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, violin, and other instruments. The semester is 15 weeks long. Each class meets for 30 minutes each week. The enrollment fee is $25. The tuition fee is $260.
Lessons are available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 2:00 to 8:00 pm and Wednesday 2:00 to 6:00 pm, depending on availability.
Lessons will emphasize reading music, ear training, music theory, and technique. We teach beginning, intermediate, and advanced. All music will be provided. A recital will be held in the Spring.
Private Art Instruction Lessons are 45 minutes. We offer painting, drawing, sculpting, ceramics, or a combination, with custom tailored curriculum for each student.
Group Art Instruction Lessons are 45 minutes. Students will learn basic principles including texture, color, value ,etc. We offer painting, drawing, sculpting, ceramics, or a combination with curriculum tailored for each student.
Dramatic performance Basics, including stage directions, voice projections, characterization, and performance skills are taught. This will culminate in an end-of-semester showcase where students will perform scenes and monologues for their friends and families. Class times are: Mondays 6:00-7:00 p.m. for 9-13 year olds; Mondays 7:00-8:00 p.m. for 14-17 year olds; and Thursdays 6:00-7:00 p.m. for 18+ year olds.
SPRING SEMESTER INFO
The Spring semester for the Academy will begin on January 9 and continue until April 28. We will not meet during Spring Break week from March 13-17. Recitals will be held on May 4-6.
Summer Semester Info
The Summer semester for the Academy will begin on June 5 and continue until August 1 on Mondays and Tuesdays only. We will not meet on July 3-4.
Fall semester info
The Fall semester for the Academy will begin on August 14 and continue until December 8. We will not meet September 4-5; October 18-20; and November 20-24.
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.
Lahoma Rosser, Piano and Voice
Lahoma graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma where she earned her Bachelor of Music Education Degree and Master of Music Education. She was a music teacher in the public school system for over 29 years. She has been teaching piano and voice through the Academy since 2006. She also served as the SMFAA Director for 4 years. She and her husband Jim have three children and 6 grandchildren. They are members of Capitol Hill Baptist Church.
Tuesdy Dadulo, Art Teacher
Tuesdy was raised in Louisiana and received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Studio art from Oklahoma Baptist University in 2005. She has been involved with art since age eight and realized her love for teaching through the children's ministry program at her church. She has been teaching art full time at Christian Heritage Academy for 2 years and at the SMFAA for 10 years. Tuesdy lives in Oklahoma City with her husband, John Mark and daughter Ellie.
Cory Moon, Guitar
Cory holds a Bachelor of Arts in guitar performance with advanced studies in improvisation and contemporary music theory, has vast experience in performing and has been teaching guitar for 9 years. He and his wife Tabitha have two children and she is employed with the Baptist Homes for Children. They are members of Capitol Hill Baptist Church.
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.
John Mark Dadulo, Drums
John Mark holds an undergraduate degree from Oklahoma Baptist University and the University of Central Oklahoma. He received formal training in music at OBU and performed with the jazz orchestra and jazz combo for 5 years. He has a diverse style in music ranging from Jazz and Latin to Contemporary Rock and teaches both drum set and auxiliary percussion. John Mark is passionate about teaching and desires to impact the lives of students by making them better musicians. He currently plays drums at his local church. John Mark lives in Oklahoma City with his wife Tuesdy and daughter Ellie.
Ginny Pass, Voice and Violin
Ginny has a BA in Music Ed from Anderson University and a Masters in Christian Worship from 1st UMC. She enjoys playing the violin for various venues in the community and has been with the academy for one year.
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.
Sharin studied Theatre Arts and Education at the University of Central Oklahoma, where she graduated in 2008. She spent a year working on graduate studies with OU's School of Drama and has spent the last several years working as a teacher in the fields of early childhood, special education, and drama. She has also worked with several Oklahoma companies as an actor and stage manager. She currently teaches at The Academy of Classical Christian Studies in south Oklahoma City, in addition to the South Metro Fine Arts Academy. She and her husband, Ace, and son, Eli, live in Oklahoma City and are members of Capitol Hill Baptist Church.
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.