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HEART Academy offers classes for home schooled students from 3rd-12th grade. Home school classes meet each Friday beginning in September and end in that last Friday of May. HEART classes do not meet during the month of December after Thanksgiving for 6 weeks.

Classes are categorized by the following divisions:

  • Lower Academy : classes for students in grades 3-6.
  • Upper Academy : classes for students in grades 7-12.
  • Upper & Lower Academy : classes for students in grades 3-12.

However, home school classes can be available to students outside these ranges based on your assessment of his or her readiness and skill aptitude for a class.

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A list of course offerings at HEART Academy Home School Co-op.
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Performing Arts & Music
Beginning Swing Dance
$65 per/mo
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This course is designed to introduce the basic techniques for dancing in partner styles that are traditional in the swing environment. However, the basic techniques used can be applied for other partner dances such as the various Latin, Civil War, and Social dances. One unique element of swing dancing is the structure that is involved as compared to improv styles. Although creativity is still used, the steps provide enough of a foundation that one can still own the dance floor even with minimal “improv” skills.

Topics to Be Covered: In this course, we will discuss the essential roles that are required for both genders. These will include how to treat one’s partner with the proper respect and appropriateness, developing stylistic techniques for each dance, how to lead and follow, and how to work with different dance partners. The four starter dances that we will cover are:

  1. Street Swing
  2. East Coast Swing
  3. Lindy Hop
  4. West Coast Swing

If time allows, other dance styles may be introduced. These may include:

  1. Latin: Rumba, Cha Cha, Samba, Jive
  2. Smooth: Waltz, Tango, Fox Trot
  3. Nightclub: Merengue, Salsa, Hustle
Simply Music Piano Lessons
$135 p/mo
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Simply Music® is a remarkable, Australian-developed piano and keyboard program that has beginning students playing great-sounding pop, blues, classical and accompaniment pieces – immediately – from their very first lessons. Traditional lessons, for the most part, require that students first learn to read music as the means of learning how to play. This ‘read first, play later’ approach is slow and frustrating, and far too many students never acquire the ability to play. In fact, many lose their desire to learn altogether.

Think of Simply Music as being like learning to talk. We all talked for years before we learned how to read and spell. It’s the same with our program. We delay the music reading process and start by showing you how to play fantastic music –immediately.

Beginning students, with no attention on having to read music, are free to relate directly to the piano, and within months easily and naturally begin to establish a ‘hands-on’ and personal ‘feeling’ for the instrument as they build a play-list that includes popular, classical, blues and jazz styles, as well as develop the ability to play chords and modern accompaniments. After building a repertoire of 30 to 50 pieces covering a broad range of musical styles, students go on to learn how to read music, their ability to play so well providing a powerful foundation for learning the more formal aspects of music education.

Materials fee: $56 per quarter.

Acapella & Choral Class
$65 p/mo
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Ever been inspired by acapella projects such as Pentatonix, Street Corner Symphony, Eric Whitacre, or other voice-based groups? This course is designed to give students an opportunity take their singing to the next level by immersing themselves in a heavily-harmony-based vocal ensemble. The course’s purpose is to provide coaching, direction, and organization to students who look to improve their own musical abilities and to enjoy singing music with others.

Regarding our learning progression, students will be taught

  1. Basic ear training in solfege and relative pitch recognition
  2. Music reading as it applies to singers
  3. Basic Music Theory
  4. Structural Tertian based Harmony
  5. Advance Secondal or Quartal Harmonies
  6. Just or Pythagorean Tuning
  7. Basic arranging of modern music for acapella performances.

Our singing repertoire will include pop arrangements, standard classical choral works, and christmas carols. This variety of styles will ensure versatility and frequency in practice.
At the conclusion of the course, it’s my intention that the class put on an a half-hour to hour long concert as a final exam (whichever is most reasonable).

Private Music Lessons
$100-$240 p/mo based on instrument and private or shared lesson.
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As is implied from the course title, these lessons are designed to be customized to best meet the student’s music needs and level. Regarding Lesson Length, Private Lessons are 30 minutes long with shared lessons at 40 minutes. Due to period length, I will be limited to teaching two lessons per period.
Topics to Be Covered:

  1. Guitar: For beginners, these lessons will include learning the basic material that is required for most genres and styles that involve guitar. This will include strumming, picking, fingerpicking, chord voicings, basic guitar theory, and more. For intermediate to advanced guitarists, the topics may include tone production, ear-training, improvisations, chord theory, transcriptions, guitar solo analysis, etc. All guitar lessons will be taught under the umbrella of either a nylon-string, steel-string, or electric guitar. As such, lesson topics will vary based on your chosen instrument.
  2. Piano: For piano, I use a wonderful curriculum known as Simply Music. Simply Music is a non-traditional playing-based approach to leaning to play the piano. Simply Music simply delays the music-reading process to help jumpstart one’s musicianship by introducing them to improvising, composing, and multiple styles such as Blues, Contemporary, Classical, and Accompaniment styles. For a more intermediate student and after a solid repertoire is developed, concepts such as arranging, reading, specialized styling, and jazz are introduced.
  3. Violin: Regarding violin, I use two approachs: Suzuki and Essential Elements. These two method books differ in emphasis, so I chose to use both round out the student’s music education. Beginner violinists will learn basic concepts such as proper bow hold, stance, fretboard knowledge, left hand technique, and expressive gestures (phrasing, dynamics, and vibrato).
Worship Dance
$65 p/mo
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Course Description:

This course is designed to use dance as an expression of worship, keeping the focus on giving glory back to God through the gift and joy of dance. We will begin and end each class in prayer, and spend a few minutes reading and discussing Scripture pertaining to dance and music. The remainder of the class time will be spent on working on dance skills and creating choreography and pieces to be performed at PULSE nights. The styles of dance that could be drawn from will be modern/lyrical, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and if time and space allow, I may incorporate tap.

Class Expectations:

I expect every student to practice outside of class a minimum of at least 5 days a week, 15 minutes each time. I’d also like students to be available for PULSE nights, which are designed for classes to present material, and any rehearsals necessary in preparation for these events. I also expect students to be respectful to all present and to care for the space we are using.

Performing Arts & Music
Beginning Swing Dance Image
Beginning Swing Dance
This course is designed to introduce the basic techniques for dancing in partner styles that are traditional in the swing environment. However, the basic techniques used can be applied for other partner dances such as the various Latin, ... Read More
Class Period:1
Class Level:Lower & Upper Academy
$65 per/mo
Simply Music Piano Lessons Image
Simply Music Piano Lessons
Simply Music® is a remarkable, Australian-developed piano and keyboard program that has beginning students playing great-sounding pop, blues, classical and accompaniment pieces – immediately – from their very first lessons. Traditio... Read More
Class Period:2
Class Level:Lower & Upper Academy
$135 p/mo
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Acapella & Choral Class
Ever been inspired by acapella projects such as Pentatonix, Street Corner Symphony, Eric Whitacre, or other voice-based groups? This course is designed to give students an opportunity take their singing to the next level by immersing the... Read More
Class Period:4
Class Level:Lower & Upper Academy
$65 p/mo
Private Music Lessons Image
Private Music Lessons
As is implied from the course title, these lessons are designed to be customized to best meet the student’s music needs and level. Regarding Lesson Length, Private Lessons are 30 minutes long with shared lessons at 40 minutes. Due to p... Read More
Class Period:2,3
Class Level:Lower & Upper Academy
$100-$240 p/mo based on instrument and private or shared lesson.
Worship Dance Image
Worship Dance
Course Description: This course is designed to use dance as an expression of worship, keeping the focus on giving glory back to God through the gift and joy of dance. We will begin an... Read More
Class Period:4
Class Level:Lower & Upper Academy
$65 p/mo

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