Lessons will be held at Capitol Hill Baptist Church. Students and teachers should not attend if they are running fever, have symptoms of coughing or shortness of breath or have knowingly been exposed to Covid-19. If a student or teacher tests positive for Covid-19, he/she should not return to the academy until 14 days after the resolution of symptoms or has had a negative test. All students and teachers are required to wear a mask before entering the building and during all lessons. Surfaces in the lesson rooms will be sanitized between students. Group Art lessons will be limited to 3 students, unless students are from the same family. Virtual lessons may be provided upon request.
Mission & Purpose
The South Metro Fine Arts Academy is a ministry of Capitol Hill Baptist Church that exists to promote the gifts of the arts, as well as a response to the Giver of these gifts. We seek to provide a teaching environment of encouragement and care.
We offer private instruction to all ages in piano, guitar, voice, bass, drums, and violin. Students receive one-on-one attention for 30 minutes each week. Students are expected to practice a little bit each day to ensure what they learn is retained week-to-week. Music is part of the fee you pay and the teacher will provide it at the lesson. Piano students should have a full size keyboard or piano available to them for practicing. Students taking guitar, drums or violin should wait until after the first lesson before purchasing an instrument. We encourage all students to participate in a yearly recital offered in May. This is a great opportunity for them to showcase all they have been learning and it is a great source to build confidence.
Private Art Instruction Instructors teach painting, drawing, sculpting, ceramics, or a combination, with custom tailored curriculum for each student. Students receive one-on-one attention for 45 minutes each week. All art supplies are part of the private-art fee and the instructor will have them for your student at the lesson. Families are encouraged to attend one of the recitals in May and check out the artwork that will be displayed.
Group Art Instruction Instructors touch on painting, drawing, sculpting, ceramics or a combination based on the interest and skill level of each class. Students will earn basic principles including texture, color, and value. Class size is 2-5 students max. Lessons are 45 minutes each week. All art supplies are part of the private-art fee and the instructor will have them for your student at the lesson. Families are encouraged to attend one of the recitals in May and check out the artwork that will be displayed.
Classes are offered Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday 2:00-8:00 p.m. during the spring and fall semesters, depending on teacher availability. Classes are offered Monday and Tuesday 2:00-8:00 p.m. during the summer semester, depending on teacher availability.
Fall Schedule 2021 Schedule:
Begins the week of August 16 and ends the week of December 8th, but closed for Labor Day, Fall Break, and for Thanksgiving.
Spring 2022 Schedule:
Begins the week of January 17 and ends the week of May 5, but closed for Spring Break. Recitals will be held May 12-14.
Summer 2022 Schedule:
Begins the week of May 30 and ends the week of July 26.
Music & Art Fees
Spring & Fall Semester Fees: (Payments may be spread out)
Private Music Lessons $310
Private Art Lessons $330
Group Art Lessons $255
Summer Semester Fees: (Payments are due up front)
Private Music Lessons $165
Private Art Lessons $175
Group Art Lessons $135
Cindy Whitaker, Piano
Cindy grew up in the Oklahoma City area and graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a degree in Communications. She has taken piano lessons for approximately ten years and has had the honor of participating in Guild and the Clavinova Festival. She attends Redemption Church where she plays for their worship services. She has been working at the SMFAA since 2013.
Piano & Voice Teacher
Kaelea Crowell, Piano and Art
Kaelea is a senior at UCO and will be graduating with a Bachelor Degree in Strategic Communication and a Minor in the Photographic Arts. She was trained and competed in classical piano for seven years. In 2011, she was chosen as one of twelve Oklahoma students who attended the Oklahoma Art Institute summer camp at Quartz Mountain on a photography scholarship. She has also competed in multiple art contests, winning several ribbons for photography and art including 2nd in State for Best Pencil Drawing. She enjoys teaching her students how to express their individuality through their artwork. Students learn all mediums of art through different techniques and projects. Each class is designed to fit the personal needs and wants for each artist.
Ginny Pass, Voice and Violin
Ginny has a MA in Christian Worship from the Institute for Worship Studies and is the Music Director at Moore 1st UMC. She enjoys playing the violin for various venues in the community and has been with the academy since 2016.
Daniela Obando, Piano
Daniela grew up in Oklahoma City and is currently majoring in Music at Oklahoma City Community College. She plans to transfer to Southwestern Oklahoma State University and obtain a degree in Music Therapy. She has been teaching with the Academy for a year.
Ken James, Guitar
Ken has played the guitar for more than 50 years and has taught for over 20 years. He is able to teach at all levels. He also plays bass, drums, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, and keyboard. He's played in a number of bands, playing a variety of instruments and performing a variety of musical styles. He is proficient at recording and has a home studio. He taylors each lesson to the particular student, recognizing where the student is in their ability and what knowledge and skills will benefit them most at the time.