Community School of Arts
Evangel University Community School of Arts is an outreach of Evangel’s Music and Humanities departments, bringing education in the arts to those of all ages and abilities within the Southwest Missouri community.
Founded on the belief that the arts dramatically enhance the quality of life, the EU Community School of Arts offers opportunities for the study, appreciation and development of music and art. With ongoing private and group lessons in art and music, the school of arts provides excellent instruction for those looking to develop a new skill or grow in one they already possess.
Drawing Lessons — Learn to draw what you see and to see what you draw. Learn how to draw what you observe in life and your imagination. Drawing skills and attitude are presented to allow the student to represent what is seen on paper and to discover that with more drawing, more seeing takes place. Included are techniques for line, value and texture with a goal of becoming comfortable with shading. Questions and details pertaining to private lesson fees and guidelines can be obtained by calling or emailing the CSA office.
Digital Photography Lessons — These private or group lessons are for the beginner photographer who desire to learn the basic and advanced skills to use a digital camera. The lessons will also cover the basic and advanced techniques in Photoshop. Questions and details pertaining to private lesson fees and guidelines can be obtained by calling or emailing the CSA office.
Worship Piano Lessons — These lessons are designed for those who have some background and skill in piano playing but want to learn to play worship songs from lead sheets or chord charts. Students will learn chording and improv playing with chords. Periodically group lessons are scheduled and take place in the EU piano lab where each student has his or her own piano and headphones. Questions and details pertaining to private lesson fees and guidelines can be obtained by calling or emailing the CSA office.
Piano Lessons — One-on-one lesson for 30 minutes per week. Students of all ages, skill levels and playing experience are welcome to sign up for private lessons. Scheduled lesson times are determined by the instructor’s and student’s schedules. Both traditional and chord method are offered. Questions and details pertaining to private lesson fees and guidelines can be obtained by calling or emailing the CSA office.
Flute Lessons — Private one-on-one lessons for the student wanting to learn to play the flute. Whether you are a beginner or advanced, we will design lessons to meet your needs. Questions and details pertaining to private lesson fees and guidelines can be obtained by calling or emailing the CSA office.
Violin Lessons — One-on-one lesson for 30 minutes per week. These traditional violin lessons are designed for students of all ages, skill levels and playing experience. Scheduled lesson times are determined by the instructor and student’s schedules. Questions and details pertaining to private lesson fees and guidelines can be obtained by calling or emailing the CSA office.
Guitar Sessions (2nd grade– Adult) — The session is a combination of group and private lessons. Students can begin anytime throughout the year. The schedule is flexible and can be extended to accommodate any missed sessions. Whether you are a beginner or advanced we will design lessons to meet your needs. Two locations – EU campus and a south Springfield studio. All you need is a guitar.
Suzuki Violin Preparatory Program — Each student (ages 4 – 18 yrs) attends a weekly lesson and also participates in group classes held on two Saturdays of each month. The program utilizes the Suzuki Method of teaching which seeks to develop the whole child and involves memorization of music. Students have the opportunity to perform in various group and solo venues such as recitals, Springfield Symphony Orchestra pre–concert music, Branson theaters, and other selected performance.
Voice Lessons – Private lessons for the student wanting to develop their solo or choral singing voice. . Whether you are a beginner or advanced we will design lessons to meet your needs. Questions and details pertaining to private lesson fees and guidelines can be obtained by calling or emailing the CSA office.
Woodwind or Brass Lessons — (5th grade and older) Lessons are a combination of private and group lessons. Whether you are a beginner or advanced we will design lessons to meet your needs. Questions and details pertaining to private lesson fees and guidelines can be obtained by calling or emailing the CSA office.
*Please note that the SVPP is ongoing and does not follow the CSA–8 week session schedule.
Drawing Instructor — David Bigelow
David Bigelow has been an artist and a teacher at Evangel University since 1971. David has B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees in printmaking, painting and drawing from the University of Michigan. He has shown his work widely across the United States and has just returned from Japan where he showed his work and helped explain direct marketing to Japanese artists. David believes everyone can draw and that they should draw. Drawing gives one satisfaction and increases one’s awareness and understanding of the world around us. Drawing is another way to tap into the creative nature we have all been given.
Art Instructor – Noah Sheets
Noah Sheets is currently practicing as a career artist with various clients throughout the country. He does freelance graphic design, and other promotional artwork. He studied art at Evangel University and Missouri State University and graduated with a BFA degree from MSU in 2014. His emphasis of study was in studio art. Since a young age Noah’s artwork has been displayed in art galleries and has been entered in competitions. He was one of two HS students chosen from the city of Springfield to attend Missouri’s Fine Arts Academy and his senior year he was chosen as 2010 Hall of Fame for his art. He teaches graphic design, traditional fine art techniques and modern techniques in illustration and photography techniques for artistic purposes.
Kim is an Evangel University alum who received her bachelor of fine arts and masters of organizational leadership from the university. She is devoted to the arts as both a prolific painter and advocate for arts in the greater springfield area. She excels in both acrylic and oil painting and enjoys expression through color and texture in her personal work. She teaches beginner through intermediate painting techniques as well as creative process.
Suzuki Violin Preparatory Instructor — Starla Blair
Starla Blair has taught private violin and viola for more than 30 years in the Springfield area was director of the Missouri State University Suzuki Violin Program for nearly 15 years. She also has taught adjunct strings at Evangel University and Central Bible College. Starla has played in the viola section of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra for 35 years and performs regularly as a freelance musician in the Springfield-Branson area. Starla has been active in the National Federation of Music Clubs for more than 20 years and currently serves on the national board of directors for the organization. She received both her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in education from Missouri State University with emphasis in music.
Saxophone and Jazz Improvisation to all Wind Instrument Instructor – Joel Griffin
Joel holds a B.A. degree in Saxophone Performance from Missouri Southern State University and a M.M. in Theory/Composition from Missouri State University. He has begun his doctoral studies at the University of North Texas. Prior to Evangel University, Joel served on faculty at Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, TX and Messenger College in Joplin, MO. He has also taught at the Missouri State University Missouri Fine Arts Academy. Joel has studied with Brad Leali, Randy Hamm, Dave Pietro, Kim Park, Dr. Charles Thelen, Dr. Phil C. Wise and Dr. Michael F. Murray. Joel is a performer, educator and adjudicator. He is the founding member of the Dallas Asia Pacific Connection, which performs in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex and throughout Southeast Asia. He has performed with artists such as Grammy Award winners Bob Mintzer, Billy Hunt, Bobby Watson, CeCe Winans, Fred Hammond and Smokie Norful; Dove award winner Dallas Holm; and jazz greats The Cab Calloway Orchestra, Maynard Ferguson, Paul Mckee, Miles Osland, Vince DiMartino, Joan Bender, Allen Hood, Bill Perkins and Kim Richmond.
Voice Instructor — Susan Smith
Susan Smith has been an Associate Professor of Music at Evangel University since 1980. She teaches applied voice, class voice, diction, solo literature and music history. Susan received her bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Oral Roberts University and master’s degree in Music Education from Missouri State University. She has a widely varied musical performance career, including radio, television and studio recording. She sang with the Oral Roberts World Action Singers on nationally syndicated television programs. She and her husband traveled with Living Sound International and she served as Minister of Music at Bethel Temple in California. She has given numerous recitals in the Springfield area and collaborated to present a lectures and recitals on Psalmody as Art Song. Susan is secretary and treasurer of the Ozarks Chapter of the National Association of Teachers and has served as adjudicator for district music contests and the Fine Arts Festivals of the Assemblies of God.
Digital Photography Instructor — Lane Simmons
Lane Simmons, founder and owner of Zone 5 Photography has been a freelance photographer and photography instructor at Evangel University since 2005. Lane teaches traditional film and darkroom techniques as well as digital photography including the use of D-SLR cameras and Photoshop post-processing. He has been in the photography industry for 15 years and has worked with clients such as the publication Today’s Pentecostal Evangel. His passion is for event coverage/photojournalism, he loves to capture moments as they unfold in real time and convey emotion contained within those events. He is also passionate about teaching others to create incredible imagery.
Susan Sheets (CSA Director) has taught beginner class piano at Evangel University for music majors and degree completion students since fall 2007. Through the years she has taught elementary, secondary and post-secondary music education, choral, voice and piano lessons, and directed drama/musical productions in various schools and churches. She is currently working toward completing her Masters degree in music.
Clarinet Instructor — Sheri Slater
Dr. Sheri Slater has held the position of Adjunct Instructor of music at Evangel University since 2000. Before coming to Evangel, she was Associate Professor of Music at Southwestern Assemblies of God University and Adjunct Instructor of clarinet at Texas Tech University. She is a 1990 graduate of Evangel University, and earned both a Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Clarinet Performance from Texas Tech University. She has performed as a soloist, chamber, and symphonic musician, and was chosen as semi-finalist in the International Clarinet Association Young Artist Competition and finalist in the North American Buffet Clarinet Competition. Currently, Sheri teaches elementary music and band at Gloria Deo Academy, a private Christian school in Springfield.
Flute Instructor — Ana Woods
Ana Woods has been playing the flute for 11 years and will graduate from Evangel in December 2013 with a B.A. in Music Education and a B.A. in Music Performance. As an Evangel student, Ana has participated in eight different ensembles ranging from the marching band to chorale. She was involved in the concert orchestra for two and a half years and has had opportunity to travel across the country and to Europe. Ana has been involved in many local churches in the Springfield area as well as the Marshfield Community Theater productions during the summer. Her future plans include teaching and performing.
The Evangel University Community School of Arts is conveniently located on the Evangel University campus in the Fine Arts Building. The private lesson instructor will contact you to set up lesson time and payment procedures. Email the CSA office at CommunitySchoolofArts@evangel.edu or call the office 417-865-2815 x 7364 for contact information.Private lessons will be paid directly to the instructor.Contact Information:
E.U. Community School of Arts, Music Department
Director: Susan Sheets
Music Department Chair, Mr. Tom Matrone
Humanities Department Chair, Dr. Nathan Nelson
1111 N. Glenstone Avenue, Springfield, Mo 65802
417-865-2815 ext. 7364
Email Community School Of Arts