Music, Drama


All private lessons: voice, piano, instrumental, guitar, and strings, are billed through HERO.  The cost is ($17.00 per lesson for a total of $272 semester).  Your student  must be registered for a minimum of 1 class per semester in order to participate in our private music lessons.  All Music lessons will be billed through HERO and added to your invoice.  Information on each of the instructors can be found by clicking the link on their name.


Music FUNdamentals - Instructor:  TBA

Course Description:

This is a general introduction to music covering a broad spectrum of topics. Be prepared to move and have fun in the class!  Students will learn music fundamentals through games, activities, singing , clapping, acting out and playing a variety of percussion instruments.  Will also learn basic music theory and music history through listening lessons of the classics along with being introduced to composers.     

Supplies needed for this course:

The students will need a binder; colored pencils, crayons, or markers for various activities; and plain paper.  A small fee of $12 will be charged (at the open house) for copies of materials and songs.   The students will also be making percussion instruments during the year and will be asked to provide those materials from home.

Grading Information:

Students will be evaluated regarding participation, attendance, and written assignments..     .          

Guidelines for Success:

  • Class participation:  Students will demonstrate participation by answering questions, participating in music listening/performing and written activities.

  • Class attendance:  Students will demonstrate attendance by being on-time for class and by being prepared for class with materials ready.

  • Written assignments:  Students will complete occasional worksheets in class or at home.


Traditional (Elementary) Choir I - Instructor: - Debra Stokes  - Grade 3-6

HERO Class Syllabus for 2016-2017

 Course Text:  Various Sources

Course Description:

This group will learn a variety of music - from classical to popular. Students should be prepared to perform both within and outside of the classroom. There is a Christmas concert as well as a spring concert in May.  Basic singing skills will be taught, as well as notation, rhythm, and listening for blend.  Music will consist of rounds, unison, and 2-part singing.     

Supplies needed for this course:

A packet of materials  will be purchased at the open house at the cost of $20 that will cover the cost of 5 pieces of music and copies of additional materials.  Please provide your students with a 3-binder as well.  For students continuing on for thesecond semester or those joining the second semester there will also be a fee of $15 for new music and materials.    

Grading Information :

Students will be evaluated according to their attendance, performance, participation, concert attendance.   Performance attendance will count for 30% of the grade.  In the case of missing a performance due to illness or other unavoidable circumstances, a written report may make up some of the grade that I will recommend for the grading period.

Guidelines for Success:

·        Class participation:  Students will demonstrate participation by answering questions, participating in music listening/performing and completing class work.

·        Class attendance:  Students will demonstrate attendance by being on-time for class and by being prepared for class with materials ready.

·        Concert Attendance:  Students will be expected to attend performances.  Those dates are to be determined at this time.  There will be a concert this winter as well as in the Spring.  We will send information to you as soon as we have those dated established.


Traditional Choir  (7-12) - Instructor: Debra Stokes  - Grade 7-12

HERO Class Syllabus  2016-2017

Course Text:  Various Sources

Course Description: 
This group will learn a variety of music - from classical to popular. Students should be prepared to perform both within and outside of the classroom. There is a Christmas concert as well as a spring concert in May. The students will be learning basic vocal production skills through vocal and sight-singing exercises.  We will also be reviewing and learning basic music theory.  
Supplies needed for this course: 
A packet of materials will be purchased at the open house at the cost of $20 that will cover the cost of 5 pieces of music and copies of additional materials.  Please provide your students with a 3-ring binder.  For students continuing on for the second semester or those joining the second semester there will also be a fee of $15 for new music and materials.  
Grading Information:   The students will be graded on performance, participation in class, attendance, and written assignments.  A percentage grade will be given.  %30 percent of the recommended grade will be based on performance attendance.  In the case of illness or other unavoidable circumstances, a written report may make-up some of this grade.
Guidelines for Success:
•    Class participation:  Students will demonstrate participation by answering questions, participating in music listening/performing and completing class work.  As we work to learn music for performance, we become a team.  When a student fails to attend the performances, it hurts and disappoints the rest of the team.  
•    Class attendance:  Students will demonstrate attendance by being on-time for class and by being prepared for class with materials ready.  All students will be required to attend performances that take place in December and May.  The dates are yet to be determined and you will be informed of those dates as soon as that information is available.  
•    Practice:  Music for performance will be memorized.  Students will be expected to spend time outside of class practicing in order for this to be accomplished.


Jazz Ensemble - Instructor: Mr. Lackas - Grades 7-12

In this course students will prepare and perform music in a variety of styles including swing, Latin, funk, and blues.  This includes learning proper technique; developing good tone, intonation, and expression; learning how to balance yourself and work within a group; theory-including scales, the cycle of 4ths, music terms, rhythms; improvisation; and especially, enjoying making good music.  The jazz ensemble will perform throughout the year at various sites including Mall of American, nursing homes, HERO concerts, and churches.  Students are admitted based on audition.  Contact the instructor, Tim Lackas to arrange an audition 612-719-2533 or tim.lackas@gmail.com

  • Class participation:  Students will demonstrate participation by answering questions, participating in music listening/performing and completing class work.

  • Class attendance:  Students will demonstrate attendance by being on-time for class and by being prepared for class with materials ready.

  • Written assignments:  Occasionally, students will complete various worksheet assignments in class or at home.

  • Concert Attendance:  Students will be expected to attend the performances.  Performance dates TBD.    

Band and Orchestra Ensembles, Instrumental Lessons, Contemporary (Select) Choir, Piano Lessons on Monday and Tuesday (c) 612-719-2533.

Mr. Lackas has a music education degree from the University of Minnesota and has a current Minnesota teaching license.  He has been an educator, performer and composer in the Twin Cities for the past 24 years.  He has written for, recorded and performed with a wide variety of groups and vocalists.  He was a staff musician for many years at Hosanna Lutheran Church and currently plays for several area churches and the Century Jazz ensemble.  Tim also play with his own jazz group, the CC Septet, which has released three CD's of original jazz and can be heard on KBEM 88.5.


Beginning Band - Instructor:  Mr. Lackas - Grades 5-12

In this course students will prepare and perform music in a variety of styles while building skills on their instrument.  This includes learning proper technique; developing good tone, intonation and expression: learning how to balance yourself and work within a group; basic theory-including scales, note reading, music terms, and rhythms; especially, enjoying making good music.  This group will perform throughout the year at various stiles including Mall of America, nursing homes, and HERO concerts.  All band members must be signed up for group or private lessons.  You can contact the instructor at tim.lackas@gmail.com


Orchestra - Instructor: Mr. Lackas - Grades 6-12

In this course students will prepare and perform music in a variety of styles including; classical, scared, folk, bluegrass and Celtic.  We will also occasionally combine with other groups to form a pops orchestra.  We will focus on learning proper technique; developing good tone, intonation and expression; learning how to balance yourself and work within a group; theory-including scales, music terms, rhythms; and especially, enjoying making good music.  The orchestra will perform throughout the year at various sites including Mall of American, nursing homes, HERO concerts, and churches.  Students are admitted based on audition. Contact the instructor, Tim Lackas to arrange an audition 612-719-2533 or email at: tim.lackas@gmail.com

Band and Orchestra Ensembles, Instrumental Lessons, Contemporary (Select) Choir, Piano Lessons on Monday and Tuesday (c) 612-719-2533.

Mr. Lackas has a music education degree from the University of Minnesota and has a current Minnesota teaching license.  He has been an educator, performer and composer in the Twin Cities for the past 24 years.  He has written for, recorded and performed with a wide variety of groups and vocalists.  He was a staff musician for many years at Hosanna Lutheran Church and currently plays for several area churches and the Century Jazz ensemble.  Tim also play with his own jazz group, the CC Septet, which has released three CD's of original jazz and can be heard on KBEM 88.5.


Piano Lessons - Instructors:  Tim Lackas , Kristi McNellis, Valerie Henning

Course Description for Piano Lessons

Our goal is for each student to gain a solid understanding of the basic concepts of music, to play a wide variety of repertoire as beautifully and as well as possible, and to ultimately be able to teach him or herself; so that piano will become an enjoyable lifelong interest.

There is an opportunity for students to perform in a Christmas concert in December. There is a spring recital that students are asked to participate in.

The teacher will purchase any necessary books for students which will be billed to parents once each semester. Most beginning students will play out of the Faber and Faber Piano Adventures series and intermediate and advanced students will study music from Baroque, Classical, Romanic, and Modern eras.

A metronome is strongly recommended for home practice. Keyboards are acceptable for the first lesson book, but a piano or full size touch sensitive keyboard with pedals is necessary to build finger strength and proper technique once students reach level 2. If it is not possible to have a full size piano in your home, please try to arrange for your child to practice on an acoustic piano or full size keyboard at least once a week at a friend or relative's house.For more information or to arrange for lessons contact the teacher directly via email or phone.

Private piano lessons are available on Monday, and Tuesday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Your child will be exposed to a variety of repertoire, music theory, ear training, composition, sight reading, and music history. Our goal is for students to become proficient pianists and to develop a deep appreciation and love for music. To schedule your child for lessons please call Tim 612-719-2533 or tim.lackas@gmail.com , Valerie 612-868-8394 (cell) or vlhennig@outlook.com or Kristi McNellis, 651-228-9644 (h) or 612-860-6877 (c) mcnellispiano@yahoo.com

Kristi McNellis is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music and holds a B.A. in Piano Performance and Nursing from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD.  She has over 17 years of teaching experience, including teaching at Home Educator’s Resource Organization (HERO) in Forest Lake..  Kristi is an active member of the Minnesota Music Teachers Association, a Founding Teacher for The Music Development Program in North America, and serves as the Board President for the Association of Professional Piano Instructors.

Valerie Hennig is a new piano teacher at HERO this year. She has taught piano lessons for 16+ years in the Twin Cities. She received her Piano Performance Degree (BM) at Wartburg College with a minor in religion. She has accompanied many choirs, instrumentalists and soloists throughout the years. She also played organ at a church in White Bear Lake for 15 years. She lives in Vadnais Heights with her husband, Andy and three children. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking, taking road trips with the family and has recently started taking harp lessons - a life long dream!  She is looking forward to teaching piano lessons to the families at HERO this year from beginner to advanced. Let the music making being!    Valerie 612-868-8394 (cell) or vlhennig@outlook.com


Band, strings, and instrumental lessons - Instructor: Mr. Lackas

Lessons available Monday and Tuesday.  You can contact the instructor at tim.lackas@gmail.com or call Mr. Lackas at 651-433-4076 to arrange for lesson times. Contact the instructor to arrange a time for your student's lesson.  Call Tim at (651) 433-4076.  The instructor has his degree in music education from the U of M and a valid MN teaching licenses.  He has taught privately for twenty years, composes and arranges, and has recorded and performed with many Twin Cities ensembles and vocalists. 

Band and Orchestra Ensembles, Instrumental Lessons, Contemporary (Select) Choir, Piano Lessons on Monday and Tuesday (c) 612-719-2533.

Mr. Lackas has a music education degree from the University of Minnesota and has a current Minnesota teaching license.  He has been an educator, performer and composer in the Twin Cities for the past 24 years.  He has written for, recorded and performed with a wide variety of groups and vocalists.  He was a staff musician for many years at Hosanna Lutheran Church and currently plays for several area churches and the Century Jazz ensemble.  Tim also play with his own jazz group, the CC Septet, which has released three CD's of original jazz and can be heard on KBEM 88.5.


Guitar Lessons - Instructor: Mr. Warndahl

Lessons available Monday and Tuesday. You can contact the instructor Mr. Warndahl at 651-500-5111 to arrange for lesson times. Call instructor for lesson times.

Honoring God in the art of music; striving for excellence of all levels; building a structure of tempo and rhythm; putting the tools (scales, chords, and theory) in your hands to be creative; to be original in the music you play.  I would like for you to learn, experience, and have fun with music.  

To schedule a lesson email Troy at: guitarteacher123@hotmail.com  or call Mr. Warndahl at 651- 500-5911.

Mr. Warndahl has been teaching guitar at HERO for ten years. He teaches students techniques for faster guitar learning, resulting in early satisfaction. Students learn techniques to be effective and efficient, making practice more enjoyable. Students will get to know the entire guitar neck to be able to access any chord anywhere at any time.


Group Instrumental Lessons - Instructor:  Tim Lackas

Group Woodwind lessons: This is a class for beginning saxophone, clarinet and flute players. We will learn how to assemble and care for our instruments and start the journey of learning to play music. We will study note reading, rhythm, terms and basic theory. At the end of the term we will play a group concert with the other group lesson classes as a full band. This class is intended as an introduction to Band the following year. There will be a book to purchase. Call instructor about info on renting or purchasing an instrument. Tim Lackas  (c)  612-719-2533 tim.lackas@gmail.com   

Group Brass lessons: This is a class for beginning trumpet and trombone players. We will learn how to assemble and care for our instruments and start the journey of learning to play music. We will study note reading, rhythm, terms and basic theory. At the end of the term we wil play a group concert with the other group lesson classes as a full band. This class is intended as an introduction to Band the following year. There will be a book to purchase. Call instructor about info on renting or purchasing an instrument. Tim Lackas (c)  612-719-2533  tim.lackas@gmail.com   

Group Percussion lessons (drums): This is a class for beginning percussion players. We will learn how to assemble and care for our instruments and start the journey of learning to play music. We will study note reading, rhythm, terms and basic theory. At the end of the term we will play a group concert with the other group lesson classes as a full band. This class is intended as an introduction to Band the following year. There will be a book to purchase. Call instructor about info on renting or purchasing an instrument. Tim Lackas (c)  612-719-2533 tim.lackas@gmail.com  

Group String lessons: This is a class for beginning violin, viola and cello players. We will learn how to assemble and care for our instruments and start the journey of learning to play music. We will study note reading, rhythm, terms and basic theory. At the end of the term we will play a group concert with the other group lesson classes as a full band. This class is intended as an introduction to Orchestra the following year. There will be a book to purchase. Call instructor about info on renting or purchasing an instrument. Tim Lackas (c) 651612-719-2533 tim.lackas@gmail.com   


Voice Lessons -  Instructor: Debra Stokes 

 

Debra Stokes of Centerville is a classical pianist, teacher, and accompanist who also has a background in choral conducting and voice. She graduated from Wheaton College with a Bachelor's of Music degree in Piano Performance and went on to pursue a Master's at the University of Minnesota. At Wheaton, Debra participated in the Concert Choir, took voice lessons, and accompanied singers. In the years since, she has directed church choirs and continued singing as well as playing and teaching. Her husband and daughters are also musicians and enjoy playing together for weddings, church services, and other special events. 
 

Debra Stokes, 612-749-2211 or dmgstokes@gmail.com 


Beginning Acting, Monday - Instructor:   Pastor Randy Gamer  - Grades 3-5

Course Title: Beginning Acting Grades 3-5 (This is a full year class)

Course Description: In this class, students will be introduced to the basic concepts of theater arts.  Students will use various creative drama techniques to build confidence and trust, stimulate imagination, movement, and role-play.  Through theater games and activities students will learn to gain trust in themselves as well as others in their groups.  Students will learn and use drama and theater vocabulary in class discussions and the activities will specifically address the promotion and reinforcement of students' literacy skills.   Students will exhibit and reinforce their skills through individual and group exercises, presentations, performances, script and journal writing, as well as other creative aspects of the theater!

Supplies: Each actor will need comfortable and modest clothes to move in.  A notebook and pencil must be brought to each class.  A small travel suitcase for personal props and costumes will be needed, as well.  This can be a cheap and simple case but best with wheels and a handle!  Any props needed for the performance(s) will be made by the class or supported by the stage production students in second semester.   Costumes will be acquired by borrowing from family and friends and cheaply purchased at thrift stores. Student and parents will be required to do their own search for the costumes and the instructor will do her best to assist!          


Drama/Theatre - Instructor:  Pastor Randy Gamer- Grades 6-12

A Drama/Theatre is a look into the Actors perspective and identity of the character. Using technique to create and shape the character. Students will get the opportunity to work through and audition with a monologue with a focus on a final one act play that will be performed at the end of the semester. Along with acting techniques students will also be required to participate in other areas of the production process.

Supplies needed for this course:

Clothing to move in, preferably no skirts. (Active wear is highly recommended for everyday of class)

Students will be required to provide their own costumes with guidance from the instructor