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 Theory I - Instructor:  Dave Hoehl - Grades 8-12

Focused for the high school music student (9-12), this course explores the elements of musical composition.  Musical vocabulary, ear training, rudiments of notation, harmonic structures, and the relationship of keys and their signature are discussed.  This course is a must for music students who want to learn the basics of composition and arranging.  It is also a great accompaniment to help students in their musical understanding and performance. 


Intermediate Music Theory II - Instructor: Dave Hoehl - Grades 8-12

Focused for the high school music student in grades 8-12. This course continues to explore the elements of musical composition. Musical vocabulary, ear training, rudiments of notation, harmonic structures, the relationship of keys and their signatures, and writing for voices or instruments are discussed. This course is a must for music students who want to learn the basics of composition and arranging. It is also a great accompaniment to help students in their musical understanding and performance.

Prerequisite: Students must be taking vocal music lessons or a large group instrumental/vocal class. They must also have successfully completed Music Theory I or have teacher approval.

Students are required to complete weekly homework assignments and any projects of the instructor’s choice. Periodic test will be given



The History of Electronic Music - Instructor:  Dave Hoehl - Grades 9-12

This course is the study of how the use of electricity has influenced musical composition and performance during the last 200+ years.  The development of electronic musical instruments and their creators, as well as the influence of the computer on electronic musical development are discussed.  The student will also be exposed to electronic music used in various musical genres and styles, and current musical software.  This course is aimed at the high school mucisi students (9-12)


Traditional (Elementary) Choir I - Instructor: - Austin Lewis- 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: Austin Lewis- 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,  Debra Stokes

Individual Piano Lessons - Course Description

Teaching Philosophy:

Individual weekly lessons provide the opportunity for students to gain a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of music.  It is important for each student to master a strong technique to be able to play beautifully and expressively.  Ultimately, students will learn strategies to teach themselves and to share their gift of music with others.

Recitals:         

Students have the opportunity to perform in one recital each year at Hosanna Lutheran Church in Forest Lake.

Cost of Lessons:

$17.50 per thirty-minute lesson

$26.25 per forty-five minute lesson

Scheduling lessons:

Private music lessons are scheduled by contacting individual teachers directly by phone or by e-mail. 

Registering for lessons:

Students must be registered for at least one other class at HERO in order to take private music lessons.  Please add “private music instruction” to your registration form when registering for classes at HERO.

Payment Information:

Lesson fees are paid to HERO and will be shown on your HERO invoice.

The fee for any music purchased for your child will be payable to your child’s teacher.

Missed Lessons:

Please make every effort to attend scheduled lessons as missed lessons are not reimbursed through HERO.   Please contact your child’s individual teacher regarding the limited possibility of make-up lessons. 

Piano Instructors:

Debra Stokes  (Monday piano lessons)

Debra Stokes is a private piano instructor as well as a collaborative pianist at University of Northwestern. She accompanies in local schools and plays for weddings and special events. Her education includes a Bachelor degree in Piano Performance from Wheaton College and Conservatory of Music and Master's work in Piano Performance from University of Minnesota. She's a mother of five children and has been teaching piano for all ages and levels for over 20 years.

Cell phone:  Email:   612-749-2211 

e-mail:  dmgstokes@gmail.com

 

Tim Lackas (Monday and Tuesday piano, brass, percussion, woodwind, and string lessons) 

Mr. Lackas has a music education degree from the University of Minnesota.  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 plays 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. 

Phone:     612-719-2533.

e-mail:  tim.lackas@gmail.com

 

Kristi McNellis (Tuesday piano lessons)

 Kristi McNellis is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music and has a Bachelor of Arts degrees in Piano Performance and Nursing from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  She has taught privately for over 20 years and has been with HERO for over ten years.  Kristi has accompanied for high school, college and church choirs and continues to accompany for vocalists and instrumentalists in the Twin Cities area.  Kristi is a member of the Minnesota Music Teachers Association and recently served as the board president for the Association of Professional Piano Instructors.  

Cell phone:  612-860-6877 

Home phone:  651-228-9644

e-mail:  mcnellispiano@yahoo.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 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:  Austin Lewis

Austin Lewis is a recent graduate from the University of Northwestern St Paul with a degree in Vocal Music Education.  Austin teaches voice and piano privately through Lewis Lessons as well as through the Academy of Music at Northwestern.  On top of private lessons he teaches choir at Irondale Highschool and is a teaching artist at Ashland productions.  Austin also has performed with various theatre companies throughout the twin cities as he pursues a career as an actor and a musician

Justin Lewis:,  262-527-4474. or  lewislodge99@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


Intro. to Radio (writing, editing, and recording) - Mrs. Rische   (grades 9-12) - Monday 2:30-3:30

This year-long course explores the world of radio broadcasting and offers practical hands-on experience in a local Forest Lake radio station. Students will develop various programs, newscasts, weather reports, special features, and PSAs (public service announcements). Exemplary projects will be broadcast on WAJC, a full-power FM radio station owned by Maranatha Church, Forest Lake.