Our teachers believe that all of the fine arts should be a reflection of the God Who created them. Therefore, our program emphasizes loving consistency, gentle correction, and careful instruction to guide our students into self-motivated, self-disciplined, self-teaching artists. All of our teachers' curricula are classically based, meaning that there is an emphasis on the "common practice period" of theory and literature. Quality folk music, sacred music designed for church use, and worthwhile popular styles will always be in good taste and of the highest quality. Because we believe that classical training should be the foundation of a student's instruction, the Chandler School of Fine Arts does not offer instruction in jazz, pop, or rock styles of music. (See Policies and Procedures.)
The strings department offers instruction in the Suzuki Method. This time-tested curriculum (details can be found in the Policies and Procedures section) is enhanced by additional performance opportunities of other carefully selected literature.
The piano department offers lessons in both enhanced Suzuki Method and traditional instruction. The main difference is the age at which students begin and the involvement of the parents in the weekly lessons and practice. Please talk to the CFA Program Director for additional information on which is best for your child.
The voice department teaches a natural, straight-forward approach to singing. Lessons include instruction in posture, breathing, tone production, diction, and stage deportment.
A Final Thought on Curriculum
It is the instructor's job to teach the student what he or she does not already know. Thus, the choice of literature is largely teacher-based. The student will have some input, of course. And students are always welcome to bring literature they are working on to the teacher's attention. But if the teacher is going to maintain the high standards of pedagogy expected of the Chandler School of Fine Arts, the curriculum must be directed by the professional instructor.