Music Lessons

Durham Academy is proud to offer music lessons with a diverse array of talented musicians who are also committed teachers. DA's music faculty include professional recording artists, faculty members at colleges and universities and graduates with advanced music degrees from esteemed institutions. But most importantly, this group of active performing musicians is made up of committed educators who are excited to inspire music-making in their students while also building skills to establish a sound technical foundation.  

We offer private lessons to students in kindergarten, the Lower School, Middle School and Upper School on piano, violin, guitar, saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, flute, ukulele and more! While students are not required to perform, concerts are arranged for students enrolled in the program who want to participate and are a terrific way for students to share their work with their friends and family.

The Lower School Music teacher, Luke Hoffman, offers Orff, Chorus, and Recorder and Ukulele Jam Band to second- through fourth-graders. Folk Dancing is available for all Lower School students. Sign up is available through your Veracross Portal.

Trying to determine which instrument to start your child on? Interested in a lesson on an instrument not listed below? Not sure if your child should begin with group or private lessons? Please email Jackie Nappi, after-school music coordinator,  at Jackie.Nappi@da.org with any questions and we will do our best to accommodate you and your family. After you are scheduled for a lesson, your child’s teacher will advise you on what books to purchase for lessons, as well as instrument requirements for home (renting a violin, purchasing music books, etc.).

We really hope that you love the lesson you signed up for, but in case you do not, you have until Sept. 24 for first-semester lessons and Jan. 28 for the second semester to drop a lesson at no cost. Consider this a trial period.

For the 2018-2019 school year, private lesson sign-ups will be for both fall and spring semesters. Students will have an opportunity to drop or change lesson times (if possible) if Jackie Nappi is notified of this change before winter break.

In an effort to make these programs more affordable, we will now bill them in installments. Fall lessons will be billed in October, November, and December, and Spring lessons will be billed in February, March and April. 

Listed below are the instruments we currently have lessons available for, along with information on instructors. To arrange for private lessons, please email Jackie Nappi. You can also register for certain group lessons online through your Veracross Portal.

2018–2019 Lesson Dates

Fall 2018

Mondays — 11 lessons (Please note that the first Monday lesson is 9/17)
Dates: 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26, 12/3
No Lessons: 9/10, 10/8
Make up: 12/10

Tuesdays — 14 lessons
Dates: 9/4, 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27, 12/4
Make up: 12/11

Wednesdays — 12 classes
Dates: 9/5, 9/12, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/28, 12/5
No Lessons: 9/19, 11/21
Make up: 12/12

Thursdays — 13 classes
Dates: 9/6, 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6
No Lessons: 11/22
Make up: 12/13

Fridays — 11 classes
Dates: 9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 11/2, 11/16, 11/30, 12/7
No Lessons: 10/26, 11/9, 11/23
Make up: 12/14

Spring 2019

Mondays — 13 classes
Dates: 1/14, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4, 3/18, 3/25, 4/8, 4/15, 4/29, 5/6
No Lessons: 1/21, 3/11, 4/1, 4/22
Make up: 5/13

Tuesdays — 16 classes
Dates: 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7
No Lessons: 3/12
Make up: 5/14

Wednesdays — 16 classes
Dates: 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8
No Lessons: 3/13
Make up: 5/15

Thursdays —

Preschool - 15 classes

Dates: 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 3/7, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9
No Lessons: 2/28, 3/14
Make up: 5/16

Lower, Middle, and Upper School - 16 classes

Dates: 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9
No Lessons: 3/14
Make up: 5/16

Fridays — 13 classes

Preschool

Dates: 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 3/8, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10
No Lessons: 3/1, 3/15, 4/19, 5/3
Make up: 5/17 

Lower, Middle, and Upper School

Dates: 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 3/8, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10
No Lessons: 2/22, 3/1, 3/15, 4/19
Make up: 5/17 

All classes missed due to instructor absence (illness, etc) will be covered by a sub or made up. For weather-related or unexpected school closings, Durham Academy ensures 1 make-up class; any classes canceled over that cannot be made up or refunded.

Private Lessons

All private lessons are $40 for a 30-minute lesson. We recommend that all beginner students start with a 30-minute lesson. Longer lessons may be arranged for more advanced students.

Available Lesson Times

To arrange for private lessons, please email Jackie Nappi.

Piano

Piano teachers at Durham Academy have a varied musical training background. From classical to jazz to rock, piano lessons at DA can accommodate a diverse array of interests and styles. Emphasis is placed on reading, theory, and basic musicianship skills, and all students are encouraged to participate in the Annual Recitals as well as instructors' Studio Recitals. 

Instructors

Jackie Nappi graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education from The Hartt School and a Master's in Music Performance from SUNY Stony Brook. As both a dedicated teacher and performer, Jackie specializes in classical and early music. Her teaching style reflects and adjusts to each student's needs and goals, while at the same time maintaining good structure and clear expectations. Reading, technique, and basic musicianship are some of her areas of focus as a teacher. As a member of the North Carolina Music Teachers Association and Durham Music Teachers Association, her students often participate in annual Playathons and competitions in the area. 

Jackie performs regularly on the East Coast and more recently on the West Coast. As a harpsichordist, she is an active musician in the Raleigh-Durham area, performing as soloist and accompanist, most recently working with the Duke Vespers Ensemble. Jackie is also a member of the American Guild of Organists and is Minister of Music at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Durham where she directs the music program. 

Todd Tignor graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia with a music education degree, majoring in piano. She has taught classroom music and private piano lessons for 30 years in Virginia, Chicago, and Durham. Her teaching style is relaxed and friendly while maintaining structure and high expectations for all students. She is very aware of individual needs, and the emphasis in lessons is centered on technique, musical expression, and reading as students discover and maintain the joy of making music.

Todd's years as a musician and teacher have affirmed a strong belief in the emotional and intellectual benefits of learning to play a musical instrument.  She welcomes students of all ages to experience the solid music foundation that learning to play the piano brings to everyone, and looks forward to the unique experience of guiding each student to enjoy making music throughout life.

Jon Le Sueur speaks two languages fluently: English and Music (and a little French). An avid piano/guitar player of 20-plus years, he specializes in ear training, sight reading and music theory, which prepare the students for becoming well-rounded musicians. Jon designs each curriculum around the pupil, strengthening the weaknesses and complimenting the strengths while making it seem more like a game than practice. After graduating from Durham School of the Arts, Jon packed his bags for the mountains of Appalachian State University. There, he received a degree in Audio Engineering while being trained classically in piano. Jon currently tours throughout the state in his New Age Folk group, LiLa, and hopes to one day earn his Masters in Music Therapy.

Jeana Holdstock was born and raised in Virginia. She began singing and playing the piano at a very young age. She graduated from Christ For the Nations in Dallas, Texas, where she studied voice and piano. She furthered her studies at The Psalmody Academy for the performing Arts in South Africa (where she met her husband, Steven, who also teaches music lessons at DA). As a gifted music teacher, Jeana Holdstock embodies that rare, substantial fragrance of heart and soul that music eagerly demands. Year after year, she kindles those burning embers within others to learn and grow in their music love affair. She has continued to hone her skills and teach throughout her adult life offering instruction in piano and voice in both private and group settings as well as beginning drums.

When you become a student of Jeana Holdstock, you will quickly realize that the true enjoyment of music’s journey isn't found merely in the content and variety of instructional tools at her disposal but rather in her ability to articulate the language of music using methodologies, humor and life’s experiences in a way that creates the atmosphere for unbiased musical expression and learning which instantly puts her students at ease allowing for a coaching expression that eludes so many.

Steven Holdstock hails from South Africa. He began playing the piano professionally at the age of 12 and continued to do so through his teenage years and beyond. At the age of 15 he completed his Grade 7 (ALCM) in Musical Theory, Popular Music Theory and Performance Competency with the London School of Music. He later furthered his studies at the Psalmody Academy for the Performing Arts in South Africa. The timelessness and purity of music as both a language and creative discipline have always been a tenor and hallmark of Steven’s philosophy of music as a performer and teacher. His skills really shine through in his ability to teach and inspire others to develop and release the musical giftedness within.

"Whether performing for an Arts Exhibition or teaching young and old the timeless language of music on various instruments there is a resounding consistency of truth that the real treasure of music is revealed when you learn the art of giving what you know about music to others freely and without reservation." — Steven Holdstock

For more information, visit www.lifetimemusic.org.

Guitar, Ukulele and Bass Guitar

From classical to folk to rock, there are few instruments as stylistically versatile as the guitar. Guitars are available in smaller sizes for the youngest players, and starting on the ukulele can also be a great option for tiny hands. Students interested in instruments such as banjo and mandolin may also inquire about lessons.

Instructors

Vlad Klary is a professional guitarist with over 15 years experience of playing all over the world. He holds a Bachelor of Music from Ternopil Pedagogical University, Ukraine. Since moving to North Carolina in 2004, Vlad has shared the stage with the greatest musicians in the area and released his first U.S. album. Here is what world-famous producer Cliff Cultreri says about him: "Vlad is an absolute sweetheart of human being and a very emotional player who puts all his heart into his music. He is a great teacher and he is such likable individual who lives to play, learn and share/teach the guitar." Learn more about Vlad at www.vladkary.com

"My lessons are open for all levels from absolute beginners to advanced players, typically starting with Hal Leonard's Guitar Method Book as well as learning students' favorite songs. I find out what students are interested in and guide my instruction accordingly to keep lessons engaging and fun! My goal is to help students to find their own path in the musical journey. Once you find it you will enjoy practicing, listening and performing the music for the rest of your life! Students learn about all areas of guitar including music reading, music theory, music history, scales and improvisation". 

Jon Le Sueur speaks two languages fluently: English and Music (and a little French). An avid piano/guitar player of 20-plus years, he specializes in ear training, sight reading and music theory, which prepare the students in becoming a well-rounded musician. Jon designs each curriculum around the pupil, strengthening the weaknesses and complimenting the strengths while making it seem more like a game than practice. After graduating from Durham School of the Arts, Jon packed his bags for the mountains of Appalachian State University. There, he received a degree in Audio Engineering while being trained classically in piano. Jon currently tours throughout the state in his New Age Folk group, LiLa, and hopes to one day earn his Masters in Music Therapy.

Strings

Students will need a violin outfit of the correct size, a Kun Shoulder Rest and any music books needed for class. Like sports, students will need to practice violin playing on an almost daily basis in order to have success, and young students need a lot of support from parents for practicing at home. 

Instructor

Suzanne McLendon

Bio Coming Soon!

Woodwinds: Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone

While flute and saxophone lessons at DA are available for students who are ages 9 and older, younger students can learn on the clarinet, a unique instrument that allows students as young as 5 to take lessons. 

Equally at home in an orchestra or a band, flute offers a wide array of ensemble and solo options for the young musician. Younger students can start on a curved flute that is easier for smaller hands to hold.

Instructor

Allison Flors is a recent graduate of UNC–Chapel Hill, where she earned her Bachelor of Music degree in flute performance and music education as well as a Bachelor of Art degree in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures. At UNC, she studied under Dr. Brooks De-Wetter Smith and Dr. Lindsay Leach-Sparks. She performed regularly with the UNC Wind Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, and was also a member of the Marching Tar Heels. Balancing these performances, she maintained a private flute studio and taught flute lessons with a nonprofit organization called Musical Empowerment. She now serves as program director for Musical Empowerment, based in Carrboro.

Allison is excited to start teaching at Durham Academy this fall and looks forward to working with students of any age on flute, clarinet, and alto saxophone. Lessons will focus on developing characteristic tone, technique, basic music theory skills and a love for music.

Brass

Brass instruments (including trumpet, trombone, or horn) are equally at home in a jazz ensemble, marching or concert band, or even as a solo classical instrument. Private lessons are available on Monday afternoons.

Instructor

Andy Kleindienst was born and raised in North Carolina and is a professional trombonist and electric bassist specializing in jazz, classical and Latin American musical styles. He holds a Master of Music in jazz performance from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Music in trombone performance from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Since 2005, Andy has contributed to the vibrant and growing music scene in central North Carolina as an active performer, educator and composer/arranger. Since 2007, Andy has been the co-director for Orquesta GarDel and in 2011 the band released the Triangle’s first album of original timba music entitled Lo Que Tu Querias. As a member of the John Brown Jazz Big Band, Andy has had the opportunity to play with many local and international jazz artists including Terrance Blanchard and Jon Faddis and can be heard on the band’s 2013 album Christmas with Nnenna FreelonHaving eclectic musical tastes, Andy can be heard on more than a dozen other albums from hip-hop groups like The Beast and Zo! to Americana and folk groups like Lizzy Ross Band and The Gravy Boys to world music groups like Tim Smith Band. In 2014 he performed Andrea Clearfield’s composition The Long Bright with the Women’s Voices Chorus at Hill Hall Auditorium. Since 2009 he has been the bassist for the Guillo Carias Trio, which focuses on the American Songbook as well as the traditional Dominican musical canon. In 2011 he toured nationally with the Michael Jackson tribute band Who’s Bad. He has also had the opportunity to play with Aretha Franklin, Franki Valli, The Temptations, and Tito Gomez.

As an educator, Andy maintains an active private studio comprised of brass and electric bass students of all ages from across the Triangle, he given masterclasses and clinics at high school and middle schools across the Triangle, he has taught Latin Jazz Ensembles and Improvisation classes at the Durham Jazz Workshop, and has been a lecturer at UNC Chapel Hill (Charanga Carolina, 2011-2012, 2014-2015) and Rutgers University (“Survey of Jazz Styles”, Jazz Chamber Ensemble Director, 2014). Andy has also toured North Carolina numerous times with the John Brown Little Big Band as a part of the cARTwheels educational program sponsored by the NC Arts Council.

Group Lessons & Ensembles

While the private lesson offers a unique option for a one-on-one relationship between a child and a teacher, some students prefer the social setting of a group lesson and some instruments are quite conducive to a group experience, especially for a beginner. To arrange for group lessons, please email Jackie Nappi at Jackie.Nappi@da.org

Chorus

The Durham Academy Lower School Chorus is open to all interested second- through fourth-grade students who love to sing. We will have lots of fun, and learn a variety of musical styles and genres. Students will improve their singing voices, make memories and make new friends, all while learning to work together to blend their voices and create beautiful music. Chorus members will share a few songs at Lower School assemblies during the spring semester.

As Anita Collins says in her Ted-Ed video, “Playing music is the brain’s equivalent of a full body workout.” Research shows music training has so many benefits including an increase in memory, motivation, self-esteem, focus, persistence, self-expression, language skills and more. And most importantly, it is fun! So come join the Lower School Chorus.

Watch a video summary of the Chorus class here!

Spring 2019 Session

  • Classes will be held on Wednesdays, 1/16 - 5/8 (16 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session: 3/13. Make-up day is 5/15.
  • Classes will be held in the Brumley PAB and Music Room #226 from 2:45 to 4:00 pm.
  • Pick-up location is at the Brumley PAB carline.
  • This class is open to 2nd - 4th grade students.
  • The cost for this class is $280.

Instructor

Luke Hoffman loves working with kids, and he loves making music. So he loves his job as DA's Lower School music teacher! He holds a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Arts in Teaching from UNC-Chapel Hill. He has been teaching music in schools in since 2010 and he has been at DA since 2016. Mr. Hoffman utilizes his students' natural enthusiasm, curiosity, and creativity to help find a deep joy in music by making it fun and meaningful.  

Contact: luke.hoffman@da.org

Guitar Lessons with Mr. Stafford

Children are naturally drawn to music. It creates an atmosphere of fun, interaction and excitement. It has the ability to draw us together and if we nurture that ability, music will provide a lifetime of joy and creative possibilities. These small group lessons will provide instruction on how to play guitar but will also provide an opportunity for students to play along with one another.

Spring 2019 Session

  • Classes will be held on Tuesdays, 1/15 - 5/7 (16 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session: 3/12. Make-up day is 5/14.
  • Class will be held in the 1st Floor Commons from 2:45 - 4:00 pm.
  • Pick-up location is at the LS main carline.
  • The cost of the class is $320.

Instructor

Mr. Terry Stafford has been playing music since 1974. He has played everything from bluegrass to heavy metal. He is currently playing in a country music-based variety band, Carla Wilson and All-American Country.

Contact: oger40@yahoo.com, 919-544-9130 (home) or 919-638-9796 (cell)

Ukulele and Recorder Jam Band (Lower School)

Do you like to play music?! Do you want to learn to play two instruments in one enrichment class with Mr. Hoffman?! If so, come join the Ukulele and Recorder Jam Band. We’ll learn to play the baritone ukulele (exactly like guitar, just with four strings) and the recorder. In each class, we’ll spend some time together learning both instruments as a whole group and then students will break into smaller bands to create new music. Students will learn tangible skills like reading music, learning chords and learning to play in a group, while having fun and making friends. Come join Mr. Hoffman in the Recorder and Ukulele Jam Band!

As Anita Collins says in her Ted-Ed video, “Playing music is the brain’s equivalent of a full body workout.” Research shows music training has so many benefits including an increase in memory, motivation, self-esteem, focus, persistence, self-expression, language skills and more. And most importantly, it is fun! So come join the Ukulele and Recorder Jam Band!

Watch a video of the Ukulele and Recorder Jam Band enrichment here!

Spring 2019 Session

  • Classes will be held on Wednesdays, 1/16 - 5/8 (16 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session: 3/13. Make-up day is 5/15.
  • Classes will be held in the Music Room #226 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm.
  • Pick-up location is at the Brumley PAB carline.
  • This class is open to 3rd - 4th grade students.
  • The cost for this class is $400.

Instructor

Luke Hoffman loves working with kids, and he loves making music. So he loves his job as DA's Lower School music teacher! He holds a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Arts in Teaching from UNC-Chapel Hill. He has been teaching music in schools in since 2010 and he has been at DA since 2016. Mr. Hoffman utilizes his students' natural enthusiasm, curiosity, and creativity to help find a deep joy in music by making it fun and meaningful.  

Contact: luke.hoffman@da.org

Orff Ensemble

Do you like to play games, sing, move, and play instruments!? Orff is a music pedagogy that uses games, songs, poems, rhymes, dances, and instruments as vehicles to actively learn tangible music skills. In the Orff Ensemble, we’ll use all of these activities to learn music together and apply them using the large xylophones that are spread across the music room. We’ll work together as a whole ensemble and we’ll spend time creating our own music in smaller groups too.

As Anita Collins says in her Ted-Ed video, “Playing music is the brain’s equivalent of a full body workout.” Research shows music training has so many benefits including an increase in memory, motivation, self-esteem, focus, persistence, self-expression, language skills and more. And most importantly, it is fun! So come join the Lower School Orff ensemble.

Watch a video summary of the Orff Ensemble enrichment here!

Spring 2019 Session

  • Class will be held on Mondays, 1/14 - 5/6 (13 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session: 1/21, 3/11, 4/1, 4/22. Make-up day is 5/13.
  • Class will be held in the Music Room #226 from 2:45 - 4:00 pm.
  • Pick-up location is at the Brumley PAB carline.
  • This class is open to 2nd - 4th grade students.
  • The cost of this class is $325.

Instructor

Luke Hoffman loves working with kids, and he loves making music. So he loves his job as DA's Lower School music teacher! He holds a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Arts in Teaching from UNC-Chapel Hill. He has been teaching music in schools in since 2010 and he has been at DA since 2016. Mr. Hoffman utilizes his students' natural enthusiasm, curiosity, and creativity to help find a deep joy in music by making it fun and meaningful.  

Contact: luke.hoffman@da.org

Group Keyboard

Learning the language of music is like any other language — there are fundamentals that have to be mastered. To some, these fundamentals of music can be boring, to others daunting. This class is to provide a platform where fun and interactive activities can be implemented to help students learn the basics of music, quite possibly without the student even realizing they are learning! You will need to have a keyboard or piano in the home to practice on during the week, and yes, some home practice would be essential for mastery of the material covered. This class is for beginners. 

Spring 2019 Session

  • Classes will be held on Thursdays, 1/17 - 5/9 (16 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session: 3/14. Make-up day is 5/16.
  • Class will be held in room #108 from 2:45 - 4:00 pm.
  • Pick-up location is at the LS main carline.
  • The cost of the class is $400.

Instructor

Jeana Holdstock's love for children and love for teaching is the driving force behind her success at teaching music classes. She is a graduate of CFNI in Dallas, where she studied both voice and piano. She later furthered her studies at The Psalmody Academy of Performing Arts in Johannesburg, South Africa. But it is her many years of experience that have given her the ability to find what motivates and challenges her students, so that their endeavors at learning the language of music and at learning the art of playing the piano are met with success. "I love teaching piano because it requires the discipline as a teacher to be systematic while at the same time affords me the opportunity to bring creative supplements where needed."

Contact: LmusicLcenter@msn.com

After-School Music Programs Contacts

Dan Gilson
Extended Day Director
919-489-3400 x2336
919-489-3400 x2304 (classroom number) 


Jackie Nappi
After-School Music Coordinator

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