Welcome to the Music Lesson program at the St. Paul’s Schools. These private lessons are offered weekly in the Ward Center by instructors who hold music degrees from colleges and universities around the country. Lessons are available for bass guitar, cello, clarinet, drums, guitar, piano, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, violin, and voice.
Click here for the Music Lessons Registration form for 2012-2013.
At this time it is possible to register for the entire year or only the first semester. Registration forms must be accompanied by a check to be considered. Returning music lessons students have until Friday, August 24, 2012, to return their registration, and keep their teacher, day, and time from last semester. Placement of students new to the Music Lessons program in open slots will begin on August 27, 2012.
Transportation is available from the Lower School to the Ward Center Monday through Friday for a fee. Lower School students may only sign up for a 3:30 time slot if they use our transportation service. Lower School transport students who have lessons after 4:30 p.m. need to enroll in ESP until they are picked up 15 minutes before their lesson. Middle and Upper School students do not require transportation to the Ward Center.
We are excited about the offerings of the Music Lessons program and look forward to creating beautiful music with your children.
Calendar and Guidelines
Registration/Payment Due Fri, Aug. 24
Session Begins Mon, Sept. 10
Trial Period Ends Fri, Sept. 21
Session Ends Fri, Jan. 25
Registration/Payment Due Fri, Jan. 11
Session Begins Mon, Jan. 28
Trial Period Ends Fri, Feb. 8
Session Ends Mon, June 10
Registration/Payment Due Fri, May 24
Session Begins Mon, June 17
Trial Period Ends Fri, June 28
Session Ends Fri, July 26
- Lessons meet weekly and are available in blocks of 30 for Sessions 1 and 2 combined, 15 for Session 1 or Session 2, and a block of 6 for Session 3.
- There must be a registration form on file for each student during the session for which he or she is enrolled in music lessons. Fees for each session must be paid in full before the first lesson.
- There is a trial period of two weeks at the beginning of each session. Those who do not wish to continue lessons must notify the Ward Center during the trial period to be refunded the balance of the lesson fee. After the trial period, payment for the session is non-refundable. Parents who register for 30 lessons are entitled to the trial period for Session 1 and Session 2.
- Lessons canceled by the instructor will be made up. Lessons canceled by students can only be rescheduled at the discretion of the instructor. Please notify the instructor by 8:00 a.m. the morning of the lesson.
- Transportation from the Lower School to the Ward Center is available Monday through Friday for a fee. Lower School students may only schedule a 3:30 lesson if they use our transportation service.
Sessions 1 and 2
30-minute lessons - $420 (one session), $840 (two sessions)
45-minute lessons - $592.50 (one session), $1,185 (two sessions)
60-minute lessons - $765 (one session), $1,530 (two sessions)
60-minute ensemble - $420 (one session), $840 (two sessions)
30-minute lessons - $168
45-minute lessons - $237
60-minute lessons - $306
$75 (one session), $150 (two sessions)
Areas of Study
Bass Guitar, Cello, Clarinet, Composition with Computer, Drums, Flute, Guitar, Harp, Piano, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Violin, Voice
Session 2 Schedules
TRACEY BURK – VIOLIN
B.A. Florida State University; Certificat d’Aptitudes de Langues, Universite de Paris IV, La Sorbonne
Tracey is an accomplished classical musician, performing in symphony orchestras, opera orchestras, and as a chamber and recording musician in the Baltimore/Washington and surrounding areas since 1996. She started her career in Paris, France, where she spent five years performing with a number of symphony orchestras, as well as with the Quatour International de Paris. She has been teaching privately since 1992.
Wednesday 3:00- 5:30 p.m.
RUTHIE A. CARNEY – FLUTE
The Leeds College of Music; AGSM The Guildhall School of Music and Drama; LRAM The Royal Academy of Music, London, England
Ms. Carney moved to the United States from the United Kingdom in 2002 when her husband assumed his appointment as Concertmaster for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. She has 25 years of private lessons teaching experience, as well as chamber ensemble and orchestral performance experience. Ruthie is currently teaching privately and playing as a member of the Carney Trio.
B.M. Temple University
Mr. Dochterman has performed with a variety of musical ensembles including the Maryland Symphony, Londontowne Symphony, Mid-Atlantic Symphony, and the Annapolis Opera orchestra. He is currently the trombone teacher at Anne Arundel Community College and the band director at Loyola Blakefield.
Thursday 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
JOHN FICKLIN - PIANO
B.M. Florida State University; M.M. Peabody Conservatory
While earning his Bachelor of Music and Philosophy, John Ficklin studied with Carlisle Floyd at Florida State University. He earned his Master of Music with honors in performance while studying with Ellen Mack at the Peabody Conservatory. In addition to teaching at the St. Paul’s Schools, Mr. Ficklin teaches at Towson University Preparatory.
Monday 3:00-6:00 p.m.; Thursday 3:00-7:00 p.m.; Friday 2:30-5:30 p.m.
HEATHER FLOWER-ROGERS – VOICE
B.A. St. Mary’s College; M.A. University of Colorado
Ms. Flower-Rogers had six years of Kodaly training with Betty Bertaux while singing with the Children’s Chorus of Maryland. She is currently a musicianship teacher at the Baltimore School for the Arts, the Director of Youth Choirs at the Grace United Methodist Church in Baltimore, and is a faculty member at the St. Paul’s School for Girls.
Monday – Friday during the school day and after school
DAVID FRIEMAN – BASS GUITAR AND DOUBLE BASS
B.S. Towson University
David Frieman, a versatile bassist, teaches double bass and bass guitar and holds a B.S. in Music Education from Towson University. He has been performing for more than 30 years; co-principal with the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra for 14 years. Currently, Mr. Frieman is playing with Smooth Kentucky, Feinwood, The Wayfarers and various jazz, bluegrass, and rock groups. His lessons focus on building technique and principles vital to playing all styles of music.
Thursday - 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
CARL GRUBBS - CLARINET, SAXOPHONE, COMPOSITION WITH COMPUTER
Carl Grubbs studied as an apprentice to the late John Coltrane. In spring 2009 Carl was the recipient of the first Baker Artist Award. He currently serves as an adjudicator for the Maryland State Scholarship Committee. In addition to teaching saxophone and clarinet at the St. Paul’s School, Mr. Grubbs teaches a course in Jazz Improvisation.
Wednesday 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
SHAWN HEMING – GUITAR
B.M. Towson University
Shawn Heming earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Guitar Performance from Towson University and is currently working on a Master of Arts in Teaching from UMBC. He is a freelance guitarist/mandolinist working with a variety of groups ranging in styles including rock, jazz, bluegrass, and classical. In addition to teaching at St. Paul’s, Mr. Heming also teaches guitar and music theory at Archbishop Spaulding High School.
Tuesday and Thursday 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
ROBERT JENKINS - PERCUSSION
B.M. Peabody Conservatory; M.M. Peabody Conservatory
Robert Jenkins is a member of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. He is also an active freelance percussionist, timpanist, and drummer performing with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and several others. As a member of the Global Percussion Trio, Mr. Jenkins performs traditional African, Cuban, and Brazilian music, Middle Eastern frame drumming, and American ragtime and jazz. Mr. Jenkins has performed in a variety of groups ranging from orchestra, Broadway shows and jazz combos, to funk and rock bands.
Monday or Tuesday 3:00-7:00 p.m.
BEAU LOCHTE – PIANO
B.M. Towson University; Music Composition
Beau Lochte has more than ten years of experience teaching students to read, understand, and enjoy playing piano. He encourages collaborations among his students, arranges music for performance, and guides students in composing original pieces. Beau is currently Director of the Handbell Choir at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen. Beau’s range of musical compositions include pieces for chorus, full orchestra, concert band, flute, clarinet, brass quintet, violin, cello, percussion, organ, piano, percussion, doorbells, and birdsong.
Monday and Wednesday 2:30 – 6:30 p.m.
ANETA OTREBA – CELLO and VIOLIN
B.M. Towson University; M.M. Towson University; D.M.A. University of Maryland
Aneta Otreba received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is a member of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with such orchestras as the Concert Artists of Baltimore, Washington Summer Opera, and the New World Symphony Orchestra in Florida. She is the winner of the Baltimore Music Club Competition and the Towson University Liberman Music Competition.
Wednesday 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
JACQUELINE POLLAUF – HARP
B.M. Harp Performance, Peabody Conservatory; M.M. Harp Performance /Pedagogy, Peabody Conservatory
Praised as playing with “glittering beauty” (Lawrence Budman, critic for The Miami Herald) and a “steady and most satisfying elegance” (The Toledo Blade) harpist Jacqueline Pollauf appears frequently as a soloist, chamber, and ensemble musician. Her debut solo album Bouquet, was released in 2009. In addition to teaching at the St. Paul’s Schools, Jacqueline is on the faculties of the University of Maryland Baltimore County, the Baltimore School for the Arts, and the Maryland Conservatory of Music.
Tuesday 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
MOLLY SCHAEREN – PIANO
B.A. Connecticut College; T.D Cercle Lémanique d’Etudes Musicales; M.M. Towson University
Molly Schaeren studied in Switzerland with pianist Edith Fischer where she completed a post-graduate Pedagogy Degree in Piano. For 20 years, she taught music at the International School of Lausanne to pre-k through eighth grade students. Mrs. Schaeren is currently teaching general music and piano in the Baltimore area.
Tuesday and Thursday 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.
MEGAN SHERIDAN – PIANO
B.M. Westminster Choir College of Rider University; M.A. Teachers College, Columbia University; Kodaly Certification Texas State University
Megan Sheridan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education with studies in voice and piano from Westminster Choir College of Rider University and a Master of Arts degree in Music and Music Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She also holds full certification in Kodaly Method. Prior to teaching at St. Paul’s, Ms Sheridan taught piano and voice lessons for Columbia University, Trenton Community Music School, and in private studio. Currently Ms. Sheridan is the Lower School Music Teacher at St. Paul’s School for Boys.
DAVID VERGAUWEN – GUITAR
B.M. Towson University
David Vergauwen has performed and taught in the Baltimore area for the past 17 years. His performance credits include Dona Fancisquita at the Kennedy Center and Evita with the Maryland Arts Festival. Mr. Vergauwen is currently doing freelance guitar and producing.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
MARK WILSON – PIANO
B.M. Boise State University; M.M. Peabody Conservatory
Mark Wilson joined the music faculty of the St. Paul’s School in 1988 as Director of Music for the Middle School and currently serves as Chapel Organist and Accompanist for the Upper School Choirs. As a choral composer, Mark has written several commissioned pieces for the School and continues to write for four publishers with more that 30 pieces currently in print.