Special Arts Programs
After-school private music 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. Levels of instruction range from beginning through advanced, culminating with the opportunity to perform at a recital.
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.
Areas of Study
Cello, Clarinet, Drums, Flute, Guitar, Piano, Saxophone, Violin, and Voice.
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.
Tuesday 3:00 - 5:30 p.m.
RUTHIE A. CARVER – FLUTE
The Leeds College of Music; AGSM The Guildhall School of Music and Drama; LRAM The Royal Academy of Music, London, England
Ms. Carver has taught flute alongside classroom teaching for over 30 years. She plays professionally in chamber ensembles both here and abroad.
Thursday 3:30 – 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 3:00-5:30 p.m.
HEATHER FLOWER-ROGERS – VOICE
B.A. St. Mary’s College; M.A. University of Colorado
Ms. Flower-Rogers had six years of Kodály 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. Saturday morning.
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.
TBD 3:15 – 6:00 p.m.
Mark demull - PERCUSSION
B.M. Alma College; M.M. Michigan State University; G.P.D. Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University
Mark DeMull is originally from Michigan, where he completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees in percussion performance. From 2011-2014, he remained in-state and taught percussion at Alma College and Saginaw Valley State University. He is a diverse musician whose specialities include solo and chamber music, orchestral percussion and timpani, world music, marching percussion, and jazz. Mark currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland, where he is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Baltimore and a doctoral student at the Peabody Conservatory.
Monday 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 with other instruments, arranges music for performance, and guides students in composing original pieces. Beau directs the Handbell Choir at Second Presbyterian Church and is the Artistic Director and founder of Charm City Bronze Handbell Ensemble. Beau’s range of musical compositions include pieces for orchestra, voice, concert band, brass quintet, percussion, organ, piano, doorbells, and birdsong.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 3:00 – 6:30 p.m. Times also available during the school day.
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. Aneta is currently on the faculty of the Baltimore String Orchestra Camp and string group teacher at the String Academy at Notre Dame Preparatory School.
Thursday 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
MARLENE RUA PASTERNACK – PIANO
B. M. Ithaca College; M.M. New England Conservatory
Marlene received her Bachelor of Music degree from Ithaca College in Piano Performance and Music Education and her Master of Music in Musicology from the New England Conservatory. For thirteen years Marlene served as Director of Applied Music, Chair of the Music and Performing Arts Departments, Choral Director, and Teacher of Music at Garrison Forest School. Before moving to Baltimore, Marlene was Head of the Fine Arts Department at the Windsor School in Boston, where she taught Music for fifteen years. Marlene frequently performs as a vocal soloist, piano soloist, collaborative pianist, liturgical musician, and choral conductor. She currently teaches private lessons in piano to students of all ages and levels.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 3:30 - 6:00 p.m.
MOLLY SCHAEREN – PIANO
B.A. Connecticut College; T.D Cercle Lémanique d’Etudes Musicales; M.M. Towson University
Molly Schaeren studiedin 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.Since returning to the United States,Mrs. Schaeren has taught general music and piano in the Baltimore area.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 3:30 - 6:00 p.m.
DAVID VERGAUWEN – GUITAR
B.M. Towson University
David Vergauwen has performed and taught in the Baltimore area for the past 19years. 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 and Thursday 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Calendar and Guidelines
Registration/Payment Due Aug. 29
Session Begins Sept. 10
Trial Period Ends Sept. 21
Session Ends Jan. 18
Registration/Payment Due Jan. 9
Session Begins Jan. 22
Trial Period Ends Feb. 4
Session Ends June 10
Registration/Payment Due June 5
Session Begins June 10
Trial Period Ends June 21
Session Ends July 19
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. Contact the Ward Center for pro-rated options for lessons that align with the calendar for the athletic trimester.
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.
Payment options are check or credit card at www.spsfg.org/music .
- 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 missed by students can only be re-scheduled 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.
RatesSession 1 and 2 One Session Two Sessions
30- minute lessons $460 $920
45- minute lessons $645 $1290
60- minute lessons $825 $1650
60- minute ensemble $460 $920
Transportation $75 $150
30- minute lessons $185
45- minute lessons $260
60- minute lessons $330
BAM Theater Programs
- Students ages 7 to 13 in a morning session from 10 a.m.-noon.
- Students ages 13 to 17 in an afternoon session from 1-3 p.m.
Maryland Institute College of Arts PROGRAMS
MICA provides a wide range of programs for the youngest artists to grow their skills and make the most of their interests right here on campus. Learn more about the program.