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Class Descriptions

2021-2022

Class Schedule & Handbook

For a view of all the classes at a glance, check out the Class Schedule.
For information about payment options, deadlines, policies, etc., please see the Student/Parent Handbook.

Art

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Early Start Art

Ages: 3-6 with parent/guardian
              7-9 on their own
Time: 3:00-3:45 on Tuesday
Instructor: Mara Johnson
Price per year: $235 (includes student and parent)

Course Description:

We will explore textures through creative works that will allow young artists the ability to actually feel various mediums, like different types of paints, substrates, and fillers to build up their fine motor skills and artistic experiences.  Sensory play may be incorporated, along with story time and music to enhance our creative space and bonding relationships between young artist and parent, as well as peers and art teacher.

Children between the ages of 3-6 years old should enroll and attend class with his or her parent or adult guardian.  Parents are still encouraged to attend with children ages 7-9 years old, but he or she may attend without a parent if ready skill-wise and behaviorally. Cost of the class includes $175 tuition for the year and $60 fee for art supplies.

Additional supplies:

  • paint smock or t-shirt (for child and adult)

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Mixed Media Art 1

Ages 9-12
Time: 4:00-4:55 on Tuesday
Instructor: Mara Johnson
Price per year: $250

Course Description:

Mixed media allows for artists to use a multitude of mediums combined in each individual artwork. We will use mediums such as acrylics, watercolors, inks, speciality papers, texture pastes, and so much more throughout the school year. Each artist will delve into a journey of new beginnings, self discovery, and God’s world. Some of the exciting journey will include whimsical drawing and painting, Plein Air, sketching, nature studies, monoprinting, face mapping, and art journaling.

We will also study real life working artists of today and form a connection with him or her by creating projects reminiscent of the artist’s unique style. This class artwork may be shared on Instagram under Tintedowl and on Facebook under Moon Bird Arts, as well as Reclaim Arts Academy. These working artists may comment and dialogue with the class regarding artwork. It is highly encouraged that your artist practice learned skills at home and out of the classroom.  Some projects will need to be worked on at home as art homework.  Please send your artist to class prepared with supplies and work. Cost of the class includes $175 tuition for the year and $75 fee for art supplies.

Additional supplies:

  • sketch pencils, eraser, pencil bag, and a large t-shirt or apron

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Art Extravaganza

Ages 13-Adult
Time: 5:00-5:55 on Tuesday
Instructor: Mara Johnson
Price per year: $250

Course Description:

Would you like to take your creativity to another level? This is definitely the place to do it! 

Our class experience will be adventurous and bold. We will be experimenting with ‘living arts’ for part of the year. It encompasses creating life size art scenes: painting on actual people, objects, and backgrounds. 

The other part of class will introduce ways you can print your art on products and sell it. Art studies, themes, and/or warm-ups will be introduced, so you will have a starting point. This will also include publishing story and art books for those that are interested. 

This class is uncharted, meaning there is nothing like this around being offered. We will learn together in a positive and fun environment. Cost of the class includes $175 tuition for the year  and $75 fee for art supplies.

Additional supplies recommended:

    • iPhone to take pictures
    • Laptop for story art

Drama

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Drama 1

Ages 5-7
Time: 5:00-5:45 on Tuesday
Instructor: Sarah Spillman
Price per year: $190

Class Description:
This beginners acting class is full of creativity, movement and fun geared toward young students. The goal is to help students learn fundamentals of drama while exploring the use of their voices, bodies and imagination, and learning to work and interact with others through. Students will play games and learn techniques to develop focus, teamwork, confidence, quick thinking and control. Basic vocal technique will be introduced, along with theatre etiquette: how to behave on stage, back stage, and as an audience member.

Cost of the class includes $175 tuition for the year and $15 fee for scripts and supplies.

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Drama 2

Ages 8-13
Time: 5:00-5:55 on Tuesday
Instructor: Julien Jamar
Price per year: $250

Class Description:
​This class will focus on advanced techniques in gaining confidence on stage, learning proper stage directions and terms and how to keep our focus on giving glory to God through drama. We will also learn set designing, how to improvise on stage and how to enjoy the full range of gifts God has given us. Students will perform skits/monologues for the student showcase, with possible opportunities to use their skills in worship. Cost of the class includes $175 tuition for the year and $30 fee for scripts and supplies and $45 costume fee.

Additional supplies:

  • 3 ring binder 1 1/2 inches
  • Pencil
  • Student ruled paper
  • 3 dividers marked “Terms” “Handouts” “Notes”

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Advanced Theater

Ages 12*-Adult
Time: 4:00-4:55 on Tuesday
Instructor: Julien Jamar
Price per year: $205

Class description:
Focused on advanced acting techniques such as method acting, the Chekhov method, the Meisner method, classical acting, character and performance. We will also learn improvisation, how to write and deliver your own speech, and how to preach a sermon. *You must be at least thirteen years old for this class or twelve with a prerequisite of at least one year in Reclaim Arts Theater and Musicals, or Drama 2. Cost of the class includes $175 tuition for the year and $30 fee for scripts and supplies.

Additional supplies:

  • 3 ring binder with paper for notes and a section for handouts

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Spring Musical

Ages 8-18
Time: 4:00-6:00 on Wednesday (Spring Only)
Performances:
TBA
Instructor: multiple directors (TBA)
Price per year: $315

Class description:
Students will dive headfirst into acting, singing and dancing as they work together to prepare a full length Broadway-style production. Students will have the opportunity to audition for speaking roles and solos. In addition, all class members will participate in vocal ensembles and group choreography. Students will learn basic vocabulary for acting, singing, and choreography. The show will be presented multiple times at the end of the spring semester. Cost of the class includes $250 tuition, $50 costume fee and $15 cast shirt.

 

Music

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Foundations Choir

Ages 9-14
Time: 3:00-3:55 on Tuesday
Instructor: Sarah Spillman
Price per year: $210

3Class Description:
Foundations Choir is a beginning choral ensemble for children ages 9-14. Students need no prior music or vocal training, and no audition is required. Foundations Choir provides a fun environment for each child to develop their God-given instrument, the voice, and to sharpen the necessary skills to belong to a musical ensemble. Musicianship, diction, introduction to solfege, ear training, and learning to read music are all components of the Foundations Choir experience. Cost of the class includes $175 tuition for the year and $35 fee for music and choir shirt.

Additional supplies:

  • 1″ black 3-ring binder with pockets
  • mechanical pencils

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Chorale

Ages 12-18
Time: 3:00-3:55 on Wednesday
Instructor: Sarah Spillman
Price per year: $210

Class Description:
Chorale is an advanced choral ensemble for children ages 12-18. Chorale provides a more challenging environment for each child to develop their God-given talent, the voice, and to refine the necessary skills to belong to a musical ensemble. Musicianship, diction, vocal technique, breathing, music literacy, and part-singing are all components of the Chorale experience. Cost of the class includes $175 tuition for the year and $35 fee for music and choir shirt. At home practice is mandatory.

Prerequisites:

  • teacher approval by audition
  • completion of Music Theory/Sight Singing course (may take concurrently)

Additional supplies:

  • 1″ black 3-ring binder with pockets
  • mechanical pencils

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Music Theory & Sight Singing

Ages 11-Adult
Time: 6:00-6:55 on Tuesday
Instructor: Sarah Spillman
Price per year: $200

Class Description:
Music Theory & Sight Singing is a class where students learn basics of music theory and put it into practical use through sight-reading. Students will learn the fundamentals of music language through the foundations of music theory: notes, rests, clefs, staff, pitch, rhythm, meter, dynamics, tempo, articulation, flats, sharps, enharmonics, key signatures, and scales.

Students will then learn solfege syllables and hand signs. The combination of music theory fundamentals and solfege are the basis of sight-singing. Cost of the class includes $175 tuition for the year and $25 for handouts and the book ‘Sing at First Sight.’

Additional supplies:

  • 1″ black 3-ring binder with pockets
  • mechanical pencils

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Beginning Strings

Ages 8-Adult
Time: 4:00-4:55 on Tuesday
Instructor: Linda McArthur
Price per year: $175

Class Description:
No prior experience is necessary to begin playing a musical instrument. Beginning instrumental instruction will place an emphasis on the development of correct right and left hand techniques and posture. Students can choose from violin, viola, cello and string bass.

Students will learn to play tunes by ear as well as learning to read music notation. Students will also learn bowing techniques, ear training, intonation, and music theory.

Students will learn to read rhythms, how to produce various dynamic and articulative styles as well as musical sensitivity and performance skills.

Students are requested to practice their instrument on a daily basis for 15 – 30 minutes or more. Parents are strongly encouraged to support their young students by maintaining a good practice routine, praising good effort, and listening to music at home. Your teacher will have resources to compliment this aspect of your child’s musical education. Mid-week lessons available as requested.

Cost of the class includes $175 tuition for the year and students will provide their own instrument and instruction book (see additional supplies).

Additional supplies:

  • Instrument (use local vendors or contact instructor for assistance)
  • Essential Elements Book 1 (for your instrument)
  • 1″ black 3-ring binder with pockets
  • Mechanical pencils

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Advanced Strings

Ages 9-Adult
Time: 5:00-5:55 on Tuesday
Instructor: Linda McArthur
Price per year: $175

Class Description:
Advanced musicians will build on their previous foundations in Beginning Strings. Students will continue the development of correct right and left hand techniques and posture.

Students will learn to play tunes by ear as well as learning to read music notation. Students will also learn bowing techniques, ear training, intonation, and music theory.

Students will learn to read rhythms, how to produce various dynamic and articulative styles as well as musical sensitivity and performance skills.

Students are requested to practice their instrument on a daily basis for 15 – 30 minutes or more. Parents are strongly encouraged to support their young students by maintaining a good practice routine, praising good effort, and listening to music at home. Your teacher will have resources to compliment this aspect of your child’s musical education. Mid-week lessons available as requested.

Cost of the class includes $175 tuition for the year and students will provide their own instrument and instruction book (see additional supplies).

Additional supplies:

  • Instrument (use local vendors or contact instructor for assistance)
  • Essential Elements Book 2 (for your instrument)
  • 1″ black 3-ring binder with pockets
  • Mechanical pencils

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Beginning Guitar

Ages 10-Adult
Time: 6:00-6:55 on Tuesday
Instructor: Mark Ramsey
Price per year: $195

Class Description:

This course will focus on developing skills for beginner guitar players. Areas of course instruction will include:

  • Guitar Structure & Nomenclature 
  • Proper hand position
  • Basic open chords (maybe some bar chords)
  • Basic theory: 6 major scales and the chords that fit them (how to play in a Key)
  • Basic Strum Patterns
  • Some Basic Finger Picking Patterns

Course Objectives:

  • Develop a working knowledge of the guitar
  • Develop an understanding of proper playing technique
  • Learn chord patterns
  • Learn finger picking patterns
  • Learn to change chords on the beat and play through a song
  • Engender a love for playing guitar

The cost of this class includes $175 tuition for the year and supply fee of $20 per student for instructional materials.

Additional supplies:

  • Bring your own guitar

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Chamber Orchestra

Ages 12-Adult
Time: 6:00-7:00 on Tuesday
Instructor: Linda McArthur
Price per year: $175

Class Description:

Chamber Orchestra will be a fun, high level music making ensemble. Advanced
String players including violin, viola, cello and string bass players are invited to
enroll. Concerts will be held in cooperation with the Hill Country Chamber
Orchestra and other classical musicians in the Hill Country Community. Musicians
will be asked to make a commitment of their attendance and at home practice
time.

Prerequisites:

Completion of Advanced Strings Level I OR Musicians who can 1) Sight Read level 1 music with various rhythm patterns and bowings, 2) Play in time signatures (4/4,3/4, 6/8) and 3) Play in key signatures (C, G, D, F).

The cost of this class includes $175 tuition for the year.

Additional supplies:

  • Instrument
  • Music Folder
  • Pencil 

Dance

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Foundations in Dance 1

Ages 4-5+ (this class may be taken for ages up to 6yo if the dancer has had no prior ballet/tap experience)
Time: 4:00-4:45 on Tuesday
Instructor: Stefany Nelson (with assistant teacher)
Price per year: $225

Class Description:
This class, for both boys and girls, will introduce the basics of ballet & tap technique, choreography and dance expression. Students will learn how to express themselves through dance while using proven techniques as well as learn scripture to music. This is an extremely effective tool to memorize scripture and introduce children to praise in the form of dance. We will also work on beginning to understand what it means to have a healthy lifestyle as a dancer. Music used will be inspirational and/or Christian music as they learn basic ballet & tap terminology. No previous experience is needed. This class will have one performance in the Spring and other possible opportunities to perform, such as in events for the holidays and in worship services. Cost of the class includes $175 tuition for the year and $50 costume fee. See additional costs below.

Additional supplies/costs:

  • ballet slippers & tap shoes
  • tights and leotard
  • hair always up and out of the face

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Foundations in Dance 2

Ages 6-7
Time: 4:00-4:45 on Tuesday
Instructor: Stefany Nelson (with assistant teacher)
Price per year: $225

Class Description:
This class, for both boys and girls, will build on the basics of ballet & tap technique, boost confidence with more challenging choreography as well as continuing to work on understanding what it means to have a healthy lifestyle as a dancer. Students will build on their knowledge of dance expression while also learning more scripture to music. This is an extremely effective tool to memorize scripture and introduce children to praise in the form of dance. Music used will be inspirational and/or Christian music as they expand their knowledge of ballet & tap terminology and music theory terms. Ballet/tap experience is highly recommended (Foundations 1 is available for any dancer who has not had prior experience). This class will have one performance in the Spring and other possible opportunities to perform, such as in events for the holidays and in worship services. Cost of the class includes $175 tuition for the year and $50 costume fee. See additional costs below.

Additional supplies/costs:

    • ballet slippers & tap shoes
    • tights and leotard
    • hair always up and out of the face

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Lyrical Praise 2

Ages 8-12
Time: 6:00-6:55 on Tuesday
Instructor: Tenisha Graham
Price per year: $235

Class Description:
This class will expand upon a base of ballet and lyrical techniques and will give students the skills to further their technique and performance skills. Students will learn scripture to music and multi-part choreography. This class hopes to connect the dancer with God as they learn to dance as a form of worship. Students will have one performance in the Spring and other possible opportunities to perform in worship services. Class cost includes $175 tuition for the year and $60 costume fee. See additional costs below.

Additional supplies/costs:

  • tan pull on type jazz shoes.
  • spiral notebook and pen or pencil

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Lyrical Praise 3

Ages 12-Adult
Time: 5:00-5:55 on Tuesday
Instructor: Tenisha Graham
Price per year: $235

Class Description:
This class will continue to expand ballet and lyrical techniques and will give students the skills to further their technique and performance skills. Students will learn scripture to music and complicated, multi-part choreography. This class hopes to connect the dancer with God as they learn to dance as a form of worship. Students will have one performance in the Spring and other possible opportunities to perform in worship services. Class cost includes $175 tuition for the year and $60 costume fee. See additional costs below.

Additional supplies/costs:

  • tan pull on type jazz shoes.
  • spiral notebook and pen or pencil

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Hip-Hop 1

Ages 7-11
Time: 5:00-5:55 on Tuesday
Instructor: Stefany Nelson
Price per year: $205

Class Description:
Through mainly contemporary Christian music, the goal of this class is to lead the student to process their daily thoughts in a positive manner and find a way to express themselves in the form of dance and freestyle. As an introductory class, there is no experience necessary. All that is needed is a student with a heart willing to learn from life experiences and is wanting to build a close relationship with God through dance as a form of worship.  Any music out of the contemporary Christian music realm will be used only after approval from all parents of students. This class will have one performance in the Spring and other possible opportunities to perform in worship services and outside holiday events. Cost of the class includes $175 tuition for the year and $30 costume fee. See additional costs below.

Additional supplies/costs:

  • Comfortable sneakers or ‘kicks’ with strong foot/ankle support and flexibility (NOT Converse or Vans)
  • Knee pads (when necessary)
  • Loose-fitting clothes for allowing greater movement (best when not wearing constricting clothes such as workout tights)

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Hip-Hop 2

Ages 11*-Adult (*If younger than 11, they may still join this class with teacher approval.)
Time: 6:00-6:55 on Tuesday
Instructor: Stefany Nelson
Price per year: $205

Class Description:
This class is meant to expand upon a general knowledge of rhythm and different hip-hop styles to give students the skill to further their form and performance skills as well as feel empowered to express themselves confidently in freestyle dance. Contemporary Christian music will be used with multi-part choreography meant to challenge any dancer, despite age or experience. Any music out of the contemporary Christian music realm will be used only after approval from all parents of students. Students will learn scripture through relevant music and will continue growing to understand what it means to have a relationship with God through dance. This class will have one performance in the Spring and other possible opportunities to perform in worship services and outside holiday events. Cost of the class includes $175 tuition for the year and $30 costume fee. See additional costs below.

Additional supplies/costs:

  • Comfortable sneakers or ‘kicks’ with strong foot/ankle support and flexibility (NOT Converse or Vans)
  • Knee pads (when necessary)
  • Loose-fitting clothes for allowing greater movement (best when not wearing constricting clothes such as workout tights)

Writing

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Creative Writing/Publishing

Ages 14-Adult
Time: 6:00-6:55 on Tuesday
Instructor: Julien Jamar
Price per year: $175

Class Description:
How do you get that book out of your head and down on paper? Then, how do you get it into the hands of people who need to read it? This writing course will move through the process of writing your book, building your online presence, publishing your book and finding the right marketing strategies. The lessons will be fun, fast-paced and full of information. Each student will need a computer with word processing software. 

Additional supplies/costs:

  • Laptop with word processing software.
  • email account