Explorers Home School Association

Classes - 3rd/4th Grade

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          1st hour

          Class Description

          A Stitch In Time

          DisciplineStitchery
          Age Groups3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
          Age (Notes)Adults may also participate if they wish.
          Instructor NameLinda Selby
          Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$10 Material Fee
          Class Size5 to 12
          Class Length1 semester(s)
          Class Room26
          CurriculumTraditional needlecraft
          HomeworkSome homework may be required if projects are to be completed within the semester.
          PrerequisitesNone
          DescriptionIn this class, students will focus on knitting, cross-stitch, and tatting or simple hand sewing projects. Beginner students will learn basic stitches and be encouraged to complete simple projects that will reinforce and give practice in basic skills. More experienced crafters will be encouraged to expand their skills by working on more complex projects.
          Instructor BioLinda has homeschooled for the past 9 years. She has a BA in Business Administration with a major in Accounting and an MBA. She is the owner of the Dexter Blueberry Farm. She loves to do crafts in her spare time.
          Explorers' Professional Class Description

          Martial Arts

          DisciplineMartial Arts
          Age Groups1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade
          Instructor NameBrandon Lockman
          Tuition/Materials Fees$100/$15 Uniform/Equipment Fee
          Class Size8 to 28
          Class Length1 semester(s)
          Class RoomGym B
          CurriculumSyllabus is tailored to the training level of each individual student.
          Homework10-20 minutes, 2-3 times a week
          PrerequisitesNone
          Materials$15 covers the cost of the uniform for the new students, or the hand pads for those attending their 2nd semester of martial arts, or the foot pads for those attending their third semester of martial arts. If the student already has everything, they don't need to pay the equipment fee.
          DescriptionOur classes are based on our instructor's certifications and experience in several martial arts including Choi Kwang-Do, Tae Kwon Do and Brazilian Jui-Jitsu. Our style of teaching is an exciting and innovative approach to martial arts that combines all of the positive aspects of traditional martial arts - such as character development and positive mental attitude - with a training system that is pure innovation! Our system provides the most effective martial arts system for today's modern society that is easy to learn - yet provides a complete health system for both body and mind. Unlike many martial arts used for athletic competition, our system is designed to enhance students’ overall health, fitness, and well-being.
          If your 4 or 5 year old was previously in martial arts - Master Lockman will need to approve entrance into class. (There is a Little Ninja's for 4 and 5 year olds.) This class is designed for students that are Gold Belt and below. It is highly recommended that students that are Orange Belt and above attend two classes per week in order to keep the progressing at a normal rate, motivated, and keep them passionate about their martial arts' training.
          If you have any questions, please contact Master Lockman at 734 424-5125

          PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
          Instructor BioMaster Brandon Lockman trained in Choi Kwang-Do Martial Art International for 18 years. In May of 2007 Master Lockman received his fifth degree Black Belt at the twentieth anniversary for Choi Kwang-Do (CKD), making him the youngest master in CKD world-wide.

          Master Lockman and his martial art school (The Black Belt Academy) are a part of Kinect Martial Art International (KMAI). With it’s 40 locations world-wide, KMAI is a diversified martial art organization that embraces several training philosophies from multiple martial arts including Choi Kwang-Do, Tae Kwon Do and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

          Recently, Master Lockman celebrated the Black Belt Academy’s seventh year of being open as a full-time martial arts academy. As a part of celebrating this anniversary, Master lockman has tested and recieved his Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
          Additional InformationCourse fee includes a free promotional test - $55 value

          PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
          Professional Class?Professional
          Explorers' Professional Class Description

          Private Guitar Lessons

          DisciplineMusic
          Age Groups1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
          Instructor NameJeff Davis
          Tuition/Materials Fees$297/$0
          Class Size1 to 2
          Class Length1 semester(s)
          Class RoomLibrary
          CurriculumSyllabus is tailored to fit the learning style, musical interest, and pace that is appropriate for the individual student.
          HomeworkDaily practice (15-30 minutes or more)
          PrerequisitesNone
          MaterialsStudents will need their own instrument. Instructor is able to provide information for the purchase of a quality, beginning level instrument; needed before the start of class.
          Hal Leonard guitar method books 1-3
          Binder with Lined paper
          Tablature paper
          DescriptionPrivate lesson students from the studio of Jeff Davis will learn all the necessary skills needed to play the guitar. Mr. Davis teaches students of all ages and levels, from rock to classical guitar. These lessons are 1/2 hour long. They will be taught from a unique curriculum created over a 25 year span of teaching. Students may bring either an acoustic or electric guitar to learn from. Lessons will be adapted to the skill level of each individual. A beginner will learn chords, simple strums, and tuning. You will also be introduced to the basic elements of rhythm and harmony in both standard notation and tabliture in both solo and ensemble settings.

          Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
          •Play basic open position chords: A, D, E, G, C, Am, Em, A7, B7, D7, E7, G7
          •Play simple melodies in both standard notation and tabliture
          •Play essential accompaniment strums in 4/4 and 3/4 time
          •Play I-IV-V tunes in A, D, G, and E
          •Perform guitar music in both solo and ensemble settings
          •Know the basic parts of the guitar
          •Understand the historical and cultural significance of the guitar

          Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

          PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
          Instructor BioMr. Jeff Davis is one of the most popular guitar instructors in the Plymouth Canton area. Teaching since 1987, Mr. Davis has taught thousands of students to learn to play the guitar; both in private and classroom settings. Mr. Davis is a performing Classical Guitarist, the Director/Owner of Music Plymouth School of Music, and the author of 4 method books which all of his 45 weekly students learn from. Jeff has earned three degrees; Associate of Arts from Schoolcraft College, Bachelors of Music Performance as well as a Bachelors in Teacher Education with state of Michigan K-8 endorsement.
          Mr. Davis philosophy for teaching is to provide a comfortable, and dynamically fun learning environment in which all students may thrive. It is Mr. Davis' desire to teach all students, regardless of musical background or style and introduce the necessary concepts to build excitement in learning to play the Guitar.
          Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
          Professional Class?Professional
          Explorers' Professional Class Description

          Martial Arts Gold and Above

          DisciplineMartial Arts
          Age Groups3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
          Age (Notes)This class is designed for students Gold Belt and above.

          Instructor NameBrandon Lockman
          Tuition/Materials Fees$100/$15 Uniform/pads
          Class Size6 to 20
          Class Length1 semester(s)
          Class RoomGym B
          Homework10-15 minutes 2-3 times per week
          PrerequisitesAchieved a gold belt or above in previous a class.
          Materials$15 covers the cost of the uniform for the new students, or the hand pads for those attending their 2nd semester of martial arts, or the foot pads for those attending their third semester of martial arts. If the student already has everything, they don't need to pay the equipment fee.
          DescriptionOur classes are based on our instructor's certifications and experience in several martial arts including Choi Kwang-Do, Tae Kwon Do and Brazilian Jui-Jitsu. Our style of teaching is an exciting and innovative approach to martial arts that combines all of the positive aspects of traditional martial arts - such as character development and positive mental attitude - with a training system that is pure innovation! Our system provides the most effective martial arts system for today's modern society that is easy to learn - yet provides a complete health system for both body and mind. Unlike many martial arts used for athletic competition, our system is designed to enhance students’ overall health, fitness, and well-being. 
          It is highly recommended that students that are Orange Belt and above attend two classes per week in order to keep the progressing at a normal rate, motivated, and keep them passionate about their martial arts' training.
          If you have any questions, please contact Master Lockman at 734 424-5125

          PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
          Instructor BioMaster Brandon Lockman trained in Choi Kwang-Do Martial Art International for 18 years. In May of 2007 Master Lockman received his fifth degree Black Belt at the twentieth anniversary for Choi Kwang-Do (CKD), making him the youngest master in CKD world-wide.

          Master Lockman and his martial art school (The Black Belt Academy) are a part of Kinect Martial Art International (KMAI). With it’s 40 locations world-wide, KMAI is a diversified martial art organization that embraces several training philosophies from multiple martial arts including Choi Kwang-Do, Tae Kwon Do and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

          Recently, Master Lockman celebrated the Black Belt Academy’s seventh year of being open as a full-time martial arts academy. As a part of celebrating this anniversary, Master lockman has tested and recieved his Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
          Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
          Professional Class?Professional
          Explorers' Professional Class Description

          Private Piano Lessons

          DisciplineFine Arts
          Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
          Age (Notes)Do not need to know how to read, just be able to recognize letter A-G and numbers 1-5
          Instructor NameRonni Wilson
          Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5
          Class Size1 to 2
          Class Length1 semester(s)
          Class Room106
          HomeworkRonni believes that practice is always required to grow musically, but she also knows that if a student isn't having fun with lessons and the piano, learning is likely to not happen. Practicing is highly encouraged, but she does not require "practice logs" as part of the learning process. Ronni offers rewards to motivate her students and encourages parents to offer a space for their child to practice at home. It's has been Ronni's experience that much musical material is remembered when the student is in a stress-free environment and is in a "playful mindset" while playing the piano. Practicing will happen when the student is enjoying the piano.
          MaterialsRonni uses the Bastien Piano Basics curriculum. There are four books - piano, performance, technique and theory. All levels are available. She also takes into consideration what each student enjoys playing and implements those genres of music in lessons.
          DescriptionDuring the 30 minute private lesson, students will learn musical theory, scales and performance songs. Ronni believes in providing a solid musical foundation where students learn to read music and can eventually play any song they desire, not just copy/memorize a piece or two. All skill levels are welcome. Classes are taught in a stress-free environment with an encouraging attitude and positive motivation. Each lesson is also tailored to the student's interests and abilities.

          Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

          PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
          Instructor BioPiano has been a part of Ronni Wilson's life since she began taking lessons at the age of three. She continued lessons until she left for college where she became a certified elementary school teacher. Throughout her college career at Eastern Michigan University, she was a member of the symphonic band and marching band from 1989 to 1993. In 1990, she became Eastern Michigan University's first female Drum Major of the then EMU Marching Hurons.

          After teaching fourth grade for four years, Ronni decided to become a stay-at-home mom and teach a few piano lessons. She began with two students in 1999. She now has over 40 students and absolutely loves her job!

          Ronni has done community musical theater, plays piano and sings in her church worship band, and plays and sings with her sister at a variety of church and community functions.

          Outside of teaching, Ronni enjoys being with her family, reading, knitting, baking bread, spending time and having fun with friends and jumping rope!
          Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
          Professional Class?Professional
          Explorers' Professional Class Description

          Fun with Woodworking

          DisciplineArts
          Age Groups1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade
          Age (Notes)This class is only for 2nd grade through 6th grade. Second graders that take this class need to be able to listen carefully to safety and class instructions.
          If you have a middle or high school student who would like to take woodworking and can not take it 2nd hour, please contact Susie Livingston for options.
          Instructor NameCatherine Donahue
          Tuition/Materials Fees$65/$25
          Class Size6 to 13
          Class Length1 semester(s)
          Class Room24/35
          HomeworkNone
          PrerequisitesNone. Experience with tools is helpful.
          MaterialsSafety glasses are required.
          DescriptionIn this class, students will create projects in wood using simple tools and techniques. We will emphasize safety and tool knowledge in all our explorations. Children will find pleasure in making things they can bring home and share with their families. Anticipate your child gaining a love for creating things that stays with them and blossoms over a lifetime.
          If you have a middle or high school student who would like to take woodworking and can not take it 2nd hour, please contact Susie Livingston for options.

          PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER THE ADD/DROP.
          Instructor BioGrowing up the daughter of a "jack-of-all-trades," Cathy Donahue's father gave her an incredible foundation for endeavors of all kinds, including her love for building with wood. She has been home schooling for 11 years. Mrs. Donahue has taught in a variety of settings to ages ranging from early childhood thru high school. Through experience and a BA in Counseling/Psychology, she has gained understanding in the learning abilities of all ages. Desiring the Word of God as her foundation in life, she obtained a second major in Theology and double-minored in Speech Communication and Childhood Development.
          Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
          Professional Class?Professional
          Explorers' Professional Class Description

          Private Violin Lessons

          Age GroupsPreschool - Three-year-olds, K4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
          Age (Notes)Students age 3-6 must have a parent accompany them to the lesson. Parents of students older than 6 are also invited to sit in on the lesson if they like.
          Instructor NameShannon Jansma
          Tuition/Materials Fees$325/$0
          Class Size1 to 2
          Class Length1 semester(s)
          Class Room31
          HomeworkPractice 20-30 minutes at least five days a week.
          DescriptionPrivate lessons are open to beginners, or more experienced students. Daily practice and listening are required for progress. Students should plan to practice 20-30 minutes at least five days of week. The Suzuki Method is a complete musical training method that develops the whole child and prepares them for a lifetime of music making and appreciation! The main tenets of the Suzuki Method are that music should be learned the same way we learn language as a child (aurally before visually), and nurturing the child's growth and development in music and in life.
          The individual lessons focus on building technique and learning new repertoire.

          If you are interested in group lessons, too, please email Professiona class coordinator Libby Masteller at steller4@gmail.com. We may open a time slot if there is adequate interest.

          PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER DROP/ADD.
          Instructor BioShannon has taught violin for over a decade, and has her Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from Eastern Michigan University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She has taken 11 units of Suzuki Training (through Book 10) with Professor Mark Bjork as part of the long term training program at the University of Minnesota. While in Minneapolis, she interned and lead group classes at the MacPhail Center for Music. She was also the 2005 recipient of the Midland Symphony Fellowship Scholarship to attend Central Michigan University on a full scholarship, and has played with the Traverse City Symphony, the Midland Symphony Orchestra, and others. Shannon grew up as a Suzuki student in violin, and by the age of 8 had decided to become a violin teacher. She believes that with proper instruction and a nurturing environment, every child can learn to love and excel in music!
          Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER DROP/ADD.
          Professional Class?Professional
          Explorers' Professional Class Description

          We Do Robotics

          Age Groups1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade
          Instructor NameKatie Tilton
          Tuition/Materials Fees$95/$0
          Class Size6 to 12
          Class Length1 semester(s)
          DescriptionThis course introduces young students to robotics and at an early age students will learn to process and develop their higher level thinking skills. Using an easy-to-use set, students build LEGO models, which feature working motors and sensors. They will program their models just like other robotics curriculum. Through hands-on activities, students will explore a series of cross-curricular, theme-based activities while developing their skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, as well as language and literacy.
          PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER DROP/ADD.
          Instructor BioKatie Tilton is the owner of the educational company Brain Monkeys.  She has a B.A. from Hollins College and a teaching certificate from Adrian College.  Katie has been teaching for over 10 years throughout southeastern Michigan and offers classes both in and out of the traditional school setting but enjoys working with homeschool students the most! Brain Monkeys Academy and Katie can be found at www.BrainMonkeys.com.
          Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER DROP/ADD.
          Professional Class?Professional
          Class Description

          Beginning Drawing

          Age Groups3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade
          Instructor NameRebecca Parfitt
          Tuition/Materials Fees$25/$0
          Class Size4 to 12
          Class Length1 semester(s)
          Class Room27
          DescriptionA beginners drawing class for 3rd-6th grade. We will start with the basics of drawing shapes and move on from there. Students will learn how to create line drawings of objects, still life, and landscape. They will also learn a variety of techniques including shading, perspective, and contour. No experience necessary, we will have fun being creative together!
          Instructor BioRebecca has taught homeschool art classes for two years and enjoys drawing as a hobby. She has four children, ages 3-11, and has been homeschooling for six years.
          Class Description

          The American Civil War

          Disciplinehistory
          Age Groups3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade
          Instructor NameBonnie Godbey-Potter
          Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$15
          Class Size5 to 12
          Class Length1 semester(s)
          Class Room6/7
          DescriptionWho? What? When? Where? Why? How?
          Come join us to answer all these questions and more. I have some really fun activities planned.....mock battles using army men..an every other week review with open Q and A..study of life as a drummer is the union and confederate armies as told by a 10and 12year old ! We will make our own drums also and learn to drum the signal to battle. !This is an important time in our country's history. I hope to see you there!
          Class Description

          Lego Club

          Age Groups1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade
          Instructor NameAnthony Parrish
          Second Instructor NameAmy Parrish
          Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
          Class Size4 to 12
          Class Length1 semester(s)
          Class Room10/11
          DescriptionLego Club will be taught by Digger Parrish who is 15 and an avid Lego Builder. In this class students will work on different building technics. Classes will be based on weekly themes. The class will be given free time to build their own creations each week. How Legos are made, making Lego videos, and future careers in Legos will be discussed as well.
          Instructor BioAnthony has been building Legos since the age of 3. He enjoys teaching and working with children.


          2nd hour

          Explorers' Professional Class Description

          Private Guitar Lessons

          DisciplineMusic
          Age Groups1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
          Instructor NameJeff Davis
          Tuition/Materials Fees$297/$0
          Class Size1 to 2
          Class Length1 semester(s)
          Class RoomLibrary
          CurriculumSyllabus is tailored to fit the learning style, musical interest, and pace that is appropriate for the individual student.
          HomeworkDaily practice (15-30 minutes or more)
          PrerequisitesNone
          MaterialsStudents will need their own instrument. Instructor is able to provide information for the purchase of a quality, beginning level instrument; needed before the start of class.
          Hal Leonard guitar method books 1-3
          Binder with Lined paper
          Tablature paper
          DescriptionPrivate lesson students from the studio of Jeff Davis will learn all the necessary skills needed to play the guitar. Mr. Davis teaches students of all ages and levels, from rock to classical guitar. These lessons are 1/2 hour long. They will be taught from a unique curriculum created over a 25 year span of teaching. Students may bring either an acoustic or electric guitar to learn from. Lessons will be adapted to the skill level of each individual. A beginner will learn chords, simple strums, and tuning. You will also be introduced to the basic elements of rhythm and harmony in both standard notation and tabliture in both solo and ensemble settings.

          Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
          •Play basic open position chords: A, D, E, G, C, Am, Em, A7, B7, D7, E7, G7
          •Play simple melodies in both standard notation and tabliture
          •Play essential accompaniment strums in 4/4 and 3/4 time
          •Play I-IV-V tunes in A, D, G, and E
          •Perform guitar music in both solo and ensemble settings
          •Know the basic parts of the guitar
          •Understand the historical and cultural significance of the guitar

          Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

          PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
          Instructor BioMr. Jeff Davis is one of the most popular guitar instructors in the Plymouth Canton area. Teaching since 1987, Mr. Davis has taught thousands of students to learn to play the guitar; both in private and classroom settings. Mr. Davis is a performing Classical Guitarist, the Director/Owner of Music Plymouth School of Music, and the author of 4 method books which all of his 45 weekly students learn from. Jeff has earned three degrees; Associate of Arts from Schoolcraft College, Bachelors of Music Performance as well as a Bachelors in Teacher Education with state of Michigan K-8 endorsement.
          Mr. Davis philosophy for teaching is to provide a comfortable, and dynamically fun learning environment in which all students may thrive. It is Mr. Davis' desire to teach all students, regardless of musical background or style and introduce the necessary concepts to build excitement in learning to play the Guitar.
          Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
          Professional Class?Professional
          Explorers' Professional Class Description

          Private Voice/Piano Lessons

          DisciplineMusic
          Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
          Age (Notes)Piano lessons are for all ages, K-12

          Voice lessons are for middle school and high school students.
          Instructor NameTrish Pino
          Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5 fee for music
          Class Size1 to 2
          Class Length1 semester(s)
          Class RoomSanctuary
          CurriculumVoice: Christian contemporary, musical theatre, classical music or requested titles

          Piano: Faber and Faber Piano curriculum, supplemental songs
          HomeworkPractice 15 minutes/ 5 days
          PrerequisitesVoice: a love for singing.

          Piano: an iterest in learning to play or strengthening skills on the piano.
          MaterialsVoice/Piano: $5-15 fee will be assessed by instructor if student needs to purchase a new book. Plan on one book/semester
          DescriptionLessons are available 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th. There are two openings per hour as these are 1/2 hour lessons.
          In voice, students will learn how to properly use their voice in order to strengthen and grow it in a healthy way, as well as build a personal repertoire. The goal will be to customize each lesson to the skill level of the student and focus on all aspects of performance such as diction, phrasing, stage presence, breathing, artistic expression, etc.

          For piano, students will learn proper technique at the piano, how to hold their hands and wrists, sit correctly, and how to use their fingers. They will be given exercises and songs to practice during the week which will strengthen their fingers and enforce proper techniques learned. Students will also learn to read music and basic music theory. Piano is a great starter instrument since many of the skills will translate to other instruments.

          If desired, both voice and piano students will have the opportunity to perform in the Extravaganza.

          Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

          PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
          Instructor BioInstructor Bio
          Trish Pino earned her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from the State University of NY at Fredonia and is certified in K-12 Vocal and General Music.  She then took a one year placement as a 6th-12th grade vocal and general music teacher.  After that, she studied at Belmont University and received her Master’s of Music in Music Education with a concentration in Vocal and Secondary Education.  After receiving her Master’s degree, she taught for 5 years at Currey Ingram Academy in Nashville, TN where she was responsible for 5th-6th grade general music classes, choir, and band.  She also has over 13 years of experience as a private piano and voice teacher.  Mrs. Pino served as the Music Director at Keystone Church in Saline for 4 years and now has her own practice of private piano and voice students.  
          Additional InformationThese are 1/2 hour lessons. You will need to talk with the instructor about which half of the hour you would like. Please note: each semester the student will receive 11 lessons. On the 12th week, the student will be expected to stay in the sanctuary in order to rehearse for the Extravaganza. If your child does not participate in the Extravaganza, he/she should not plan on a lesson that week; although if the sanctuary is empty and Mrs.Pino is not required for Extravaganza rehearsals, you may be able to do some singing/piano. Additionally, there is a possibility that a fee will be assessed for an accompanist for the Extravaganza, if necessary. Typical accompanist fees vary.
          (Please note: priority enrollment for 2nd semester will be given to those enrolled during 1st semester)

          PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
          Professional Class?Professional
          Explorers' Professional Class Description

          Private Piano Lessons

          DisciplineFine Arts
          Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
          Age (Notes)Do not need to know how to read, just be able to recognize letter A-G and numbers 1-5
          Instructor NameRonni Wilson
          Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5
          Class Size1 to 2
          Class Length1 semester(s)
          Class Room106
          HomeworkRonni believes that practice is always required to grow musically, but she also knows that if a student isn't having fun with lessons and the piano, learning is likely to not happen. Practicing is highly encouraged, but she does not require "practice logs" as part of the learning process. Ronni offers rewards to motivate her students and encourages parents to offer a space for their child to practice at home. It's has been Ronni's experience that much musical material is remembered when the student is in a stress-free environment and is in a "playful mindset" while playing the piano. Practicing will happen when the student is enjoying the piano.
          MaterialsRonni uses the Bastien Piano Basics curriculum. There are four books - piano, performance, technique and theory. All levels are available. She also takes into consideration what each student enjoys playing and implements those genres of music in lessons.
          DescriptionDuring the 30 minute private lesson, students will learn musical theory, scales and performance songs. Ronni believes in providing a solid musical foundation where students learn to read music and can eventually play any song they desire, not just copy/memorize a piece or two. All skill levels are welcome. Classes are taught in a stress-free environment with an encouraging attitude and positive motivation. Each lesson is also tailored to the student's interests and abilities.

          Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

          PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
          Instructor BioPiano has been a part of Ronni Wilson's life since she began taking lessons at the age of three. She continued lessons until she left for college where she became a certified elementary school teacher. Throughout her college career at Eastern Michigan University, she was a member of the symphonic band and marching band from 1989 to 1993. In 1990, she became Eastern Michigan University's first female Drum Major of the then EMU Marching Hurons.

          After teaching fourth grade for four years, Ronni decided to become a stay-at-home mom and teach a few piano lessons. She began with two students in 1999. She now has over 40 students and absolutely loves her job!

          Ronni has done community musical theater, plays piano and sings in her church worship band, and plays and sings with her sister at a variety of church and community functions.

          Outside of teaching, Ronni enjoys being with her family, reading, knitting, baking bread, spending time and having fun with friends and jumping rope!
          Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
          Professional Class?Professional
          Class Description

          Gym Games

          Disciplinegym
          Age Groups3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade
          Instructor NameAshlie Childress
          Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
          Class Size5 to 20
          Class Length1 semester(s)
          Class RoomGym
          DescriptionEach class will begin with warm-up exercises and continue with fitness activities and games. This fun class will focus on physical activity and encourage cooperation and competition.
          Explorers' Professional Class Description

          Private Violin Lessons

          Age GroupsPreschool - Three-year-olds, K4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
          Age (Notes)Students age 3-6 must have a parent accompany them to the lesson. Parents of students older than 6 are also invited to sit in on the lesson if they like.
          Instructor NameShannon Jansma
          Tuition/Materials Fees$325/$0
          Class Size1 to 2
          Class Length1 semester(s)
          Class Room31
          HomeworkPractice 20-30 minutes at least five days a week.
          DescriptionPrivate lessons are open to beginners, or more experienced students. Daily practice and listening are required for progress. Students should plan to practice 20-30 minutes at least five days of week. The Suzuki Method is a complete musical training method that develops the whole child and prepares them for a lifetime of music making and appreciation! The main tenets of the Suzuki Method are that music should be learned the same way we learn language as a child (aurally before visually), and nurturing the child's growth and development in music and in life.
          The individual lessons focus on building technique and learning new repertoire.

          If you are interested in group lessons, too, please email Professiona class coordinator Libby Masteller at steller4@gmail.com. We may open a time slot if there is adequate interest.

          PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER DROP/ADD.
          Instructor BioShannon has taught violin for over a decade, and has her Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from Eastern Michigan University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She has taken 11 units of Suzuki Training (through Book 10) with Professor Mark Bjork as part of the long term training program at the University of Minnesota. While in Minneapolis, she interned and lead group classes at the MacPhail Center for Music. She was also the 2005 recipient of the Midland Symphony Fellowship Scholarship to attend Central Michigan University on a full scholarship, and has played with the Traverse City Symphony, the Midland Symphony Orchestra, and others. Shannon grew up as a Suzuki student in violin, and by the age of 8 had decided to become a violin teacher. She believes that with proper instruction and a nurturing environment, every child can learn to love and excel in music!
          Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER DROP/ADD.
          Professional Class?Professional
          Explorers' Professional Class Description

          Beginning ASL

          DisciplineWorld Languages
          Age Groups3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade
          Age (Notes)This is a wide age range to teach foundational ASL.
          Instructor NameTeresa Gjernes
          Tuition/Materials Fees$50/$0
          Class Size5 to 12
          Class Length2 semester(s)
          Class Room101
          CurriculumYou'll need the book "A Basic Course in American Sign Language second Edition" and access to the internet.
          HomeworkHomework will be a few hours of practice and quizzing at home each week and writing out sentences and even watching videos I'll send out.
          DescriptionThis class will be beginning American Sign Language, introducing the students to learn about the Deaf culture and to be able to communicate in a different way, we will learn songs and the Lords Prayer in ASL, how to say things we say in every day life in ASL, play games, watch story telling with Sign and much more.
          Instructor BioMy name is Térèsa Gjernes, I am currently a 19 year old high school graduate. I was homeschooled and took classes at Explorers for years, I have taken American Sign Language classes at Explorers throughout middle school and high school from three different teachers. I am very in love with this language and excited to continue teaching it.
          Professional Class?Professional
          Explorers' Professional Class Description

          Storytelling with Legos

          Age Groups1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade
          Instructor NameKatie Tilton
          Tuition/Materials Fees$85/$15
          Class Size6 to 12
          Class Length1 semester(s)
          DescriptionUsing the LEGO Education StoryStarter kits as a hands-on learning tool to enhance students’ reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. In this class, students will use lego building materials, minifigures and software to create their own stories. This course combines the fun of playing with LEGO and the reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills that come with storytelling!
          Instructor BioKatie Tilton is the owner of the educational company Brain Monkeys.  She has a B.A. from Hollins College and a teaching certificate from Adrian College.  Katie has been teaching for over 10 years throughout southeastern Michigan and offers classes both in and out of the traditional school setting but enjoys working with homeschool students the most! Brain Monkeys Academy and Katie can be found at www.BrainMonkeys.com.
          Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER DROP/ADD.
          Professional Class?Professional
          Class Description

          American Girl History

          Age Groups3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade
          Instructor NameBonnie Godbey-Potter
          Second Instructor NameTerry Brennan
          Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$20
          Class Size4 to 12
          Class Length1 semester(s)
          Class Room6/7
          MaterialsA reading list will be emailed before the semester starts so books can be obtained before we start!
          DescriptionIn this class we will be reading and studying many parts of American History! Each week we will be discussing a theme related to one of the American Girl dolls. Girls will be expected to read the related books at home (either on their own or with a parent). We will do related craft projects and sample some food from history as well. The girls will also put together a "capstone" project of their favorite American Girl to be displayed at the Extravaganza. The time periods studied will include Felicity (1774), Samantha (1904) and Addy (1864), and possibly others (depending on which ones interest the students).

          A reading list will be emailed before the semester starts so books can be obtained before we start!
          Class Description

          Apologia Zoology 2

          Disciplinescience
          Age Groups3rd/4th Grade
          Instructor NameMelissa Schlosser
          Tuition/Materials Fees$15/$0
          Class Size5 to 12
          Class Length2 semester(s)
          Class Room10/11
          HomeworkWeekly reading assignments from the textbook
          DescriptionWelcome to the study of Swimming Creatures. We'll be taking a journey through the oceans and streams of the world to discover many of the charming, exotic, fascinating, and fanciful creatures God created on the fifth day. In order to use our time in class more efficiently, learn lots more of this wonderful material, and be able to do more hands on activities, there will be required reading of the text book throughout the week. You will need to purchase the Apologia text book, titled, "Exploring Creation with Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures of the 5th Day". I'm still deciding whether we will use the additional notebook, or if I'll just purchase it and make copies. I'll let you know. Here is a link to the book. https://www.rainbowresource.com/proddtl.php?id=013236&subject=Science/11&category=Apologia+Science+%28K-6%29/2701, ISBN 9781932012736.
          There is also an audiobook option available for the textbook.


          3rd hour

          Explorers' Professional Class Description

          Private Guitar Lessons

          DisciplineMusic
          Age Groups1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
          Instructor NameJeff Davis
          Tuition/Materials Fees$297/$0
          Class Size1 to 2
          Class Length1 semester(s)
          Class RoomLibrary
          CurriculumSyllabus is tailored to fit the learning style, musical interest, and pace that is appropriate for the individual student.
          HomeworkDaily practice (15-30 minutes or more)
          PrerequisitesNone
          MaterialsStudents will need their own instrument. Instructor is able to provide information for the purchase of a quality, beginning level instrument; needed before the start of class.
          Hal Leonard guitar method books 1-3
          Binder with Lined paper
          Tablature paper
          DescriptionPrivate lesson students from the studio of Jeff Davis will learn all the necessary skills needed to play the guitar. Mr. Davis teaches students of all ages and levels, from rock to classical guitar. These lessons are 1/2 hour long. They will be taught from a unique curriculum created over a 25 year span of teaching. Students may bring either an acoustic or electric guitar to learn from. Lessons will be adapted to the skill level of each individual. A beginner will learn chords, simple strums, and tuning. You will also be introduced to the basic elements of rhythm and harmony in both standard notation and tabliture in both solo and ensemble settings.

          Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
          •Play basic open position chords: A, D, E, G, C, Am, Em, A7, B7, D7, E7, G7
          •Play simple melodies in both standard notation and tabliture
          •Play essential accompaniment strums in 4/4 and 3/4 time
          •Play I-IV-V tunes in A, D, G, and E
          •Perform guitar music in both solo and ensemble settings
          •Know the basic parts of the guitar
          •Understand the historical and cultural significance of the guitar

          Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

          PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
          Instructor BioMr. Jeff Davis is one of the most popular guitar instructors in the Plymouth Canton area. Teaching since 1987, Mr. Davis has taught thousands of students to learn to play the guitar; both in private and classroom settings. Mr. Davis is a performing Classical Guitarist, the Director/Owner of Music Plymouth School of Music, and the author of 4 method books which all of his 45 weekly students learn from. Jeff has earned three degrees; Associate of Arts from Schoolcraft College, Bachelors of Music Performance as well as a Bachelors in Teacher Education with state of Michigan K-8 endorsement.
          Mr. Davis philosophy for teaching is to provide a comfortable, and dynamically fun learning environment in which all students may thrive. It is Mr. Davis' desire to teach all students, regardless of musical background or style and introduce the necessary concepts to build excitement in learning to play the Guitar.
          Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
          Professional Class?Professional
          Explorers' Professional Class Description

          Private Voice/Piano Lessons

          DisciplineMusic
          Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
          Age (Notes)Piano lessons are for all ages, K-12

          Voice lessons are for middle school and high school students.
          Instructor NameTrish Pino
          Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5 fee for music
          Class Size1 to 2
          Class Length1 semester(s)
          Class RoomSanctuary
          CurriculumVoice: Christian contemporary, musical theatre, classical music or requested titles

          Piano: Faber and Faber Piano curriculum, supplemental songs
          HomeworkPractice 15 minutes/ 5 days
          PrerequisitesVoice: a love for singing.

          Piano: an iterest in learning to play or strengthening skills on the piano.
          MaterialsVoice/Piano: $5-15 fee will be assessed by instructor if student needs to purchase a new book. Plan on one book/semester
          DescriptionLessons are available 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th. There are two openings per hour as these are 1/2 hour lessons.
          In voice, students will learn how to properly use their voice in order to strengthen and grow it in a healthy way, as well as build a personal repertoire. The goal will be to customize each lesson to the skill level of the student and focus on all aspects of performance such as diction, phrasing, stage presence, breathing, artistic expression, etc.

          For piano, students will learn proper technique at the piano, how to hold their hands and wrists, sit correctly, and how to use their fingers. They will be given exercises and songs to practice during the week which will strengthen their fingers and enforce proper techniques learned. Students will also learn to read music and basic music theory. Piano is a great starter instrument since many of the skills will translate to other instruments.

          If desired, both voice and piano students will have the opportunity to perform in the Extravaganza.

          Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

          PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
          Instructor BioInstructor Bio
          Trish Pino earned her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from the State University of NY at Fredonia and is certified in K-12 Vocal and General Music.  She then took a one year placement as a 6th-12th grade vocal and general music teacher.  After that, she studied at Belmont University and received her Master’s of Music in Music Education with a concentration in Vocal and Secondary Education.  After receiving her Master’s degree, she taught for 5 years at Currey Ingram Academy in Nashville, TN where she was responsible for 5th-6th grade general music classes, choir, and band.  She also has over 13 years of experience as a private piano and voice teacher.  Mrs. Pino served as the Music Director at Keystone Church in Saline for 4 years and now has her own practice of private piano and voice students.  
          Additional InformationThese are 1/2 hour lessons. You will need to talk with the instructor about which half of the hour you would like. Please note: each semester the student will receive 11 lessons. On the 12th week, the student will be expected to stay in the sanctuary in order to rehearse for the Extravaganza. If your child does not participate in the Extravaganza, he/she should not plan on a lesson that week; although if the sanctuary is empty and Mrs.Pino is not required for Extravaganza rehearsals, you may be able to do some singing/piano. Additionally, there is a possibility that a fee will be assessed for an accompanist for the Extravaganza, if necessary. Typical accompanist fees vary.
          (Please note: priority enrollment for 2nd semester will be given to those enrolled during 1st semester)

          PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
          Professional Class?Professional
          Explorers' Professional Class Description

          Private Piano Lessons

          DisciplineFine Arts
          Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
          Age (Notes)Do not need to know how to read, just be able to recognize letter A-G and numbers 1-5
          Instructor NameRonni Wilson
          Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5
          Class Size1 to 2
          Class Length1 semester(s)
          Class Room106
          HomeworkRonni believes that practice is always required to grow musically, but she also knows that if a student isn't having fun with lessons and the piano, learning is likely to not happen. Practicing is highly encouraged, but she does not require "practice logs" as part of the learning process. Ronni offers rewards to motivate her students and encourages parents to offer a space for their child to practice at home. It's has been Ronni's experience that much musical material is remembered when the student is in a stress-free environment and is in a "playful mindset" while playing the piano. Practicing will happen when the student is enjoying the piano.
          MaterialsRonni uses the Bastien Piano Basics curriculum. There are four books - piano, performance, technique and theory. All levels are available. She also takes into consideration what each student enjoys playing and implements those genres of music in lessons.
          DescriptionDuring the 30 minute private lesson, students will learn musical theory, scales and performance songs. Ronni believes in providing a solid musical foundation where students learn to read music and can eventually play any song they desire, not just copy/memorize a piece or two. All skill levels are welcome. Classes are taught in a stress-free environment with an encouraging attitude and positive motivation. Each lesson is also tailored to the student's interests and abilities.

          Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

          PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
          Instructor BioPiano has been a part of Ronni Wilson's life since she began taking lessons at the age of three. She continued lessons until she left for college where she became a certified elementary school teacher. Throughout her college career at Eastern Michigan University, she was a member of the symphonic band and marching band from 1989 to 1993. In 1990, she became Eastern Michigan University's first female Drum Major of the then EMU Marching Hurons.

          After teaching fourth grade for four years, Ronni decided to become a stay-at-home mom and teach a few piano lessons. She began with two students in 1999. She now has over 40 students and absolutely loves her job!

          Ronni has done community musical theater, plays piano and sings in her church worship band, and plays and sings with her sister at a variety of church and community functions.

          Outside of teaching, Ronni enjoys being with her family, reading, knitting, baking bread, spending time and having fun with friends and jumping rope!
          Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
          Professional Class?Professional
          Class Description

          Literature Circle

          DisciplineLiterature
          Age Groups3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade
          Instructor NameTanya Towler
          Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$12
          Class Size6 to 12
          Class Length1 semester(s)
          Class Room25
          MaterialsLiterature Selection:
          Duke (Dogs of World War II) by Kirby Larson
          DescriptionFor Parents- Imagine a classroom full of children having lively, meaningful conversations about books. What would it take to get children so engaged in their reading that they'd be eager to talk about it with their classmates? How could a curriculum be structured to support student-led discussions? And how could reading, writing, speaking (public), and listening be integrated in such a curriculum?


          We will focus on a Historical Fiction book this semester that will delight and stimulate their senses. Our class will be centered around ‘small groups’ that will read a proportionate selection independently or with a helper at home and complete a short Role Sheet weekly. Upon returning to class they will sit with their small group and share their responses while enjoying a weekly snack. Then as a group we will take turns sharing our responses using the Role sheets as a guide. What a great way to build multiple social and analysis skills. Although public speaking is not the main focus of this class, by default the format of the class lends itself to it.


          For students - With World War II raging and his father fighting overseas in Europe, eleven-year-old Hobie Hanson is determined to do his part to help his family and his country, even if it means giving up his beloved German shepherd, Duke. Hoping to help end the war and bring his dad home faster, Hobie decides to donate Duke to Dogs for Defense, an organization that urges Americans to "loan" their pets to the military to act as sentries, mine sniffers, and patrol dogs. Hobie immediately regrets his decision and tries everything he can to get Duke back, even jeopardizing his friendship with the new boy at school. But when his father is taken prisoner by the Germans, Hobie realizes he must let Duke go and reach deep within himself to be brave. Will Hobie ever see Duke, or his father, again? Join us in class for a light snack and discussion each week and find out how bravery and love can help us to weather the most difficult times.
          Additional InformationPrior to Class:
          Duke should be purchased prior to the beginning of class and is available on Amazon and Ebay.
          We will begin with a biography review of Kirby Larson on week 1 and an overview of how to complete the role sheets. The reading assignment will begin on week 2 and following.
          Explorers' Professional Class Description

          Private Violin Lessons

          Age GroupsPreschool - Three-year-olds, K4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
          Age (Notes)Students age 3-6 must have a parent accompany them to the lesson. Parents of students older than 6 are also invited to sit in on the lesson if they like.
          Instructor NameShannon Jansma
          Tuition/Materials Fees$325/$0
          Class Size1 to 2
          Class Length1 semester(s)
          Class Room31
          HomeworkPractice 20-30 minutes at least five days a week.
          DescriptionPrivate lessons are open to beginners, or more experienced students. Daily practice and listening are required for progress. Students should plan to practice 20-30 minutes at least five days of week. The Suzuki Method is a complete musical training method that develops the whole child and prepares them for a lifetime of music making and appreciation! The main tenets of the Suzuki Method are that music should be learned the same way we learn language as a child (aurally before visually), and nurturing the child's growth and development in music and in life.
          The individual lessons focus on building technique and learning new repertoire.

          If you are interested in group lessons, too, please email Professiona class coordinator Libby Masteller at steller4@gmail.com. We may open a time slot if there is adequate interest.

          PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER DROP/ADD.
          Instructor BioShannon has taught violin for over a decade, and has her Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from Eastern Michigan University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She has taken 11 units of Suzuki Training (through Book 10) with Professor Mark Bjork as part of the long term training program at the University of Minnesota. While in Minneapolis, she interned and lead group classes at the MacPhail Center for Music. She was also the 2005 recipient of the Midland Symphony Fellowship Scholarship to attend Central Michigan University on a full scholarship, and has played with the Traverse City Symphony, the Midland Symphony Orchestra, and others. Shannon grew up as a Suzuki student in violin, and by the age of 8 had decided to become a violin teacher. She believes that with proper instruction and a nurturing environment, every child can learn to love and excel in music!
          Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER DROP/ADD.
          Professional Class?Professional
          Class Description

          Writing Paragraphs

          DisciplineLanguage Arts
          Age Groups3rd/4th Grade
          Instructor NameRachel Lapointe
          Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$15
          Class Size4 to 8
          Class Length1 semester(s)
          Class Room6/7
          HomeworkThere may be light homework assignments.
          DescriptionImagine never again hearing your young writer cry, "What should I say?" or "How do I start?"

          This effective and enjoyable creative writing program helps your students conquer fear of the blank page. With gentle, practical, step-by-step guidance, they learn to organize their thoughts and express themselves clearly on paper.

          We will be using the Diamond Notes program from Sonlight to go from grouping ideas to writing paragraphs. Ideal for the young writer who struggles to put pen to paper.

          There may be light homework assignments.
          Class Description

          Magic Tricks

          Age Groups3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade
          Instructor NameMarylee Pierzynowski
          Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$35
          Class Size4 to 12
          Class Length1 semester(s)
          Class Room22/34
          DescriptionCome learn awesome slight of hand illusions! But don't worry it's a beginner class all are welcome! I will be using a wonderful resource, my son Kolbe to teach a different illusion each week. Kolbe and I can also provide a challenge to those wanting a little step up in difficulty! This will be a lot of fun and builds confidence! Each child will be given the items needed to perform an illusion each week. By the end of the semester they will have a nice kit!
          Class Description

          IEW Level A

          Age Groups3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade
          Instructor NameMartina Elpi
          Second Instructor NamePolly Gjernes
          Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$10
          Class Size4 to 16
          Class Length2 semester(s)
          Class Room24/35
          HomeworkStudents will be given daily assignments that must be worked on at home. Students will be expected to be prepared for class.
          Materials IEW Student Intensive Writing Level A (DVD and Binder OR Notebook only)
          DescriptionThis writing class for Elementary Students teaches in easy, enjoyable and manageable steps how to confidently and effectively use structural models and stylistic techniques. In Level A we will focus on creative (fiction) and expository (non-fiction) writing. Periodically selected grammar skills with application will help us to strengthen this foundational approach.
          Melissa Schlosser will also be assisting in this class.
          Class Description

          Seasonal Crafts

          Age Groups3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade
          Instructor NameJennie Vance
          Second Instructor NameLinda Selby
          Tuition/Materials Fees$35/$0
          Class Size5 to 10
          Class Length1 semester(s)
          Class Room10/11
          DescriptionWe will be making fun crafts to coordinate with the changes of the autumn season as well as the holidays that occur this semester. The students will have the opportunity in the later weeks to make a few things to give as Christmas gifts.


          4th hour

          Explorers' Professional Class Description

          Private Guitar Lessons

          DisciplineMusic
          Age Groups1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
          Instructor NameJeff Davis
          Tuition/Materials Fees$297/$0
          Class Size1 to 2
          Class Length1 semester(s)
          Class RoomLibrary
          CurriculumSyllabus is tailored to fit the learning style, musical interest, and pace that is appropriate for the individual student.
          HomeworkDaily practice (15-30 minutes or more)
          PrerequisitesNone
          MaterialsStudents will need their own instrument. Instructor is able to provide information for the purchase of a quality, beginning level instrument; needed before the start of class.
          Hal Leonard guitar method books 1-3
          Binder with Lined paper
          Tablature paper
          DescriptionPrivate lesson students from the studio of Jeff Davis will learn all the necessary skills needed to play the guitar. Mr. Davis teaches students of all ages and levels, from rock to classical guitar. These lessons are 1/2 hour long. They will be taught from a unique curriculum created over a 25 year span of teaching. Students may bring either an acoustic or electric guitar to learn from. Lessons will be adapted to the skill level of each individual. A beginner will learn chords, simple strums, and tuning. You will also be introduced to the basic elements of rhythm and harmony in both standard notation and tabliture in both solo and ensemble settings.

          Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
          •Play basic open position chords: A, D, E, G, C, Am, Em, A7, B7, D7, E7, G7
          •Play simple melodies in both standard notation and tabliture
          •Play essential accompaniment strums in 4/4 and 3/4 time
          •Play I-IV-V tunes in A, D, G, and E
          •Perform guitar music in both solo and ensemble settings
          •Know the basic parts of the guitar
          •Understand the historical and cultural significance of the guitar

          Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

          PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
          Instructor BioMr. Jeff Davis is one of the most popular guitar instructors in the Plymouth Canton area. Teaching since 1987, Mr. Davis has taught thousands of students to learn to play the guitar; both in private and classroom settings. Mr. Davis is a performing Classical Guitarist, the Director/Owner of Music Plymouth School of Music, and the author of 4 method books which all of his 45 weekly students learn from. Jeff has earned three degrees; Associate of Arts from Schoolcraft College, Bachelors of Music Performance as well as a Bachelors in Teacher Education with state of Michigan K-8 endorsement.
          Mr. Davis philosophy for teaching is to provide a comfortable, and dynamically fun learning environment in which all students may thrive. It is Mr. Davis' desire to teach all students, regardless of musical background or style and introduce the necessary concepts to build excitement in learning to play the Guitar.
          Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
          Professional Class?Professional
          Explorers' Professional Class Description

          Private Voice/Piano Lessons

          DisciplineMusic
          Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
          Age (Notes)Piano lessons are for all ages, K-12

          Voice lessons are for middle school and high school students.
          Instructor NameTrish Pino
          Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5 fee for music
          Class Size1 to 2
          Class Length1 semester(s)
          Class RoomSanctuary
          CurriculumVoice: Christian contemporary, musical theatre, classical music or requested titles

          Piano: Faber and Faber Piano curriculum, supplemental songs
          HomeworkPractice 15 minutes/ 5 days
          PrerequisitesVoice: a love for singing.

          Piano: an iterest in learning to play or strengthening skills on the piano.
          MaterialsVoice/Piano: $5-15 fee will be assessed by instructor if student needs to purchase a new book. Plan on one book/semester
          DescriptionLessons are available 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th. There are two openings per hour as these are 1/2 hour lessons.
          In voice, students will learn how to properly use their voice in order to strengthen and grow it in a healthy way, as well as build a personal repertoire. The goal will be to customize each lesson to the skill level of the student and focus on all aspects of performance such as diction, phrasing, stage presence, breathing, artistic expression, etc.

          For piano, students will learn proper technique at the piano, how to hold their hands and wrists, sit correctly, and how to use their fingers. They will be given exercises and songs to practice during the week which will strengthen their fingers and enforce proper techniques learned. Students will also learn to read music and basic music theory. Piano is a great starter instrument since many of the skills will translate to other instruments.

          If desired, both voice and piano students will have the opportunity to perform in the Extravaganza.

          Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

          PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
          Instructor BioInstructor Bio
          Trish Pino earned her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from the State University of NY at Fredonia and is certified in K-12 Vocal and General Music.  She then took a one year placement as a 6th-12th grade vocal and general music teacher.  After that, she studied at Belmont University and received her Master’s of Music in Music Education with a concentration in Vocal and Secondary Education.  After receiving her Master’s degree, she taught for 5 years at Currey Ingram Academy in Nashville, TN where she was responsible for 5th-6th grade general music classes, choir, and band.  She also has over 13 years of experience as a private piano and voice teacher.  Mrs. Pino served as the Music Director at Keystone Church in Saline for 4 years and now has her own practice of private piano and voice students.  
          Additional InformationThese are 1/2 hour lessons. You will need to talk with the instructor about which half of the hour you would like. Please note: each semester the student will receive 11 lessons. On the 12th week, the student will be expected to stay in the sanctuary in order to rehearse for the Extravaganza. If your child does not participate in the Extravaganza, he/she should not plan on a lesson that week; although if the sanctuary is empty and Mrs.Pino is not required for Extravaganza rehearsals, you may be able to do some singing/piano. Additionally, there is a possibility that a fee will be assessed for an accompanist for the Extravaganza, if necessary. Typical accompanist fees vary.
          (Please note: priority enrollment for 2nd semester will be given to those enrolled during 1st semester)

          PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
          Professional Class?Professional
          Explorers' Professional Class Description

          Private Piano Lessons

          DisciplineFine Arts
          Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
          Age (Notes)Do not need to know how to read, just be able to recognize letter A-G and numbers 1-5
          Instructor NameRonni Wilson
          Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5
          Class Size1 to 2
          Class Length1 semester(s)
          Class Room106
          HomeworkRonni believes that practice is always required to grow musically, but she also knows that if a student isn't having fun with lessons and the piano, learning is likely to not happen. Practicing is highly encouraged, but she does not require "practice logs" as part of the learning process. Ronni offers rewards to motivate her students and encourages parents to offer a space for their child to practice at home. It's has been Ronni's experience that much musical material is remembered when the student is in a stress-free environment and is in a "playful mindset" while playing the piano. Practicing will happen when the student is enjoying the piano.
          MaterialsRonni uses the Bastien Piano Basics curriculum. There are four books - piano, performance, technique and theory. All levels are available. She also takes into consideration what each student enjoys playing and implements those genres of music in lessons.
          DescriptionDuring the 30 minute private lesson, students will learn musical theory, scales and performance songs. Ronni believes in providing a solid musical foundation where students learn to read music and can eventually play any song they desire, not just copy/memorize a piece or two. All skill levels are welcome. Classes are taught in a stress-free environment with an encouraging attitude and positive motivation. Each lesson is also tailored to the student's interests and abilities.

          Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

          PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
          Instructor BioPiano has been a part of Ronni Wilson's life since she began taking lessons at the age of three. She continued lessons until she left for college where she became a certified elementary school teacher. Throughout her college career at Eastern Michigan University, she was a member of the symphonic band and marching band from 1989 to 1993. In 1990, she became Eastern Michigan University's first female Drum Major of the then EMU Marching Hurons.

          After teaching fourth grade for four years, Ronni decided to become a stay-at-home mom and teach a few piano lessons. She began with two students in 1999. She now has over 40 students and absolutely loves her job!

          Ronni has done community musical theater, plays piano and sings in her church worship band, and plays and sings with her sister at a variety of church and community functions.

          Outside of teaching, Ronni enjoys being with her family, reading, knitting, baking bread, spending time and having fun with friends and jumping rope!
          Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
          Professional Class?Professional
          Class Description

          YS Book Tasting for Kids

          Disciplinereading readiness
          Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade
          Age (Notes)For grades k-5. Students can only take this class if older siblings are staying in the afternoon and parent has a teaching job in the afternoon.
          Instructor NameCindy Remski
          Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$15
          Class Size4 to 12
          Class Length1 semester(s)
          Class Room10/11
          DescriptionWould you like your child to be excited about books and motivated to read? Want to help him/her find books that are a "good fit"? Join us as our classroom is transformed into a pretend restaurant where students will enjoy a sample or "taste" from a great selection of children's literature with a new genre, author, or theme on the menus, snacks, story time, reading incentives, library lists, reading logs, (for books they can either read by themselves or have read TO them), as well as short lessons on learning about authors, parts of a book, and parts of the library. Throughout the semester we will also be doing simple projects including decorating book tote bags, creating unique bookmarks, and a make-your-own book activity as well. Please note; Your child does NOT need to know how to read nor do they need to be successful at reading to join or participate- this class is all about sparking an interest in books and making reading FUN!


          5th hour

          Explorers' Professional Class Description

          YS Active Gym Games

          DisciplinePhysical Eduation
          Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade
          Age (Notes)This class is only for students K - 5th grades. Students may only take this class if they have a parent teaching a class in the afternoon at Explorers.

          Older students may take this class with permission from Team Leader and instructor only.
          Instructor NameDave Gremban
          Tuition/Materials Fees$25/$0
          Class Size4 to 20
          Class Length1 semester(s)
          Class RoomGym
          Homeworknone
          Prerequisitesnone
          Materialsnone
          DescriptionThis is a class that emphasizes physical activity, a key to good health, by offering hands-on skills development, games, and fun for all. We plan to teach and play a range of games including sharks and minnows, capture the flag, gaga ball, kickball, soccer, basketball, etc. In order to encourage participation and promote safety, we plan to often split the kids into two groups (older and younger), with a high school intern helping.
          PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
          Instructor BioDave Gremban loves sports and teaching. In regard to sports, he serves as the director for Trophy Sports Club, a non-profit sports club serving the greater Ann Arbor area. In regard to teaching, he is the pastor of a non-denominational church, and has extensive youth group leadership experience as well. A few years ago, he taught chemistry for another homeschool co-op in the area. He and his wife Sue are homeschool parents with three awesome sons (ages 17, 15, and 11).
          Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
          Professional Class?Professional
          Explorers' Professional Class Description

          Private Guitar Lessons

          DisciplineMusic
          Age Groups1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
          Instructor NameJeff Davis
          Tuition/Materials Fees$297/$0
          Class Size1 to 2
          Class Length1 semester(s)
          Class RoomLibrary
          CurriculumSyllabus is tailored to fit the learning style, musical interest, and pace that is appropriate for the individual student.
          HomeworkDaily practice (15-30 minutes or more)
          PrerequisitesNone
          MaterialsStudents will need their own instrument. Instructor is able to provide information for the purchase of a quality, beginning level instrument; needed before the start of class.
          Hal Leonard guitar method books 1-3
          Binder with Lined paper
          Tablature paper
          DescriptionPrivate lesson students from the studio of Jeff Davis will learn all the necessary skills needed to play the guitar. Mr. Davis teaches students of all ages and levels, from rock to classical guitar. These lessons are 1/2 hour long. They will be taught from a unique curriculum created over a 25 year span of teaching. Students may bring either an acoustic or electric guitar to learn from. Lessons will be adapted to the skill level of each individual. A beginner will learn chords, simple strums, and tuning. You will also be introduced to the basic elements of rhythm and harmony in both standard notation and tabliture in both solo and ensemble settings.

          Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
          •Play basic open position chords: A, D, E, G, C, Am, Em, A7, B7, D7, E7, G7
          •Play simple melodies in both standard notation and tabliture
          •Play essential accompaniment strums in 4/4 and 3/4 time
          •Play I-IV-V tunes in A, D, G, and E
          •Perform guitar music in both solo and ensemble settings
          •Know the basic parts of the guitar
          •Understand the historical and cultural significance of the guitar

          Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

          PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
          Instructor BioMr. Jeff Davis is one of the most popular guitar instructors in the Plymouth Canton area. Teaching since 1987, Mr. Davis has taught thousands of students to learn to play the guitar; both in private and classroom settings. Mr. Davis is a performing Classical Guitarist, the Director/Owner of Music Plymouth School of Music, and the author of 4 method books which all of his 45 weekly students learn from. Jeff has earned three degrees; Associate of Arts from Schoolcraft College, Bachelors of Music Performance as well as a Bachelors in Teacher Education with state of Michigan K-8 endorsement.
          Mr. Davis philosophy for teaching is to provide a comfortable, and dynamically fun learning environment in which all students may thrive. It is Mr. Davis' desire to teach all students, regardless of musical background or style and introduce the necessary concepts to build excitement in learning to play the Guitar.
          Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
          Professional Class?Professional
          Explorers' Professional Class Description

          Private Voice/Piano Lessons

          DisciplineMusic
          Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
          Age (Notes)Piano lessons are for all ages, K-12

          Voice lessons are for middle school and high school students.
          Instructor NameTrish Pino
          Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5 fee for music
          Class Size1 to 2
          Class Length1 semester(s)
          Class RoomSanctuary
          CurriculumVoice: Christian contemporary, musical theatre, classical music or requested titles

          Piano: Faber and Faber Piano curriculum, supplemental songs
          HomeworkPractice 15 minutes/ 5 days
          PrerequisitesVoice: a love for singing.

          Piano: an iterest in learning to play or strengthening skills on the piano.
          MaterialsVoice/Piano: $5-15 fee will be assessed by instructor if student needs to purchase a new book. Plan on one book/semester
          DescriptionLessons are available 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th. There are two openings per hour as these are 1/2 hour lessons.
          In voice, students will learn how to properly use their voice in order to strengthen and grow it in a healthy way, as well as build a personal repertoire. The goal will be to customize each lesson to the skill level of the student and focus on all aspects of performance such as diction, phrasing, stage presence, breathing, artistic expression, etc.

          For piano, students will learn proper technique at the piano, how to hold their hands and wrists, sit correctly, and how to use their fingers. They will be given exercises and songs to practice during the week which will strengthen their fingers and enforce proper techniques learned. Students will also learn to read music and basic music theory. Piano is a great starter instrument since many of the skills will translate to other instruments.

          If desired, both voice and piano students will have the opportunity to perform in the Extravaganza.

          Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

          PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
          Instructor BioInstructor Bio
          Trish Pino earned her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from the State University of NY at Fredonia and is certified in K-12 Vocal and General Music.  She then took a one year placement as a 6th-12th grade vocal and general music teacher.  After that, she studied at Belmont University and received her Master’s of Music in Music Education with a concentration in Vocal and Secondary Education.  After receiving her Master’s degree, she taught for 5 years at Currey Ingram Academy in Nashville, TN where she was responsible for 5th-6th grade general music classes, choir, and band.  She also has over 13 years of experience as a private piano and voice teacher.  Mrs. Pino served as the Music Director at Keystone Church in Saline for 4 years and now has her own practice of private piano and voice students.  
          Additional InformationThese are 1/2 hour lessons. You will need to talk with the instructor about which half of the hour you would like. Please note: each semester the student will receive 11 lessons. On the 12th week, the student will be expected to stay in the sanctuary in order to rehearse for the Extravaganza. If your child does not participate in the Extravaganza, he/she should not plan on a lesson that week; although if the sanctuary is empty and Mrs.Pino is not required for Extravaganza rehearsals, you may be able to do some singing/piano. Additionally, there is a possibility that a fee will be assessed for an accompanist for the Extravaganza, if necessary. Typical accompanist fees vary.
          (Please note: priority enrollment for 2nd semester will be given to those enrolled during 1st semester)

          PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
          Professional Class?Professional
          Explorers' Professional Class Description

          Private Piano Lessons

          DisciplineFine Arts
          Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
          Age (Notes)Do not need to know how to read, just be able to recognize letter A-G and numbers 1-5
          Instructor NameRonni Wilson
          Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5
          Class Size1 to 2
          Class Length1 semester(s)
          Class Room106
          HomeworkRonni believes that practice is always required to grow musically, but she also knows that if a student isn't having fun with lessons and the piano, learning is likely to not happen. Practicing is highly encouraged, but she does not require "practice logs" as part of the learning process. Ronni offers rewards to motivate her students and encourages parents to offer a space for their child to practice at home. It's has been Ronni's experience that much musical material is remembered when the student is in a stress-free environment and is in a "playful mindset" while playing the piano. Practicing will happen when the student is enjoying the piano.
          MaterialsRonni uses the Bastien Piano Basics curriculum. There are four books - piano, performance, technique and theory. All levels are available. She also takes into consideration what each student enjoys playing and implements those genres of music in lessons.
          DescriptionDuring the 30 minute private lesson, students will learn musical theory, scales and performance songs. Ronni believes in providing a solid musical foundation where students learn to read music and can eventually play any song they desire, not just copy/memorize a piece or two. All skill levels are welcome. Classes are taught in a stress-free environment with an encouraging attitude and positive motivation. Each lesson is also tailored to the student's interests and abilities.

          Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

          PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
          Instructor BioPiano has been a part of Ronni Wilson's life since she began taking lessons at the age of three. She continued lessons until she left for college where she became a certified elementary school teacher. Throughout her college career at Eastern Michigan University, she was a member of the symphonic band and marching band from 1989 to 1993. In 1990, she became Eastern Michigan University's first female Drum Major of the then EMU Marching Hurons.

          After teaching fourth grade for four years, Ronni decided to become a stay-at-home mom and teach a few piano lessons. She began with two students in 1999. She now has over 40 students and absolutely loves her job!

          Ronni has done community musical theater, plays piano and sings in her church worship band, and plays and sings with her sister at a variety of church and community functions.

          Outside of teaching, Ronni enjoys being with her family, reading, knitting, baking bread, spending time and having fun with friends and jumping rope!
          Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
          Professional Class?Professional


          6th hour

          Explorers' Professional Class Description

          Private Guitar Lessons

          DisciplineMusic
          Age Groups1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
          Instructor NameJeff Davis
          Tuition/Materials Fees$297/$0
          Class Size1 to 2
          Class Length1 semester(s)
          Class RoomLibrary
          CurriculumSyllabus is tailored to fit the learning style, musical interest, and pace that is appropriate for the individual student.
          HomeworkDaily practice (15-30 minutes or more)
          PrerequisitesNone
          MaterialsStudents will need their own instrument. Instructor is able to provide information for the purchase of a quality, beginning level instrument; needed before the start of class.
          Hal Leonard guitar method books 1-3
          Binder with Lined paper
          Tablature paper
          DescriptionPrivate lesson students from the studio of Jeff Davis will learn all the necessary skills needed to play the guitar. Mr. Davis teaches students of all ages and levels, from rock to classical guitar. These lessons are 1/2 hour long. They will be taught from a unique curriculum created over a 25 year span of teaching. Students may bring either an acoustic or electric guitar to learn from. Lessons will be adapted to the skill level of each individual. A beginner will learn chords, simple strums, and tuning. You will also be introduced to the basic elements of rhythm and harmony in both standard notation and tabliture in both solo and ensemble settings.

          Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
          •Play basic open position chords: A, D, E, G, C, Am, Em, A7, B7, D7, E7, G7
          •Play simple melodies in both standard notation and tabliture
          •Play essential accompaniment strums in 4/4 and 3/4 time
          •Play I-IV-V tunes in A, D, G, and E
          •Perform guitar music in both solo and ensemble settings
          •Know the basic parts of the guitar
          •Understand the historical and cultural significance of the guitar

          Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

          PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
          Instructor BioMr. Jeff Davis is one of the most popular guitar instructors in the Plymouth Canton area. Teaching since 1987, Mr. Davis has taught thousands of students to learn to play the guitar; both in private and classroom settings. Mr. Davis is a performing Classical Guitarist, the Director/Owner of Music Plymouth School of Music, and the author of 4 method books which all of his 45 weekly students learn from. Jeff has earned three degrees; Associate of Arts from Schoolcraft College, Bachelors of Music Performance as well as a Bachelors in Teacher Education with state of Michigan K-8 endorsement.
          Mr. Davis philosophy for teaching is to provide a comfortable, and dynamically fun learning environment in which all students may thrive. It is Mr. Davis' desire to teach all students, regardless of musical background or style and introduce the necessary concepts to build excitement in learning to play the Guitar.
          Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
          Professional Class?Professional
          Explorers' Professional Class Description

          Private Voice/Piano Lessons

          DisciplineMusic
          Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
          Age (Notes)Piano lessons are for all ages, K-12

          Voice lessons are for middle school and high school students.
          Instructor NameTrish Pino
          Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5 fee for music
          Class Size1 to 2
          Class Length1 semester(s)
          Class RoomSanctuary
          CurriculumVoice: Christian contemporary, musical theatre, classical music or requested titles

          Piano: Faber and Faber Piano curriculum, supplemental songs
          HomeworkPractice 15 minutes/ 5 days
          PrerequisitesVoice: a love for singing.

          Piano: an iterest in learning to play or strengthening skills on the piano.
          MaterialsVoice/Piano: $5-15 fee will be assessed by instructor if student needs to purchase a new book. Plan on one book/semester
          DescriptionLessons are available 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th. There are two openings per hour as these are 1/2 hour lessons.
          In voice, students will learn how to properly use their voice in order to strengthen and grow it in a healthy way, as well as build a personal repertoire. The goal will be to customize each lesson to the skill level of the student and focus on all aspects of performance such as diction, phrasing, stage presence, breathing, artistic expression, etc.

          For piano, students will learn proper technique at the piano, how to hold their hands and wrists, sit correctly, and how to use their fingers. They will be given exercises and songs to practice during the week which will strengthen their fingers and enforce proper techniques learned. Students will also learn to read music and basic music theory. Piano is a great starter instrument since many of the skills will translate to other instruments.

          If desired, both voice and piano students will have the opportunity to perform in the Extravaganza.

          Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

          PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
          Instructor BioInstructor Bio
          Trish Pino earned her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from the State University of NY at Fredonia and is certified in K-12 Vocal and General Music.  She then took a one year placement as a 6th-12th grade vocal and general music teacher.  After that, she studied at Belmont University and received her Master’s of Music in Music Education with a concentration in Vocal and Secondary Education.  After receiving her Master’s degree, she taught for 5 years at Currey Ingram Academy in Nashville, TN where she was responsible for 5th-6th grade general music classes, choir, and band.  She also has over 13 years of experience as a private piano and voice teacher.  Mrs. Pino served as the Music Director at Keystone Church in Saline for 4 years and now has her own practice of private piano and voice students.  
          Additional InformationThese are 1/2 hour lessons. You will need to talk with the instructor about which half of the hour you would like. Please note: each semester the student will receive 11 lessons. On the 12th week, the student will be expected to stay in the sanctuary in order to rehearse for the Extravaganza. If your child does not participate in the Extravaganza, he/she should not plan on a lesson that week; although if the sanctuary is empty and Mrs.Pino is not required for Extravaganza rehearsals, you may be able to do some singing/piano. Additionally, there is a possibility that a fee will be assessed for an accompanist for the Extravaganza, if necessary. Typical accompanist fees vary.
          (Please note: priority enrollment for 2nd semester will be given to those enrolled during 1st semester)

          PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
          Professional Class?Professional
          Explorers' Professional Class Description

          Private Piano Lessons

          DisciplineFine Arts
          Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
          Age (Notes)Do not need to know how to read, just be able to recognize letter A-G and numbers 1-5
          Instructor NameRonni Wilson
          Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5
          Class Size1 to 2
          Class Length1 semester(s)
          Class Room106
          HomeworkRonni believes that practice is always required to grow musically, but she also knows that if a student isn't having fun with lessons and the piano, learning is likely to not happen. Practicing is highly encouraged, but she does not require "practice logs" as part of the learning process. Ronni offers rewards to motivate her students and encourages parents to offer a space for their child to practice at home. It's has been Ronni's experience that much musical material is remembered when the student is in a stress-free environment and is in a "playful mindset" while playing the piano. Practicing will happen when the student is enjoying the piano.
          MaterialsRonni uses the Bastien Piano Basics curriculum. There are four books - piano, performance, technique and theory. All levels are available. She also takes into consideration what each student enjoys playing and implements those genres of music in lessons.
          DescriptionDuring the 30 minute private lesson, students will learn musical theory, scales and performance songs. Ronni believes in providing a solid musical foundation where students learn to read music and can eventually play any song they desire, not just copy/memorize a piece or two. All skill levels are welcome. Classes are taught in a stress-free environment with an encouraging attitude and positive motivation. Each lesson is also tailored to the student's interests and abilities.

          Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

          PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
          Instructor BioPiano has been a part of Ronni Wilson's life since she began taking lessons at the age of three. She continued lessons until she left for college where she became a certified elementary school teacher. Throughout her college career at Eastern Michigan University, she was a member of the symphonic band and marching band from 1989 to 1993. In 1990, she became Eastern Michigan University's first female Drum Major of the then EMU Marching Hurons.

          After teaching fourth grade for four years, Ronni decided to become a stay-at-home mom and teach a few piano lessons. She began with two students in 1999. She now has over 40 students and absolutely loves her job!

          Ronni has done community musical theater, plays piano and sings in her church worship band, and plays and sings with her sister at a variety of church and community functions.

          Outside of teaching, Ronni enjoys being with her family, reading, knitting, baking bread, spending time and having fun with friends and jumping rope!
          Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
          Professional Class?Professional
          Class Description

          YS Liberty Kids

          Disciplinehistory
          Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade
          Age (Notes)This class is only for students in K - 5th grades. Students may only take this class if they have a parent teaching a class in the afternoon at Explorers.
          Instructor NameMarylee Pierzynowski
          Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$10
          Class Size3 to 15
          Class Length1 semester(s)
          Class Room10/11
          DescriptionIn this class we will watch Liberty Kids video together, discuss it and then complete activities that relate to the historic topics included in the video.
          Explorers' Professional Class Description

          YS Choir

          DisciplinePerforming Arts
          Age Groups3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade
          Instructor NameChristine Remski
          Tuition/Materials Fees$25/$5 Materials Fee
          Class Size7 to 20
          Class Length1 semester(s)
          Class Room25
          DescriptionCome sing with the YS choir! We will be focusing on learning fun songs that will challenge and strengthen children's talents, while learning basic sight reading and other musical skills.
          Instructor BioChristine Remski is a proud Explorer's alumna currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in Music Education at Concordia University Ann Arbor. She has had a love of singing her whole life -- church choir for ten years, musicals and most recently in the women's choir at CUAA. She plays many instruments including guitar, piano and ukelele.
          Professional Class?Professional


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