pursue a B.S. in Science from the University of Texas. She continued to maintain quality musical experiences and began teaching by request, just after college. Barbara loves how music and the arts are ‘universal languages’ and bring us together, especially in worship of our Lord.
Hannah Chandler

Hannah Chandler

Foundations in Dance, Lyrical 2

Hannah is 18 years old and has been dancing under the mentorship of Tenisha Graham for 12 years. She has been part of Reclaim since its origin. Her choreography has been featured in both Lyrical 2 and Lyrical 3 dance classes. Along with Musical Theatre and dance, she plays violin and hopes to help others increase their gifts and flourish, to the glory of God. She plans to earn a degree in music, and music therapy, going on to become a music and art therapist. 

Meaghen Chandler

Meaghen Chandler

Musical Theater

Meaghen is a child of the One, true King and has a passion to see children stretch their creative muscles with healthy experiences in the arts. She relishes being wife to Ross and mom to Hannah and Tess. Meaghen received her BBS from Hardin-Simmons University, has a background in teaching and drama ministry and currently tutors an English intensive called “Essentials” through Classical Conversations.
Taylor Fischer

Taylor Fischer

Foundations Choir, Beginning Music

Taylor has a bachelors degree in music education from the University of Mary Hardin Baylor. After graduating in 2017, she taught music for 2 years at Pasemann Elementary school in Taylor, Texas. Taylor and her husband, Doug, agreed it would be best to let Taylor stay home and be a mom when her oldest daughter, Charlotte, was born in 2019. Taylor has also been leading worship since she was 13 and has been able to lead for many churches and retreats. God has given Taylor a passion for music and is excited to be back in the classroom to help teach the same love and passion to the students that come to her classes.

Tenisha Graham

Tenisha Graham

Lyrical Praise 3

Tenisha Graham has a bachelor’s degree in Human Sciences and Family Studies from Texas Tech University. She taught at a pre-professional school called Ballet Lubbock for five years and opened her own dance company at the age of 20. Her choreography has won many awards on both the State and National level. She is proficient in many styles of dance and has taught for 19 years. Tenisha is passionate about teaching her students how to use their gifts for God and be the best that they can be. She takes pride in the connection she has with each student as well as the ability to view them all as individuals versus taking a mainstream approach. She is passionate about the the arts and guiding children to learn to praise God with their individual gifts.

Julien Jamar

Julien Jamar

Drama 2, Theater, Creative Writing/Publishing

Julien Jamar has been teaching theater, drama and writing at Reclaim Arts for five years. She
also directed the theatrical production of “Tom Sawyer” in the 2019-2020 school year and will
direct “Little Women” fall of 2022. In addition to teaching at Reclaim, Julien teaches high school
history and literature at One Day Academy in Marble Falls. She has recently published her
fourth book and is releasing the fifth late 2022. Julien lives with her husband, Jason, and five
children in Marble Falls, TX.

Mara Johnson

Mara Johnson

Art

Mara Johnson is a mother of three boys and self taught artist in mixed media design. She started teaching classes to children when her middle son expressed interest in art himself. She holds a BA degree in business administration from St. Edward’s University, but creativity has always fueled her passions. Today she teaches a local homeschool art class, conducts private lessons, and arranges mini art retreats for adults. She also volunteers her art skills to the community by helping challenged adults and children, and has worked with non-profits such as the Hill Country Humane Society. She believes that everyone has the innate ability to create and hopes to foster a connection between art, person, and God.

Linda McArthur

Linda McArthur

Strings, Orchestra

Linda began playing the violin at the age of seven. Her love of music
continued throughout her early education and brought her to serve as Concert
Master of her High School Orchestra as well as the High School Musical Theatre
Productions. In college she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Violin & Viola
Performance. She moved to Texas and was awarded her Masters of Music Degree
in Violin & Viola Performance from the University of North Texas.

Linda McArthur is an exceptional music educator. She recently retired from
twenty years classroom experience with the Fine Arts Department of a large
school district teaching Orchestra. Linda has extensive experience with teaching
the Suzuki Method of string pedagogy on all Orchestral Instruments. Mrs.
McArthur is well equipped to motivate and inspire string players on many levels
and can teach a variety of styles and methods that suit each of her students.

Not only is Mrs. McArthur a classically trained musician, she is also very
fond of Traditional Music. She enjoys playing Irish Reels & Jigs, Celtic Tunes,
Western Swing, Jazz and Texas Bluegrass with her friends and colleagues. Linda
feels blessed to serve the Hill Country Community offering studies in a universal
language as a divine vehicle of communication.

Stefany Nelson

Stefany Nelson

Hip-Hop, (Private Lessons Available)

Stefany has loved to dance her whole life, having grown-up in a home that encouraged freedom of expression in whatever form spoke most to you. She found Hip-Hop to be her own special way to speak with God in a way that feels direct and personal. She has been blessed to learn from incredible dance mentors and found her passion for dance when she studied at Texas A&M (Class of ’15, A-WHOOP!) and stumbled upon Fade to Black, a community service Hip-Hop team that performs and serves all over the Bryan/College Station area. From this experience, Stefany’s main goal is to carry this idea forward and teach how dance allows a person to express themselves freely when words sometimes seem to fail us and use that to connect with those around you. She is so excited to continue her journey with Reclaim Arts Academy and loves to meet new students who are seeking to build a relationship with our Lord, so feel free to reach out and introduce yourself if you see her at the church office at FBCMF.

Mark Ramsey

Mark Ramsey

Beginning Guitar and Private Lessons (Piano, Guitar and Drums)

I have been teaching private and group lessons for 20 years in Central Texas. As a music major at the University of Texas I studied piano and music theory and composition. I have studied a variety of styles and I have played professionally throughout Texas in several bands over the last 40 years. On occasions I have traveled to Nashville to perform in recording industry showcases.

I teach a balance between a traditional, classical approach and a more modern approach that includes an understanding of theory and contemporary styles. My students learn correct technique using scales and technique exercises. But they also learn chord construction and basic theory. This develops a broader understanding of music in general. 

I have several years of experience teaching young people. I have a BA in history and I have taught history and geography on the secondary level. I am active in my church where I lead worship and teach younger musicians how to fit into a group. In this capacity I have helped worship teams and youth groups from several churches in the Austin area hone their skills.

Please feel free to call me to discuss the possibilities of music instruction for your child; even if you are unsure and just need some advice. 

Mark Ramsey 

512-736-3831
markramsey@markramseymusic.com

Sarah Spillman

Sarah Spillman

Drama 1, Chorale, Music Theory/Sight Singing

Sarah Spillman holds degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Education from The University of Texas, and a degree in Worship Studies from Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary. Her teaching career has included independent music academies, public, and private schools. In addition to having performed with the Austrian-American Mozart Academy, the Austin Lyric Opera Chorus and the Austin Chamber Consort, Sarah frequently performs with and directs for the Fredericksburg Theatre Company. She has served on and led worship teams since the age of 16. It is her desire to equip young people to use their God-given gifts to bring Him glory.

Dorey & Amy Stubblefield

Dorey & Amy Stubblefield

Musical Theater, Private Lessons (Guitar, Saxophone, Music Theory)

Dorey and Amy have been married and in ministry together for 22 years. Both graduated from East Texas Baptist University, Dorey with a degree in all-level music education and Amy with a degree in elementary education. Dorey has spent his years in worship ministry, leading traditional and contemporary worship, conducting choirs and orchestras, directing musicals, and teaching on worship, among other things. Amy has assisted him in worship ministry and has also served as a children’s minister and elementary school teacher. They are Daddy and Mama to SIX children that keep them on their toes. Dorey and Amy began dreaming about a school for the arts almost two decades ago, and have watched with excitement as God has opened the doors for that dream to become a reality. They look forward to seeing how our Creator will use this opportunity for students and teachers to glorify Him with their talent and creativity.