Bible icon Business icon Communication icon Education icon Languages icon Fine arts icon History icon International studies icon Nursing icon Social sciences icon Biology & environmental science icon Chemistry icon Criminal justice icon Engineering icon Exercise science icon Forensics icon Bachelor's to master's icon Math & computer science icon Professional preparation icon Undergraduate minors icon Email icon Facebook icon Twitter icon LinkedIn icon Apple icon Calendar icon Diploma icon Piggy bank icon Students icon

Fine Arts Academy

Community music and art programs let us share our resources, knowledge and love of creation.

Registration is now open for the Spring 2023 Fine Arts Academy classes! Registration will close Dec. 16 at midnight. 

Classes begin the week of Jan. 24, 2023.

The Waynesburg University Fine Arts Academy consists of community-based, non-credit courses and is open to anyone wanting to study comprehensive collegiate music and/or visual art taught by our current Waynesburg University professors.

Youth scholarships (must be under 18) have been made available through funding from the EQT Foundation.

Available in Spring 2023

Music Classes ($250)

GROUP SETTING
Pre-Twinkle I Music Class


Ages: Pre-School (limited to 2-3 students)
Instructor: 
Sara Beattie
Days/Times: Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Pre-Twinkle classes provide opportunities for very young children to explore music in a fun and positive group environment while developing basic musicianship and readiness skills for success in the Suzuki approach. This class uses games, singing, dancing and other movements to prepare preschool children for the more complex skills involved with learning to play the violin, viola or cello. This approach offers hands-on experience for the teacher and student and time for training the parent as a home teacher. Since parental involvement is an integral part of the Suzuki method, parent attendance is required at all classes.


Pre-Twinkle II Music Class


Ages: Pre-School (limited to 2-3 students)
Instructor: 
Sara Beattie
Days/Times: Thursdays from 12 - 1 p.m.

This is a continuation of Pre-Twinkle I. Pre-Twinkle classes provide opportunities for very young children to explore music in a fun and positive group environment while developing basic musicianship and readiness skills for success in the Suzuki approach. This class uses games, singing, dancing and other movements to prepare preschool children for the more complex skills involved with learning to play the violin, viola or cello. This approach offers hands-on experience for the teacher and student and time for training the parent as a home teacher. Since parental involvement is an integral part of the Suzuki method, parent attendance is required at all classes.


James D. Randolph Kiltie Band

To join the "Band" is FREE!
*Private instruction for beginners falls under the instrument lessons below and will cost $350 for 10, 30-minute lessons.

Ages: Any and all!
Instructor: 
Jeremy Olisar
Days/Times: Wednesday evenings from 6:30 - 8:10 p.m.
    6:30 -7:20 p.m. - Intermediate/Advanced Bagpipers and All Drummers
    7:20 - 8:10 p.m. - Beginning Bagpipers

Traditional Bagpipes, Drums and Kilt wearin'! The James D. Randolph Kiltie Band, established in the Spring of 2013 and named in the late "Fuzzy's" honor, strives to keep Scottish pipe and drum music alive on campus and in the community. These group lessons and rehearsals are for beginner through advanced bagpipers and drummers with membership being open to Waynesburg University students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as community members. No prior music experience is required, though private lessons may be recommended for new players before participating in full-group rehearsals and performances. We look forward to having you join us!


Jazz Ensemble (FREE!)

Ages: High School and Adult
Instructor: 
Jeremy Olisar
Days/Times: Tuesday evenings from 6:30 - 8:10 p.m.

This class focuses on group rehearsal and performance development through the musical genre of jazz for intermediate and advanced saxophone, trumpet, trombone and rhythm section players*. Students will work on developing an enhanced proficiency in music reading, tone production, articulation, musicality and individual technique; an enhanced proficiency in ensemble techniques, such as entrances, releases, group articulations, dynamics, balance and blend, and musicality and phrasing; knowledge of different jazz styles and the means to express themselves artistically through a variety of standard, the quality repertoire for JazzEnsemble; and the ability to create improvisatory solos.

Students are expected to attend and come prepared to all rehearsals, as well as perform during the end-of-semester concert (Tuesday at 7 p.m., date TBD). Students will need to have their own instrument in good playing condition, as well as any necessary accessories (reeds, neck strap, mutes, drumsticks, etc.). An ensemble folder, music and pencil will be provided and need to be brought weekly to rehearsals. We look forward to having you join us!

* Students learning a new instrument or at the beginning level should sign up for individual lessons first. As spots are given priority to current Waynesburg University students, FAA students may be contacted if a spot they are interested in is already filled to see if they are interested in covering another spot.


Lamplighters Concert Choir (FREE!)

This course is available to any student or Waynesburg community member committed to the rehearsal and performance of choral music at Waynesburg University. No previous choral experience is required. It is strongly recommended that you are evaluated by the director for pitch-matching skills before you join.

Members of the Lamplighters Concert Choir will learn and explore various types of choral repertoire as they prepare for annual University concerts, chapels and various events. Lamplighters Concert Choir Members are committed to using their performances for the enhancement of the University and the surrounding communities. The Lamplighters will continue a tradition of excellence in singing and performing with a strong focus on connecting their music with faith in God. The General Instructional Approach will be a combination of vocal warm-ups, sight-reading, part reading, sectionals, analyzing texts and musical form in choral pieces, and perfecting the execution of songs for performances.

Ages: 15-19
Instructor: 
Melanie Catana
Days/Times: Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5 - 6:15 p.m. during the Fall Semester
**This class will follow the University's Fall Semester Schedule**


Instrument Lessons ($350 / 10, 30-minute lessons)
 

CUSTOMIZABLE SCHEDULE WITH A ONE-ON-ONE APPROACH TO LEARNING
For All Ages

Woodwind Lessons
Instructor: Jeremy Olisar

Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon or *Bagpipe Lessons. This class focuses on instrumental development for beginner, intermediate and advanced woodwind players on flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, bassoon or bagpipes. Students will work on developing and mastering tone production, articulation, technique, musicality, theory, sight reading and improvisation through the use of a variety of scales, exercises, etudes and solo music. For less experienced students, basic embouchure and technique development, note and rhythm reading and performance accuracy will also be focused on. There may also be an optional opportunity for more advanced students to perform for an end-of-semester recital. Students will need to have their own instrument* in good playing condition, as well as any necessary accessories (reeds, neck strap, etc.).
* For bagpipe lessons, starting instruments and equipment are available to borrow.

Brass Lessons
Instructor: TBD

This class focuses on instrumental development for beginning and intermediate brass players on trumpet, french horn, trombone, baritone/euphonium or tuba. Students will work on developing and mastering tone production, articulation, technique, musicality, theory, sight reading and improvisation through the use of a variety of scales, exercises, etudes and solo music. For less experienced students, basic embouchure and technique development, note and rhythm reading and performance accuracy will also be focused on. Students will need to have their own instrument in good playing condition, as well as any necessary accessories (valve/slide oil, mutes, etc.).

Percussion Lessons
Instructor: Camilo Jauregui

Learn about drums, keyboards (mallets), marimba, vibraphone and Latin percussion or Symphonic percussion. Kids or adults with or without previous knowledge are welcome. Technical resources and information about how to practice and improve your musical skills will also be provided.

Guitar Lessons
Instructor: Scott Elliott

All level (beginner to advanced) lessons will be tailored to meet the student's knowledge level.

Violin, Viola or Cello Lessons
Instructor: Sara Beattie

All level (beginner to advanced) lessons will be tailored to meet the student's knowledge level.

Piano Lessons
Instructor: Sora Lee

All level (beginner to advanced) lessons will be tailored to meet the student's knowledge level.

Voice Lessons
Instructor: Melanie Catana

This course is offered to beginner and intermediate vocal students. Students will learn and refine the basics of vocal technique and production as they explore various types of vocal repertoire chosen to complement their individual vocal range and level of musical proficiency. Students will be coached by the instructor on pitch accuracy, rhythmic accuracy, diction, musicality, projection and dramatic delivery. 

Each student will be expected to learn 2 to 3 songs during the semester. There will be a requirement of one Italian Art Song, one song in English and one song of student choice agreed upon with the instructor. Lessons will be a combination of technical vocal exercises and the application of vocal techniques acquired in the select repertoire.

  • Registration & payment must be completed before a student may attend.
  • Private lesson schedules to be arranged between the students and instructors.
  • Refunds are not granted after the 3rd week of class.
  • Special requests should be made in writing to the Fine Arts Department Chair.
  • For more information email Emily Wiedner.