SCHOOL OF MUSIC
Phone: 629-5683 x 160
Fall semester is August 16 to December 17. Due to COVID-19 still being an issue we want to remind you that we cannot social distance while in lessons. We would appreciate wearing of masks and to distance as much as possible.
- We have provided private music lessons since 1997.
- Our students range in age from 4½ to senior adults.
- The school is divided into 3 semesters. Our summer session runs from June 7- July 30. We will take applications for the fall semester the week of July 5. Fall session is August 16 – December 17. Click here to see the fall 2021 schedule. (We are working on the schedule for Emily so she is not going to be on this list yet.)
- Existing students will register two weeks before a semester ends. Once they have registered then it will be open for new students at the end of the semester.
- You do not have to be a member of FBC Ocala to enroll in our school. It is our privilege to offer lessons to any child or adult wanting to learn music.
- Our tuition is based on how many weeks there are in a semester. (We charge $18 per week x number of weeks there are in the semester.) We DO NOT take the payment weekly. You may pay in full or go on our payment plan which has an additional charge. New students also have a $25 registration (non-refundable) fee to pay.
Spring (January – May) | Summer (June – July) | Fall (August – December)
Areas of study include:
Cello, flute, guitar, percussion, piano, piccolo, violin and voice; (We know a low brass instructor-we can connect you with them)
Lesson length: 30, 45 & 60 minutes.
We offer four trial lessons during the school year for students that are 4 1/2 years old. Should you decide to do the trial lessons, the cost will be $80 for four lessons. After finishing the trial lessons the parent and the teacher will discuss if the student is ready to continue. If the student is very young, please make sure they have basics down before trying to schedule lessons. Those basics include knowing left hand, right hand, counting, ABC’s and can tap out a beat.
About our Instructors:
- Click here to meet the instructors. (During the summer our instructors teach less or some not at all. Please note the schedule for this information via shading. Gray areas, not teaching those days.
- All of our instructors are background screened and take a yearly abuse prevention training course.
- Our classrooms have windows in the doors and our studio rooms are NOT sound proof.
For our Students:
- Recital pictures from various years – Due to COVID we have NOT been able to make group pictures
- We do NOT post students complete names on the internet schedule that is posted due to privacy.
Contact The School of Music
Ms. Amanda began teaching cello, piano, and violin for beginners to intermediate level students for the School of Music in the Spring of 2015. She is active in multiple chamber groups, plays for weddings and local churches, and enjoys accompanying her students as they play their instrument. She has an Associate of Arts degree Music Performance from the College of Central Florida. Amanda loves working with students of all ages and hopes to instill in them a love for music.
Mrs. Audrey began teaching cello (to beginners), violin and viola to beginners and advanced levels of students for FBC in the spring of 2019. She was born in Taipei, Taiwan. Mrs. Audrey began playing violin at age seven and came to the U.S. at eighteen to attend Biola University in Los Angeles, California. She studied with several famous violinists, including Mr. Su Tseng-tu of Taiwan Cultural University, and Mr. Mark Baranov, Assistant Concertmaster of L.A. Philharmonic. She transferred to University of Florida to further study with Dr. Jana Lower. She received the Dean’s List award and was chosen to play at the honorary recital. Mrs. Audrey graduated from the University of Florida with honors and received a Bachelor of Art in Violin Performance. In addition, she holds a Florida Professional Teacher’s Certificate in Music.
Mrs. Audrey has many years of teaching and performance experiences. She enjoys working with students in private lessons as well as chamber ensembles. She currently lives in Ocala with her husband, three children, and two dogs. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, and nature walks.
Mrs. Beth began teaching piano to beginners to intermediate level students for the School of Music in the Fall of 2006. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University in Elementary Education and Early Childhood. Her college music courses included private piano, and she has enjoyed singing in choirs and ensembles. Beth also plays the flute and performed with a flute trio for several years. She is an experienced classroom teacher, including music instruction. She a church volunteer, having worked in the areas of music, youth, and children for over 30 years. Beth is also a mother, grandmother, and pastor’s wife.
Mr. David began teaching guitar for beginners to advanced level students at the School of Music in March 2009. He has also been part of the music leadership at First Baptist since January 2009.
David prefers to teach those over 12 years of age.
Mrs. Denita began teaching piano to beginners and high intermediate level students at the School of Music in the Summer of 2016. Denita has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a minor in music from Blue Mountain College in Mississippi. She graduated in 1999. She is a former music teacher for the Marion County School system. Denita has participated in musical activities in church since a young girl and now is active in the church choir and praise team at Oakcrest Baptist Church, where her husband is the pastor.
Denita and her family have previously served in Costa Rica and Uruguay as missionaries and she has taught private piano lessons since 1998.
Ms. Emily began teaching voice to beginners and advanced level students at the School of Music in the Fall of 2018. Emily has appeared professionally with dozens of companies, and is established as a performer of art song, musical theatre, sacred, and operatic repertoire. Additionally, Emily has spent the last six years studying voice science, and has experience teaching private voice lessons to children, teens, and adults.
Emily holds a bachelor’s degree from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, and a master’s degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from The University of Houston. While in college, she studied with internationally acclaimed singers including Dr. Julia Foster, Cynthia Clayton, Joseph Evans, and Melanie Sonnenberg. Through collegiate opera and theatre programs, she has performed over twenty roles in the last six years. Most notably, she appeared as Beppe in L’amico Fritz, Second Lady in The Magic Flute, and Irene Malloy in Hello, Dolly. While at The University of Houston, Emily taught her own sections of Applied Voice, and assisted in teaching courses including Freshman Practicum and Art Song Repertoire.
Professionally, Emily recently appeared with Rec Room Arts as Hansel in a critically acclaimed production of Hansel and Gretel, with Chapelwood UMC as the Alto Soloist in Handel’s Messiah, and the Alto Soloist in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, with Operativo Houston as Eloisa in Rossini’s Soirées Musicales, and in concert engagements with The Houston Saengerbund and VOICExperience Foundation. In past seasons, Emily appeared with Mad Cow Theatre Company, Florida Opera Theatre, The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, and Orlando Opera. This season, Emily will serve as the Mezzo Studio Artist for Opera Orlando.
Emily currently lives in Ocala, Florida with her husband, Eric, a music composer. Emily is an advocate for new music, and regularly premieres songs by American composers, including her husband.
Emily will be teaching voice online only for the fall semester.
Student Award: In 2020 one of Ms. Emily’s students competed at the 2020 Central Florida NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing). That student placed 2nd in the “Youth Classical Treble Voices.” She performed three songs from the classical song repertoire before a panel of professional judges.
Mrs. Kathy started teaching piano for beginner to advanced levels students for the School of Music in the Fall of 2019. She was previously at Madison Street Academy of Visual and Performing Arts where she created the KEYZ program and taught K-5 music. Mrs. Kathy has a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and a Masters in Educational Leadership.
Besides teaching for the School of Music, Mrs. Kathy is the Worship and Media Ministry Assistant for FBC and the church pianist.
Ms. Kaylee started teaching violin for beginners to intermediate level students for the School of Music in the Fall of 2017. She began studying violin at the School of Music at the age of 7, continued her musical studies at the College of Central Florida, and is presently teaching beginners to intermediate levels to young students and adults. Her love for music is expressed playing in a string quartet for church, weddings, or just for fun. The passion she has for her violin is shared with her students as well.
Kaylee graduated from the College of Central Florida with an Associates of Arts degree and is currently a student at the University of Florida pursuing a Bachelors in Communication Sciences and Disorders.
Mrs. Lydia began teaching piano to beginners and advanced level students at the School of Music in the Fall of 2016. She is a graduate from Pensacola Christian College with a degree in Piano Performance. Lydia teaches beginners to advanced level piano students.
Lydia has been playing since about age of five. She said at that age, the Lord had given her a love for the piano and for music. While in high school she began playing the piano for congregational singing at Community Baptist Church in Summerfield. Currently actively involved at Ocala Christian Academy: teaching piano and accompanying choirs and ensembles.
While studying at Pensacola Christian College she learned to professionally arrange hymns, perform classical pieces from all the classical genres, accompany, and teach piano. She also studied advanced music theory, music history, and choral writing/arranging.
Lydia feels that without the “heart” in music, it means nothing. One can play the most complicated and intricate pieces, but if played without emotion or feeling it will mean nothing to you or your audience. She wants to teach her students to love music and to enjoy every note that they play and glorify the Lord with the music they create.
Mr. Marcus began teaching percussion to beginners and intermediate level students at the School of Music in the Fall of 2019. He has his AA in Music Education from the College of Central Florida and currently a student at the University of Florida. Some of the things that Marcus has accomplished:
– Percussion Instructor at Vanguard High
– Teaching Percussion at Trinity High School since 2019
– Currently the Percussion Instructor at Forest High School
– Marched Indoor Percussion Independent A with RPT Percussion
– Marched Indoor Percussion Independent World with Infinity World
– Performed in the Florida Youth Symphony Orchestra for 2 years
– Won the Student/Teacher duet competition at the College of Central Florida
– Runner up for the Winter Symposium Student State College Soloist Artist Competition
– Won First Place for the Winter Symposium Student State College Soloist Artist Competition
– Marched Independent Open with Unity, a competitive percussion marching performance group
Mr. Marcus will be attending UF in the fall. Due to his schedule there he will be teaching for our school on Saturdays only.
Ms. Mary began teaching piano and voice students at the School of Music in the fall of 2021. Also she is a music teacher in the Marion County School System. Ms. Mary’s had a private voice and piano studio for most of her adult life. Prior to her arrival in Ocala, Ms. Mary was the Performing Arts Academy Leader and Director of Choral Activities at Atlantic High School in Port Orange, FL, following a long career as the Director of Choral Activities and Academy Leader of the Visual & Performing Arts Academy at Coral Gables Senior High School in Coral Gables, Fl. While there she brought the level of performance of choral and solo/ensembles music to Superiors and Superiors with Distinction at District and State Music Performance Assessments. Her programs have earned Grammy Signature Schools Semi-Finalist distinction. Her students have performed in venues from Universal Studios, Williamsburg, Virginia, to the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City. They have gone on to colleges and universities earning degrees in music education, music performance and music therapy and are successes in their own rights.
Ms. Mary earned her Master of Music Education from the Florida State University; her Bachelor’s in Music from Bethel College (now University) in St. Paul, MN with additional studies at Pacific Lutheran University, Duquesne University and Florida Gulf Coast University. Ms. Mary currently holds her Music K-12 Certification in Florida; is an active member in Florida Music Educator’s Association, Florida Vocal Association as well as American Choral Director’s Association and the National Association for Music Education. She has been selected to serve as a Courtesy Lecturer through Florida International University and Daytona State College. Ms. Mary has been awarded Certificates of Appreciation from the office of the Mayor of Miami-Dade County; Named a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by the National Society of High School Scholars and was selected Teacher of the Year 2014-2015 for Coral Gables Senior High School. She is an active solo performer as well. She is currently singing with the prestigious Festival Singers of Florida and in the past has been an active member of the Collegium Musicum from the University of Miami. She has performed leading roles most notably as Josephine in Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore; as Ruth in Pirates of Penzance; Abigail Adams in 1776 by Sherman and Sherman and performed in venues from Washington State to The United States Military Academy at West Point, NY.
She is married to a US Army Chaplain Colonel and they have four daughters and one granddaughter. Her love of music and family is second only to the love she has for her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who is the author of her life.
Ms. Rebecah began teaching piano to beginners and intermediate level students for the School of Music in the fall of 2015. She was introduced to music at a very young age due to having musical parents. Rebecah grew up learning music theory and listening to classical music. She became seriously interested in piano when she was 11 years old and began taking lessons from her mom, a former piano teacher. At 15, she started playing for church services every week and giving lessons to young children. Desiring to advance in her skills, she took professional lessons from a local instructor for 3 years before taking classes at College of Central Florida. Rebecah has an Associate of Arts degree from College of Central Florida. She is currently working on her Bachelors in Music Business from Berklee online.
Ms. Rebekah will begin teaching piano to beginners and advanced level students for the School of Music in the spring of 2022. She began playing piano at the age of 5 through the Suzuki method. Rebekah started teaching piano and became the full time pianist for her church by high school age.
Rebekah has a master’s degree in education and has taught privately in her piano studio, as well as at Crown College of the Bible Music Conservatory. She teaches a wide range of ages as well as students from many cultures and learning spectrums.
Rebekah is currently one of the pianists at her church and she continues to teach privately online as well as in person.
Dr. Sarah began teaching flute, piccolo and saxophone for beginners to advanced level students at FBC’s School of Music in the fall of 2013. She has taught a variety of music and humanities courses at the College of Central Florida, the University of Florida, Flagler College, and Florida Gateway College. She was recently ranked the 12th leading university professor in America based on student evaluation data. Dr. Satterfield serves as Department Chair of Visual and Performing Arts at CF, where she was awarded the prestigious Gladys Webber Memorial Chair. This grant funds a three-year outreach program exploring the educational and therapeutic usages of music, theatre, and dance. Dr. Satterfield lectures regularly throughout the Southeast, specializing in American music and music of the twentieth century. An experienced administrator with a broad background in various sectors of the performing arts industry, Dr. Satterfield managed the San Diego State University Symphony Orchestra and Ocala Symphony Orchestra. She served as Administrative Assistant for the prestigious Arioso Wind Quintet. Dr. Satterfield directs the Patriot Pipers, a flute ensemble she launched while at CF. Dr. Satterfield is a member of a number of professional organizations including the American Musicological Society, CMS, Society of Early Americanists, National Flute Association, Florida Flute Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, Mu Phi Epsilon, Phi Kappa Phi, and Kappa Delta Pi. She performs regularly throughout Central Florida. Dr. Satterfield received a Ph.D. in Music History and Literature with an outside specialization in art from the University of Florida, MM in Flute Performance from SDSU, and BM in Music Education from Furman University (magna cum laude).
Due to COVID-19 Dr. Sarah will be teaching online only for the spring semester.
Student Awards: Dr. Sarah had several students receive special awards in 2020. Two middle school students received the highest superior ratings on their solos at the Florida Band Directors Association’s Solo and Ensemble competition. Those same students also won spots to play in the Marion County’s All District Band, both earning 2nd chair on their respective instruments. Then we had students perform at the Florida Flute Association’s honors Flute Choir.
For spring 2021 she had a student receive two superior ratings in a virtual Solo and Ensemble submission.
Mrs. Teresa began teaching piano for beginners to high intermediate level students at the School of Music in the fall of 2014. She has a Bachelor degree from Liberty University in Education and Psychology. She has taught in public and private schools in Marion County. She currently accompanies her church choir and praise team at Ocklawaha Bridge Baptist Church on the piano or flute. Teresa has given private lessons for many years and has lead children’s choir.
Ms. Virginia began teaching piano for beginner to intermediate level students for at the School of Music in the fall of 2021. She began taking lessons at the age of six where she later became a teacher with Capitano Music Studio.
Ms. Virginia graduated from the College of Central Florida with honors. She is currently the pianist for Calvery Baptist Church, has performed with the Central Florida Master Choir, played piano with the CF Patriot Blues Jazz Band and played in productions at the college.
Ms. Jennifer hasn’t started teaching for the School of Music but we are seeing if there is any interest. She teaches Low Brass. She graduated from Stetson University with a Music Education degree.
Ms. Meyiu hasn’t started teaching for the School of Music but we are starting a waiting list for her.
She was born in China and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance at Shenyang Conservatory of Music, China. Ms Meyiu came to the U.S. in March 2018 and earned her Master’s degree in Music Pedagogy at Texas Woman’s University in 2021. She had more than 4 years of teaching experience in violin and viola. She teaches violin and viola from beginners to advanced level students. Ms. Meyiu is also an experienced ensemble violinist, performing in Texas Woman’s University Orchestra, Shenyang Conservatory of Music Orchestra, and Shenyang ‘Flower ‘Symphony. She is the founder and violinist of “A18” Ensemble (China). She enjoys teaching students and playing violin with other musicians. Ms. Meyiu believes the basic skill is the most important thing of learning strings, music is based on a good foundation.
If you are interested in taking lessons with Ms. Meyiu, please let the office know. Due to the long drive she will have, we are taking names until we can build up a load of students for her.