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: Mrs. Joy Davis- Grade 1-3

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: - Mrs. Davis - Grade 3-6

HERO Class Syllabus for 2016-2017

 Course Text:  Various Sources

Course Instructor: Laura Davis   

E-mail:  lauradavis.mn@gmail.com

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: Mrs. Davis - Grade 7-12

HERO Class Syllabus  2016-2017

Course Text:  Various Sources

Course Instructor: Laura Davis  

E-Mail :  lauradavis.mn@gmail.com

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, Laura Davis, Kristi McNellis

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,,  Laura at daledavis@comcast.net  (651) 484-1499 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.


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

Lessons available Monday on Mondays with Joy Davis email: singerjoymn@gmail.com  and  on Tuesdays with Laura Davis email: daledavis@comcast.net if you would like more information or call Laura Davis at 651-484-1499

Laura Davis received her degree in Music Education with an emphasis in vocal performance from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  She has taught in St. Charles, Illinois and Waterloo, Iowa, and since 1985 has worked as a private voice and piano instructor.  Her choral experience includes the Les Hale Chorale of Cedar Falls, Iowa, the Colorado Springs Chorale, the Pikes Peak Chorale and various church choirs. Ms.Davis also sang first soprano,toured and recorded three albums with Re’Generation, a premier Christian vocal group. 

Laura is currently a member of the Two Rivers Chorale and is active in the worship choir and vocal ensembles at Calvary Church in Roseville.

Since living in the Twin Cities she has participated in six missions trips to Ukraine – four with a women’s ensemble from Calvary Church and two with Evangelion (a pro-fessional quality chorale).

Joy Worley Davis received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1997. She has performed in many operas and operettas (light operas) as a coloratura soprano in such roles as “Gretel” in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Blonde in Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio, and “Casilda” in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers She competed in many vocal competitions and received awards along the way. Mrs. Davis has also held a position as the Worship Leader at Bethany Baptist Church in Roseville, MN and periodic worship leader at Meadow Creek Church in Andover. She has performed numerous times as a soloist as well as with the trio “Tribute” at the annual Christmas concert at Meadow Creek Church and throughout the year. She has experience performing classical music and musical theater along with contemporary Christian, country and pop. She has taught elementary music / choir at Grace Fellowship Cottage Classes in Brooklyn Park and done vocal coaching and voice lessons along the way. Mrs. Davis currently lives in Ham Lake, MN with her husband, 3 daughters, that she homeschools, and 3 dogs.


Beginning Acting, Monday - Instructor:  Mrs. Ebner - 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 theatre arts.  Students will use various creative drama techniques to build confidence and trust, stimulate imagination, movement, and role-play.  Through theatre 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 theatre 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 theatre!

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!           


Stage Production Class        Tuesday 3:00-4:00     Insttructors:  Mike Tischler, Kathy Ebner, and Kathy Stow

 This class will be offered second semester.

Have you ever wanted to be part of a stage production, but not necessarily on the stage?  This class is for you!  Help make the HERO play a success. The semester will be divided into three parts. You will help build the sets, props, and costumes integral to every play.  Put your artistic abilities to good use!  This would be a great introduction to shop, art or sewing class as well.  Come see what’s going on backstage!

Additional supply fee required.


Drama/Theatre - Instructor:  Pastor Granger  - 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

Textbooks:  A Theater workbook and Respect for Acting by Uta Hagen along with a copy of the script.  These can all be purchased at the HERO bookstore.