St. Michael Lutheran Church

Academy of the Arts

The SMLC Academy serves St. Michael Lutheran Church as well as the greater Fort Wayne community by inspiriting, educating, and empowering students of all ages through comprehensive instruction in the performing and visual arts.
 
We believe that music, dance, and the visual arts inspire people to consider new opportunities and challenges, and instill the habits of the mind that can last a lifetime:  perseverance, confidence, a focus on excellence, and the ability to critically analyze and solve problems.
 
We also believe that the arts serve as a foundational medium for reaching, engaging, and motivating people towards a deeper relationship with Jesus.  To that end, we recognize God as the ultimate source of artistic expression, and we seek to instill a passion in each student to utilize their artistic gifts for His glory.
 

2017-2018 Calendar

Semester I       August 21 – December 15 (off September 4, November 20-24)
Semester II      January 8 – May 4 (off April 2-6)  REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Semester III     To be determined (summer)
 
Students will receive 16 private lessons per semester (4-8 during Semester III). Group classes and ensembles will receive 8 to 16 classes per semester depending on the class or ensemble that is offered.  
 

Tuition Rates

A non-refundable registration fee of $35/year will be assessed for each student.
 
Private 30 minute lessons
$20 per lesson/$80 per month/$320 per semester
 
Group classes
$90 per student/$180 per semester
 
Ask about our discount for enrolling multiple children.
 

Class Details

 
Lessons with Brandon Eiler
Beginning band instruments, intermediate/advanced violin and trombone
 
Lessons with Emily Franz
Voice, saxophone, clarinet, and beginning piano
 
Lessons with Beth Ann Grover
2D Drawing/painting for K-8
3D Sculpting for K-8
 
Lessons with Karen Manges
Piano
 
Lessons with Eric Stalter
Beginning guitar, intermediate/advanced violin, viola, bass
 
Lessons with Marissa Wren
Percussion, beginning guitar, and beginning piano
 
Lessons with Betty Massey
Beginning ballet and tap
 
Lessons with Melissa Johnson
Tap and jazz for K-8
 
 

 About the Instructors

Brandon Eiler
currently serves as the Concordia Lutheran High School Strings director and the band instructor at several area grade schools.  He graduated from IPFW with a degree in music education.  His main instruments are trombone and strings, although he has experience teaching all the instruments.
 
Emily Franz
currently serves as the K-3 music teacher at Emmanuel-St. Michael School and directs the Cherub choir.  She has directed several musicals, sings in the Lutheran Chorale, and her home church choir.  Emily graduated from IPFW with a degree in music education in 2012.  Her main instruments are voice, saxophone, and clarinet; her favorite types of music are classical, folk/country, and jazz.
 
Beth Ann Grover
is currently in her third year studying art education at the University of St. Francis.  She has experience teaching grades K-8 and will be teaching both drawing/painting and sculpture.  Beth Ann looks forward to sharing her passion for art to students young and old.
 
Melissa Johnson
currently serves as a Title 1 Teacher with Ft. Wayne public schools and is a member of St. Michael Lutheran Church.  Melissa has served as both dance instructor and coordinator for ESM dance classes and camps from 2012-present and will be teaching classes in jazz and tap in the second semester (begins in January).
 
Karen Manges has served as St. Michael’s organist and choir accompanist since 2007.  She has also taught private piano lessons since graduating from DePauw University in 1981 with a degree in piano. Along with piano, Karen plays flute and enjoys classical music.
 
Betty Massey has her teaching certificate from the Royal Academy of Dance in ballet instruction and has been trained in the AL Gilbert method of tap.  She has studied at the Conservatory of Strasbourg (France), and the Fort Wayne Ballet and taught at a variety of studios including the Fort Wayne Ballet, K Moniques Studio, and Dance NY style.  Ms. Betty enjoys teaching proper technique as well as a love for dance.
 
Eric Stalter currently serves as a surgical technologist and is a member of many of St. Michael musical groups including the orchestra, blue grass band, and Bridge Band.  Eric can play a wide range of instruments from viola to banjo and has also played with a variety of other local bands through the years.  Eric studied music at Manchester College and has received training in the Suzuki method.  Eric’s favorite type of music is currently folk and acoustic.
 
Marisa Wren received a Bachelor of Arts degree for Music Education Teacher from Clarke University.  She has taught music education in several different schools, directed choirs, and performed with a variety of musical groups.  Her main instrument is percussion, but Marisa also enjoys teaching beginning piano and guitar.