Explorers Home School Association

Classes - 5th/6th Grade

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      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 A/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 NameSpencer Hanson
      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
      DescriptionAs a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
      Evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
      Instructor BioSpencer Hanson has been playing music avidly for the last 13 years. He attended Eastern Michigan University’s School of Music, with his main instrument being the classical guitar. During his time at EMU, Spencer was a member of multiple jazz combos, where he played electric jazz guitar, as well as electric and double bass. With these jazz combos he has performed at events such as the Eastern Michigan University Regent’s Dinner, the Ann Arbor Art Fair, 5:01 Jazz in Ann Arbor, and the Michigan Jazz Festival. Spencer is also part of a local band that has played numerous shows in states across the Midwest.
      As a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
      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 A/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

      Painting with Acrylics -students

      DisciplineArt
      Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)This class is for students age 11 and above.
      Instructor NameTerisa Tengler
      Tuition/Materials Fees$75/$25
      Class Size14 to 18
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room2
      MaterialsStudents should wear paint clothes or bring long smocks to every class.
      DescriptionThis semester in Acrylic Painting, students will spend half the semester on group projects and half the semester on the project of their own choosing. Among the group projects will be a scenic painting and a still life - which will be set up in the classroom.
      As a class, we'll focus on a few important techniques: shading, blending and perspective.
      Students should expect to create at least 4 frameable works of art throughout the semester.
      As always, no previous experience or drawing skills are necessary.
      As always, veteran students are encouraged to return, and new students are warmly welcome!
      As always, this class is for students aged 11 years and above.
      But here's what's NEW: Parents are invited to participate! Adults, please sign up under the class title: Adult Painting with Acrylics

      As always, it will be a bright and fun hour of color and technique set to the best playlist anyone ever heard!

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
      Instructor BioTerisa started drawing at 5 years old from watching her mother who could draw beautifully. Terisa has won awards throughout her school and career for drawing, architectural design and drawing, and photography. In college she was able to study alongside artists like Sam Houston who is well known for his beautiful watercolor landscapes. She graduated from Carson Newman College with a BA in photography and art. She was in the Who's Who for college photography the year she graduated.
      She taught photography for a large camp. Worked as a portrait photographer for many years. She has done commissioned oil painting and taught acrylics and painting in homeschool groups. She also is in the planning stages of a business/ministry teaching acrylics to women in churches that will have a spiritual discussion.
      She recently has connected with her extended family in Sweden and realized artistic abilities run in the family. Many of them and their ancestors are artist as well. They even have their own family fb page dedicated just to share their artistic endeavors.
      Professional Class?Professional
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      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.
      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.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER 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

      5th-12th Grade Choir

      DisciplineFine Arts
      Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameTrish Pino
      Tuition/Materials Fees$35/$5 material fee for music
      Class Size10 to 100
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomSanctuary
      DescriptionCome sing in the Choir! This class will focus on vocal technique, harmonizing, ear training and fun! Choir helps to develop musicality and teamwork principles. New students welcome.

      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 InformationTHIS IS A PROFESSIONAL CLASS.
      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 Room32
      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

      ASL

      DisciplineWorld Languages
      Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)This is a wide age range to teach foundational ASL.
      Instructor NameIsabel Pierzynowski
      Second Instructor NameMary Parrish
      Tuition/Materials Fees$15/$0
      Class Size5 to 12
      Class Length2 semester(s)
      Class Room27
      CurriculumYou'll need the book "A Basic Course in American Sign Language second Edition" and access to the internet.
      Homework Minimal homework other than to practice using signs.
      DescriptionThis class will be taught by our three advanced ASL high school students Gabe Gjernes, Isabel Pierzynowski, and Mary Parrish. They will be mentored by Teresa Gjernes.
      This class will be a continuation of the previous Beginning American sign language though new-comers are welcome. We will be learning more signs and phrases using games, music, and worksheets. The students will continue to build their vocabulary with story telling and weekly vocabulary sheets.
      Additional InformationGabe Gjernes will also instruct this class.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Class Description

      Ancient Greece

      DisciplineSocial studies
      Age Groups3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade
      Instructor NameBonnie Godbey-Potter
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$21
      Class Size4 to 12
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room10/11
      DescriptionAncient Greece was a fascinating place made up of many city-states. Two of the largest being Athens and Sparta. While these two city-states were often at war, they were thriving communities which made astonishing advances in the Arts, Theater, Science, Government and more. Each week we will have a mini lesson with a craft and will be displaying some of our crafts along with an Ancient Greece timeline in the Fall Extravaganza. I am looking forward to this class and working with your student(s) on the various crafts. I hope to see you there!!
      Class Description

      Grammar

      DisciplineLanguage Arts
      Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade
      Instructor NameGene Borgstahl
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$5
      Class Size2 to 10
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room8/9
      CurriculumTBD
      DescriptionIEW Grammar; FIX-IT The Nose Tree


      2nd hour

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      Private Guitar Lessons

      DisciplineMusic
      Age Groups1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameSpencer Hanson
      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
      DescriptionAs a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
      Evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
      Instructor BioSpencer Hanson has been playing music avidly for the last 13 years. He attended Eastern Michigan University’s School of Music, with his main instrument being the classical guitar. During his time at EMU, Spencer was a member of multiple jazz combos, where he played electric jazz guitar, as well as electric and double bass. With these jazz combos he has performed at events such as the Eastern Michigan University Regent’s Dinner, the Ann Arbor Art Fair, 5:01 Jazz in Ann Arbor, and the Michigan Jazz Festival. Spencer is also part of a local band that has played numerous shows in states across the Midwest.
      As a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
      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

      Fun and Fit Games

      Disciplinegym
      Age Groups3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade
      Instructor NameClare Kosmalski
      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 Room32
      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

      Calligraphy

      DisciplineArt
      Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameRachel Wampler
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$40 Pen sets, paper, and copies
      Class Size4 to 12
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room27
      HomeworkSome practice at home
      MaterialsTo be purchased by instructor.
      If you already have the calligraphy pen set, your fee will be reduced.
      Descriptioncal·lig·ra·phy

      Decorative handwriting or handwritten lettering.
      The art of producing decorative handwriting or lettering with a pen or brush

      Join us to learn this beautiful art!


      *Calligraphy and Photography are both up for registration. The one with the most interest will run.
      Class Description

      Apologia Chemistry and Physics

      DisciplineScience
      Age Groups5th/6th Grade
      Instructor NameSarah Greene
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$15
      Class Size5 to 12
      Class Length2 semester(s)
      Class Room10/11
      Curriculumbook: Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics, by Jeanie Fulbright, published by Apologia (978-1-935495-98-7) and journal (978-1-940110-05-9) Please order the textbook and journal prior to class starting.
      DescriptionCome learn about God’s creation through experimentation! We will study how things interact with each other and why they behave the way they do. We will be spending our time doing the book’s suggested experiments in class and writing about them in the journal. Although this is not memorization heavy, students should be familiar with the vocabulary used in the book as we will use it in class discussion. This is a reading heavy science curriculum. All reading should be done prior to class.
      Class Description

      Mixed Media Art

      DisciplineArt
      Age Groups3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade
      Instructor NameRebecca Parfitt
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$15
      Class Size5 to 10
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room2
      DescriptionThe students will enjoy using a variety materials to create a new art project each week. With inspiration from famous artists we will practice different drawing techniques using pencils, markers, oil pastels, and chalk pastels. We will also paint with watercolor and tempera paint. The students will create a collage, a simple mosaic, a clay pot, and more!
      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.
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Robotics with LEGO Mindstorms

      Age Groups3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade
      Instructor NameKatie Tilton
      Tuition/Materials Fees$85/$0
      Class Size4 to 12
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room6/7
      DescriptionUsing the LEGO Mindstorms NXT robot kits, students will become familiar with the fundamentals of computer programming using a powerful icon-based, drag-and-drop computer language that is easy to learn for many different types of learners. Students use this language to combine basic elements called icons including motion control and sensor icons to build programming that exhibits "intelligent" behavior. Students will program their robots to follow multi-step programs to drive in different patterns. They will also integrate sensors into their programs so that their robots can interact with their surroundings. This course with its individualized challenges teaches students to think outside the box, challenge their minds and prepare them for the world of technology.
      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
      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.
      Professional Class?Professional


      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 NameSpencer Hanson
      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
      DescriptionAs a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
      Evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
      Instructor BioSpencer Hanson has been playing music avidly for the last 13 years. He attended Eastern Michigan University’s School of Music, with his main instrument being the classical guitar. During his time at EMU, Spencer was a member of multiple jazz combos, where he played electric jazz guitar, as well as electric and double bass. With these jazz combos he has performed at events such as the Eastern Michigan University Regent’s Dinner, the Ann Arbor Art Fair, 5:01 Jazz in Ann Arbor, and the Michigan Jazz Festival. Spencer is also part of a local band that has played numerous shows in states across the Midwest.
      As a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
      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
      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 Room32
      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

      IEW - Fables, Myths, and Fairy Tales

      DisciplineWriting
      Age Groups3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade
      Age (Notes)For 3rd-5th graders and 6th graders who are not ready to move up to the next level for writing.
      Instructor NameRachel Martinez
      Second Instructor NameKaren Nickols
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$10
      Class Size4 to 14
      Class Length2 semester(s)
      Class Room4/5
      HomeworkStudents will be given daily assignments that must be worked on at home. Students will be expected to be prepared for class.
      MaterialsStudents must purchase Fables, Myths, and Fairy Tales Writing Lessons in Structure & Style Student Book. It is available from IEW.com and other retailers.
      DescriptionDelight in classic children's tales while learning to write with structure and style! Characters and adventures will capture students' imaginations and provide rich writing content.
      Class Description

      Greeting Card Making

      DisciplineArt
      Age Groups3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Adults may participate if they wish.
      Instructor NameLinda Selby
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$15
      Class Size4 to 12
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room30
      DescriptionIn this class we will explore different card making styles and techniques. We will use rubber stamps, learn paper folding techniques such as iris folding, try pop-ups and other 3-D techniques, learn a little about composition and color, use a variety of materials to embellish our cards and have fun while doing it!

      When learning a new technique we will all create the same card. There will also be plenty of opportunities to design and create your own unique cards.
      Instructor BioLinda has homeschooled for the past 14 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.
      Class Description

      Basic First Aid/Survival

      DisciplineEnrichment
      Age Groups3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade
      Instructor NameBonnie Godbey-Potter
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$13
      Class Size4 to 12
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room10/11
      DescriptionBasic Fist Aid /Survival will be split into two 6 week sessions. The first six weeks we will learn what to do in case of an emergency, accident, burn, bug bite and other health and safety issues. We will do this using a lapbook method and compiling a personal first aid kit. The second half of the twelve weeks we will learn a little bit about Survival and Personal Safety. Some examples are what to do when your lost? How best to handle Stranger Danger?, How to be aware and remember details and more. I am looking forward to you joining us in class! See you there!!
      Class Description

      Literature

      DisciplineLiterature
      Age Groups5th/6th Grade
      Age (Notes)Third or fourth graders that are strong readers and ready for the homework and discussion can be added by the team leader. Contact Kirsten Moran.
      Instructor NameKimberlee Smith
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$5
      Class Size5 to 10
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room8/9
      MaterialsThe following books will be needed: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates, and Little Britches, Father and I Were Ranchers by Ralph Moody.
      Books should be purchased prior to the first day of class. They may be purchased at Amazon, e-bay, or checked out from your local library. Single subject notebook for homework
      DescriptionParents – Your children will enjoy significant and thought-provoking conversations with their peers!!
      This curriculum will engage even the most introvert student as they participate in peer discussions. It will spark imagination and will nourish a love of reading. Each week at home, they will read a few chapters and answer chapter review questions to discuss in class. In class, we will discuss the answers to the review questions and will dig deeper into the story with thought-provoking questions/discussions.

      Students - Students will be expected to complete their weekly homework and come prepared to engage in class. Homework will include: answering chapter review questions, vocabulary & definition, character charts and summary reports.
      Class Description

      IEW: Following Narnia: Literature based Writing

      Disciplinewriting
      Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade
      Age (Notes)This class is just for 6th grade and up.
      Instructor NameMartina Elpi
      Second Instructor NameBrittanie Beasley
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$5
      Class Size4 to 14
      Class Length2 semester(s)
      Class Room1
      HomeworkHomework will be required. Reading and writing assignments 2-3 times per week.
      MaterialsFollowing Narnia Volume 1: The Lion's Song [Student Book only] Students will also need to rent, borrow or buy Chronicles of Narnia books
      Description"Did you know that Benjamin Franklin dropped out of school at 10? So, how did he become one of America's most prolific and well-versed writers? In this class, with the help of Mr. Pudewa's IEW Writing Program we will practice our writing skills based on existing literature. This "Benjamin Franklin Method" draws extensively on classical education values and methods and so will we. In this class you can learn, renew and/or polish your writing skills by reading and evaluating C.S. Lewis' Narnia series."

      Class Description

      Experiments!!

      DisciplineScience
      Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade
      Instructor NameMelissa Schlosser
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$25
      Class Size5 to 12
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room2
      DescriptionIn this class we will explore the exciting world of science with fun and hands on experiments! We will be experimenting with and learning about polymers, static electricity, gravity, towers, catapults, airplanes, rocket, and more! Come ready to have fun and learn about how and why all of these work!


      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 NameSpencer Hanson
      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
      DescriptionAs a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
      Evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
      Instructor BioSpencer Hanson has been playing music avidly for the last 13 years. He attended Eastern Michigan University’s School of Music, with his main instrument being the classical guitar. During his time at EMU, Spencer was a member of multiple jazz combos, where he played electric jazz guitar, as well as electric and double bass. With these jazz combos he has performed at events such as the Eastern Michigan University Regent’s Dinner, the Ann Arbor Art Fair, 5:01 Jazz in Ann Arbor, and the Michigan Jazz Festival. Spencer is also part of a local band that has played numerous shows in states across the Midwest.
      As a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
      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
      Instructor NameCindy Remski
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$15
      Class Size4 to 12
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room10/11
      DescriptionJoin us for fun with books, snacks, & crafts! Our classroom will be turned into a mock “restaurant” where students will enjoy sampling or “tasting” a variety of popular & award-winning children’s storybooks from various genres, authors, & reading levels. We will have teacher-read aloud stories & chats, simple author studies, book-related activities & crafts, and motivational reading rewards to go along with our author/theme of the week. Your child does NOT need to be a good reader to join in the book tasting fun… The goal of this class is to spark an interest in reading and introduce children to the wonderful world of books!


      Class Description

      Surprise Class

      DisciplineVarious
      Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameMarylee Pierzynowski
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$36
      Class Size2 to 14
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room1
      DescriptionWill we be cooking, will there be crafting, will we be doing a mission service project, scrapbooking, knitting,...etc???
      Hoping to have guest teachers and helpers to have a FUN class full of things to do....


      5th hour

      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 NameKristy Rodriguez
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
      Class Size4 to 20
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomGym
      Homeworknone
      Prerequisitesnone
      Materialsnone
      Description
      This 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.
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Guitar Lessons

      DisciplineMusic
      Age Groups1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameSpencer Hanson
      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
      DescriptionAs a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
      Evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
      Instructor BioSpencer Hanson has been playing music avidly for the last 13 years. He attended Eastern Michigan University’s School of Music, with his main instrument being the classical guitar. During his time at EMU, Spencer was a member of multiple jazz combos, where he played electric jazz guitar, as well as electric and double bass. With these jazz combos he has performed at events such as the Eastern Michigan University Regent’s Dinner, the Ann Arbor Art Fair, 5:01 Jazz in Ann Arbor, and the Michigan Jazz Festival. Spencer is also part of a local band that has played numerous shows in states across the Midwest.
      As a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
      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

      Theater Lab

      DisciplineTheater Arts
      Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)4th graders with permission from Anna Valaskova. Please let Susie Livingston know and she will add your student to the class.
      Instructor NameAnna Valaskova
      Second Instructor NamePolly Gjernes
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
      Class Size12 to 25
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room22/34, 24/35
      DescriptionThis class is dual focused with students choosing either to work on technical aspects or a mixture of onstage and technical aspects for our spring 2019 production of Seussical. TECH - Working with instructor, students will develop, design and build elements of set, prop and costumes. ACTING/TECH – Students will be working with the director and/or musical director on performance skills.
      Instructor BioAnna has extensive experience and education in both adult and children’s theatre – directing, designing and acting; as well as teaching classes for all ages. After earning a Master of Fine Arts at EMU in Children’s Theatre, Anna directed a children’s theatre program in Salina, KS. Anna has directed and taught at every level, including university. Children have a unique talent for ‘playing’ and acting is just guiding that talent to a specific story.
      Additional InformationStudents taking 6th hour theatre are encouraged to take this class, however this class is open to all students wanting to explore both acting and technical aspects of theatre.
      Class Description

      Programming for the Web

      DisciplineComputer Science
      Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameMarie Skrobola
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$5
      Class Size4 to 12
      Class Length2 semester(s)
      Class Room104/105
      CurriculumTextbooks Required: Parents are required to purchase the following textbooks:
      • HTML and CSS Visual Quickstart Guide (8th edition) by Elizabeth Castro and Bruce Hyslop
      (ISBN-13: 978-0321928832 / ISBN-10: 0321928830)
      • Javascript for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming by Nick Morgan
      (ISBN-10: 1593274084 / ISBN-13: 978-1593274085)

      HomeworkFor a student to be successful in this course, it will be important for them to complete their homework each week. Homework will include reading assignments and web coding assignments. Each student will be expected to complete a final web project each semester to showcase what they have learned.
      MaterialsStudents will be expected to bring a laptop computer to class (either PC or Mac) with the latest version of Google Chrome Web browser installed.
      DescriptionLearn how to program for the World Wide Web! This class will offer an introduction to web programming and design utilizing the programming languages of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. We will learn what the web is, where it came from, and how we can build and post our own web pages. Later we will learn how to make our websites interactive and we’ll even have some fun learning how to write our own computer games.
      Students in this class will learn the fundamentals of computer programming, which will help them learn future programming languages.
      Class Description

      YS Liberty Kids

      Disciplinehistory
      Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade
      Instructor NameKristy Rodriguez
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$5
      Class Size2 to 10
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      DescriptionHistory class based on poplar videos Liberty kids. art projects, games, music will be used to enhance lessons.


      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 NameSpencer Hanson
      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
      DescriptionAs a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
      Evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
      Instructor BioSpencer Hanson has been playing music avidly for the last 13 years. He attended Eastern Michigan University’s School of Music, with his main instrument being the classical guitar. During his time at EMU, Spencer was a member of multiple jazz combos, where he played electric jazz guitar, as well as electric and double bass. With these jazz combos he has performed at events such as the Eastern Michigan University Regent’s Dinner, the Ann Arbor Art Fair, 5:01 Jazz in Ann Arbor, and the Michigan Jazz Festival. Spencer is also part of a local band that has played numerous shows in states across the Midwest.
      As a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
      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
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Gym

      DisciplinePhysical Education
      Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)No 5th graders. 6th graders with permission from team leader, Susie Livingston.
      Instructor NameBrady Keene
      Tuition/Materials Fees$30/$0
      Class Size6 to 20
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomGym
      DescriptionCome out for baseball, basketball, football, kickball, soccer, ultimate frisbee, capture the flag, and more. We'll learn the rules and skills and then play the game.
      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
      Instructor BioBrady is a nineteen-year-old Washtenaw Community College student from Milan MI. He plans to major in theatre and currently directs theatre at Milan High School.
      Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Class Description

      Theatre Troupe

      DisciplinePerforming Arts
      Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)4th graders with permission from Anna Valaskova. Please let Susie Livingston know and she will add your student to the class.
      Instructor NameAnna Valaskova
      Second Instructor NamePolly Gjernes
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$100 Materials, rentals, & director fees.($100 fee for 2nd semester as well)
      Class Size12 to 30
      Class Length2 semester(s)
      Class Room22/34, 24/35
      HomeworkThis class culminates in a performance outside regular Explorers term. There will also be Friday afternoon rehearsals throughout the school year. Students will be required to commit to all extra rehearsals and performances. Students must spend time outside of class learning material. Students, as well as parents, will be required to assist in the technical aspects of the production as well as 5-8 fundraising events.
      Description This class will be performing the musical Seussical. (Production description at https://www.mtishows.com/seussical) Public performances are tentatively set for June 7&8, 2019. In class students will be working on both onstage and technical aspects of the production. Students interested in only backstage work can also register for the class.
      Instructor BioAnna has extensive experience and education in both adult and children’s theatre – directing, designing and acting; as well as teaching classes for all ages. After earning a Master of Fine Arts at EMU in Children’s Theatre, Anna directed a children’s theatre program in Salina, KS. Anna has directed and taught at every level, including university. Children have a unique talent for ‘playing’ and acting is just guiding that talent to a specific story.
      Additional Information2 semesters, can be taken only 2nd semester WITH INSTRUCTORS PERMISSION.
      First term – Students are encouraged to take 5th hour Theatre Lab
      Second term – Students will be required to take both 5th and 6th hours.
      Unfamiliar with this production? Check out numerous videos of the show on youtube.

      Parents of participants will be required to participate in 5-8 fundraising events; 2 parent meetings; production work of approximately 20-30 hours over the course of the year; a production week assignment; and with set building, move-in and strike.
      High School Credit1
      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 Size6 to 20
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      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.
      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
      Instructor BioChristine Remski is a proud Explorers alumnus who has dedicated much of her time to her life’s passion of music. After a year of intense music education studies at Concordia University Ann Arbor, she has been in several choirs over a span of ten years, many times being a lead soloist soprano at both her church choir and in her time with Concordia’s Women Chorale. She has been a part of several musical productions and continues to take voice lessons. Christine has a firm belief that when approaching musical studies with children, it has to be kept fun but also informative enough so that they walk away knowing more at the end of the class. She is currently working on finishing her Associates Degree in Fine Arts and Performance at Washtenaw Community College.
      Professional Class?Professional


      7th hour

      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


      8th hour



      9th hour



      10th hour

      Class Description

      Class Trip to Washington DC

      DisciplineField Trip
      Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)This is for 6th grade thru high school.
      Instructor NameMelanie Emerson
      Second Instructor NameTanya Towler
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0 See description
      Class Size2 to 50
      Class Length2 semester(s)
      PrerequisitesProcedure and Information:
      • $100 non-refundable deposit per person is due by June 15, 2018.
      • All payments made over and above the deposit are completely refundable up to 30 days prior to departure
      • Final payment is due 30 days prior to departure
      • A parent or legal guardian must attend for each family
      • Student must be in 6th grade at the start of the 2018-19 school year or older
      Description April 3-6, 2019. We are so very excited to be hosting this Middle/High school trip along with Bianco tours to Washington DC during the Cherry Blossom season next year, 2019. Our trip destinations are listed below along with other helpful information to assist you.
      • Gettysburg, PA: Civil War Museum, Cyclorama, Battlefield Tour, Farnsworth House
      • Washington, DC: Whitehouse Capital Tour, Whitehouse Photo Stop, Union Station, Bertucci’s, Tour of Monuments and Memorials, Museum of Bible, Smithsonian Museum, Hard Rock Café, Arlington National Cemetery-Tram Tour, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Kennedy Gravesite, Iwo Jima and Pentagon Memorial, Pentagon City Mall
      Cost is set at $560 per person based on quad occupancy with a total of 50 travelers. The price may vary a bit depending on number of travelers but at no time will increase above $580 per person at 45 travelers. We reserve the right to cancel the trip and refund all deposits paid in the event that we do not reach our required headcount prior to booking the trip. There will be an additional charge of no more than $15 per person to cover lanyard/badges and a T-shirt for a group photo at the Whitehouse Photo Stop.
      If there are seats available on the bus after Explorers’ registration closes we will extend, by personal invite, offers to other homeschool families to join us in order to fill the bus and lock in our pricing.
      Additional InformationIf you have additional questions or you would like to receive an information packet which includes the trip itinerary, please contact Melanie Emerson or Tanya Towler.
      We will be hosting fundraisers and taking volunteers to do the same to assist with payment. Your family can participate in all or none of them. It is totally up to you.
      We have already begun our first effort with the sale of Marcos pizza cards. These are all profit. They have ben generously donated and have cost us nothing. You will be credited $10 for each card purchased/sold. Please see Tanya if you would like to get started.
      We hope that you will join us with your middle/high schooler for an unforgettable experience!
      Melanie Emerson – melanieemerson@gmail.com
      Tonya Towler - towler001@gmail.com