Established on April 2, 2007, the Teaching Studios operate under the auspices of Wesleyan Christian Academy. The objective of the Teaching Studios is to enhance the overall Fine Arts program at Wesleyan Christian Academy, provide a resource for other area music programs, and to make a contribution to the musical and artistic life of the community. To achieve these objectives, the teaching faculty has been selected from among the most highly qualified, gifted, and talented professionals available. We provide the highest quality instruction in a safe and secure environment. Lessons are available for all ages and ability levels - not only for academy students and parents, but also area churches, public and private schools, and the community at-large.
Why Take Private Lessons?
- to receive one-on-one music lessons from a professional musician who seeks to meet your individual goals
- to increase technical skills and musical understanding through a course of study tailored to meet your needs
- to develop and enhance your overall musicianship by exploring the history, literature, and performance practices associated with your chosen instrument.
Our studio is home to many recognized professionals with credentials both on and off the stage. Our teachers hold graduate and/or undergraduate degrees from accredited colleges and universities, and many of them have NC teaching certification or equivalent professional experience. Several are engaged in music education at the primary, secondary, and college levels in both public and private settings. Our teachers are actively performing at a professional level in local, regional, national, and international venues. Please click on the names below for their degree designations and a short biography. Many of the Teaching Studios faculty have also provided a sample of their instrumental music. Enjoy!
Steve Ware - Bass Guitar
B.M., North Carolina School of the Arts
Steve Ware received his B.M. degree in Tuba Performance from the North Carolina School of the Arts where he studied with Robert Clark and David Mills. Steve has performed with regional symphony orchestras, wind ensembles, brass ensembles, musical theater orchestras, as well as the Traveling Broadway Musical Series. Steve is also an established freelance jazz bass player and can be seen and heard performing throughout the Triad. Currently, Steve is the Tuba Instructor at Greensboro College and is performing with the Stratford Brass Quintet and the Sunset Fourtet.
Colleen Finan - Clarinet
B.S., Pennsylvania State University
Colleen Finan received her Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Pennsylvania State University with an emphasis in General and Instrumental Music playing clarinet in ensembles ranging from the Clarinet Choir to the Penn State Marching Blue Band. Since moving to North Carolina in 1997, Colleen has continued to perform throughout the area with community and professional ensembles. She has previously served as the Instrumental, Choral, and General Music Instructor at Perry Harrison Elementary School in Pittsboro, NC, General Music Instructor at Wallburg Elementary School in Davidson Co., NC as well as Music Camp Woodwind Instructor for Ledford High School.
Lessons range from $22 to $25 per half hour. Arrangements can be made with the individual teacher for extended times. Lessons are scheduled/paid by the calendar month with one lesson per week being the norm. Times must be confirmed by Dr. Mike Jarrett and by the individual instructor prior to the first lesson.
Note: Students in the After School Program cannot be picked up and returned to lessons by studio teachers. Starting in 3rd grade, elementary students may be dismissed from their classroom immediately after school and walk to lessons unescorted with parental permission.