Timberlane Arts & Dance
        AcademyMusic Division

  Music Education Makes Our Day!


The Guitar Department offers instruction in all levels in group and private settings.  The recommended age to begin guitar instruction is six.  Any students younger than six will have an interview with the instructor before acceptance.  Lessons encompass all styles of music from classical, jazz, blues, country to rock.  Instruction is offered on either acoustic or electric guitars, privately or in groups.  Bass guitar students generally begin at the age of ten.  During the semester folk, classical and rock ensembles are often formed.

Instrumental: (Bass, Woodwind and Percussion)
  The Instrumental Department is a vital, integrated component of Stubbs' Music Center.  The recommended age for beginning an instrument is nine. All instructional materials used are standard literature based on the following criteria: ability, variety, and the individual's school assignments.  We work closely with the area Band Directors to assist in preparing students for band requirements. Solos are selected from the Florida Bandmasters Association required listings.

Piano:  Students may begin in our Piano Department at the age of four through adulthood.  All levels are taught and all styles of music are taught.  In either group, private or a combination of group and private lessons.
  1. Group instruction is highly recommended for all beginning students and meets one hour per week plus a theory class.  Group lessons encompass interaction among students by performance, games, rhythmic movement, ensembles and private time with instructor.  Group instruction provides a positive learning environment.  Group instruction usually motivates students in a positive and fun manner.  Also, group instruction has many benefits for the shy student's development in self-esteem and self- confidence.  Group students often add biweekly private lessons.  Our philosophy is for students to be placed in their best learning environment.  If the student, parent or teacher is not pleased with group instruction, the student may change to partner or private lessons.  A 45- minute partner lesson is offered when two students are not able to fit in a group lesson with the payment being the same as a 30 minute private lesson. 
  2. Private instruction is offered for student's beginning at four years of age.  The beginning student has a thirty-minute lesson per week and a 30-minute theory class.  Depending upon the commitment, ability and level students are encouraged to extend their weekly lesson time to 45 to 60 minute lessons.
  3. Group and Private combinations are offered for those students desiring to have multiple lessons per week, a 60-minute group lesson, a 30-minute private lesson and  30-minute theory classes are taken each week.
  4. 4-5 year old group classes meet one hour per week with 3-5 students per class.

Strings:  (Cello. Viola, and Violin):
  The Suzuki, Traditional and Fiddle Methods are taught at Stubbs' Music Center.  We accept string students at the age of five in group or private lessons.  Potential students younger than five will be interviewed.  After the interview enrollment will be based upon the decision of the instructor.  Parents are encouraged to attend lessons of students younger than 3rd grade.  It has been demonstrated that students' progress at a faster rate when they have a practice partner at home.

Theory:  All students in grades 1 - 12 take music theory class for two hours per month, usually 30 minutes per week.  To accomplish the goal of developing total musicians, this part of our instruction is very important.  Theory instruction is recommended for five year olds and adults but not required.  This class is for skill development in music fundamentals, ear training, music terminology, music history and theory concepts.  These skills are taught through the use of computers, written worksheets, faculty discussions and music games.  There are thirteen levels in theory curriculum.  The average student takes six to nine months to complete each level.  These classes are fast moving, fun and give additional time for building the musical skills that are so important in the development of the total musician.  After the age of twelve, students and parents are encouraged to arrange a variable theory schedule of attending biweekly for one hour or once per month for two hours.  This schedule must be prearranged with the theory chairperson.  It is recommended to be done between the hours of six and eight p.m. Beginning at age twelve, students may take a comprehensive theory class during the summer for twenty-three hours instead of taking the weekly theory class during the academic year.  When a student has demonstrated proficiency in all thirteen levels, continuing theory becomes optional.  Most students that complete the thirteen levels are able to exempt the first two years of college theory requirement.
Voice:  The students are taught both proper singing technique and a variety of song styles.  Students will learn correct breathing technique, diction, vowel production, tone quality, and how a well-rounded  repertoire of songs.  Students will learn Broadway, folk, pop, opera, and art songs.  The age of eight will be interviewed by the voice instructor.
Jingle Jam Classes:  Jingle Jam is a unique high-quality music education program created for children ages 6 months to 5 years of age.  The goal is to provide your child the opportunity to sing, play, develop rhythmic skills and share music with their peers in a positive and caring environment.  Our vision is to instill the love of music in your child and we are committed to excellence in childhood music education.  Visit their website by clicking the above logo for 
                                                                                       more information.
Summer Camps:  A variety of summer camps/workshops are offered.  More information is available during March (see camp page).

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