Redeemer school of performing arts
Advantages of Music Study
- Enhances academics
- Enhances motor control, concentration, memory, and organizational skills
- Enhances abstract thought
- Enhances right brain activity, i.e. synthesis, creativity, intuition and more
- Enhances attention span and concentration level
- Enhances self-esteem and develops initiative
SAT Score information Spring 2018
- State average score 1020
- National average 1090
- UIL all-state music student score 1273
30-minute private lessons in the following courses of study:
Recommended First Grade and up
Bryan Sunderman began his enthusiastic pursuit of guitar at the age of 13. By 15, he was coordinating a band, collaborating with other musicians, and performing in church. As a young adult, he began his classical study at the Austin Orpheus School of Music under the instruction of Robert Gibson. During that time, Bryan was awarded first place in the Eastfield Collegiate Guitar Competition. He was then admitted to the prestigious Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied with the highly acclaimed “University Distinguished Teaching Professor” and world-wide performer, Adam Holzman. He has performed his classical repertory in and around Austin and abroad in Cervo, Italy and Morelia, Mexico. Bryan also is a member of the Austin soul/funk band KP and the Boom Boom. World renowned guitarists that he has studied under through private lessons and master classes include Andrew Zohn, Richard Todd, Jeffery McFadden, Lorenzo Micheli, Matteo Mela, Ana Vidovic and Elliot Fisk. In 2012, Bryan received his Master’s Degree in Classical Guitar Performance, and continues to perform and teach in Austin.
Clara Brill is a private violin teacher and the Program Director of the Mother Falcon Music Lab, a summer camp for creative development through music and other mediums. Clara started playing the violin at the age of 5, studying classical music through the Suzuki method. She joined internationally acclaimed multi-instrumental band Mother Falcon in 2008 upon moving to Austin to pursue her Bachelors of Music and Masters of Music in violin performance at UT Austin with Prof. Sandy Yamamoto. In 2017 and 2018 she toured nationally with Mother Falcon in their performance of Petra and the Wolf, a puppet show featuring original music by the band and an original story in collaboration with Glass Half Full and Lionheart Youth Theatre.
Bethany Ammon is an active mezzo-soprano and voice instructor, and new to the Redeemer faculty. New to Austin, Bethany obtained her bachelor's in music and in French in her home state of Mississippi from the University of Southern Mississippi, followed by a master's in music from Manhattan School of Music. Bethany has taught all ages: from developing pre-k choirs, to private voice lessons for adults, and everyone in between, in both Mississippi and New York. Most recently, Bethany was on staff at the prestigious Young People's Chorus of New York City. Bethany has had the opportunity to perform around the country and abroad in Italy, and actively pursues a performing career both on stage in productions and in recital. Noteable theater credits include the opera Suor Angelica as La Zia Principessa and musical Ragtime as Emma Goldman. Enjoying all aspects of the theater, Bethany has experience as production manager for several operas and musicals, choreographer, hair and make up artist, event planner, diction coach, and even front of house manager on numerous occasions. Bethany looks forward to joining the Gilbert and Sullivan Society production of Ruddigore this June 2018 in Austin and also a recital of French art song at home in MS in the fall of 2018. She actively believes that everyone can and should sing and invites anyone to try out private lessons.
Monica Kang is a versatile performer, piano teacher, and avid scholar. She has premiered solo, collaborative, chamber, and ensemble works and given presentations on contemporary repertoire in various theory and pedagogy conferences. Her book, “Post-Tonal Affinities in Piano Works of Bartók, Chen, and Crumb,” was published in 2016. Dr. Kang has over ten years of experience working with children, college students, and adults in individual and group lesson settings. As a solo artist, Monica has concertized in the United States, Taiwan, and Italy. Collaboratively, she has performed with vocal, string, wind, brass, percussion, and mixed ensembles in recitals, musicals, and opera productions. Impactful chamber experiences include a week-long tour of the Tuscany region and most recently, performances in Austin as part of Hear No Evil. Monica obtained her doctorate in Piano Performance from The University of Texas at Austin. She has a master’s from Manhattan School of Music and holds dual bachelor degrees in Mathematics and Piano Performance from Northwestern University. She enjoys discovering connections between music and other disciplines.
Casie Luong received her Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance with a focus on composition from Austin College in Texas, May 2010. She has had the opportunity to study in Milan, Italy under Roberto Andreoni for composition and Angela Lazzaroni for piano at the Milano Catholic Conservatory in Spring 2009. Casie expanded her studies abroad by teaching music at The Little Rose shelter for girls at risk in Saigon, Vietnam. As an accompanist, she has worked alongside notable names in broadway: Lawrence Clayton (The Color Purple), Sandra Joseph (Phantom of the Opera), and Ron Bohmer (Book of Mormon). She is active in the Mother Falcon Music Lab camp, which provides students with an opportunity to learn songwriting and work with other musicians, and currently performs as a singer/songwriter in Austin.
In order to provide optimum learning for each student there are some basic rules that need to be followed by parents and students.
- Students need to have all necessary materials at each lesson: Music (parents are responsible for the purchase of lesson books), instrument (where applicable), pencil, and other materials as requested by the teacher.
- Students must report to their lessons promptly.
- Daily practice. This can be determined by your goals. More practice results in more progress. An av-erage of 4, 30-minute practice sessions per week are recommended.
- Students must be able to practice on an adequate instrument.
- If a student must miss a lesson it is imperative that the PA teacher be notified 24 hours in advance.
- Please note: PA teachers are not networked through Redeemer Lutheran School office and not automatically notified of absences. PA teachers are not required to make up les-sons where they were not notified 24 hours in advance. This includes school sporting events and field trips. No refunds are given for unexcused absences
- Water bottles are permitted (even encouraged) in lessons.
- Students must be supervised by an adult before and after lessons.
- Child care policy states that Performing Arts students enrolled in after-school care up through Grade 2 must be escorted to and from lessons by an adult. Parents must:
- Notify child care your student will be taking lessons and when
- Coordinate pick-up/drop-off with music teacher
- Regular tuition fees plus $25 registration applies for each additional instrument studied.