Our Mission

The mission of the First Academy’s Worship Arts Department is to assist students in discovering, developing, and displaying their artistic talents for the glorification of Jesus.

Discover

We assist students in discovering their gifts within music and technology.

Develop

We assist students in developing their gifts within music and technology.

Display

We assist students in displaying their gifts within music and technology.

Available Courses for 2021-2022

The current available courses for the 2021-2022 School Year are listed below. Have questions? Email Ray here.

  • Vocals

    In the Vocals Course, students will learn:

    -Voice anatomy

    -Preparing and maintaining our voice

    -Proper techniques for singing

    -To sing lead and harmony parts

    -To read sheet music and vocal lead sheets

    -To sing as part of a band (Guitar, Keyboard, Bass, Drumset, etc)

    -And much more!

  • Guitar (acoustic, electric, bass)

    In the Guitar Course, students will learn:

    -Guitar anatomy

    -Set-up, maintaining, and tuning a guitar

    -Proper techniques for playing a guitar

    -To read guitar tablature, sheet music, and chord charts

    -To play as part of a band (Vocals, Keyboard, Bass, Drumset, etc)

    -And much more!

  • Piano/Keyboard

    In the Piano/Keyboard Course, students will learn:

    -Piano/keyboard anatomy

    -Set-up and maintaining a piano/keyboard

    -Proper techniques for playing a piano/keyboard

    -To read sheet music and chord charts

    -To play as part of a band (Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drumset, etc)

    -And much more!

  • Drumset/Percussion

    In the Drumset/Percussion Course, students will learn:

    -Drums anatomy

    -Set-up, maintaining, and tuning drums

    -Proper techniques for playing drums

    -To read drum transcriptions (sheet music for drumset)

    -To play as part of a band (Vocals, Guitar, Keyboard, Bass, etc)

    -And much more!

  • tECHNOLOGY

    In the Technology Course, students will learn:

    -Technology used in live events

    -Set-up and maintenance of audio/visual equipment

    -Proper techniques for operating audio/visual equipment

    -To read Spec Sheets (cues, details, etc for live events)

    -To mix a live band (Vocals, Guitar, Keyboard, Bass, Drumset, etc)

    -And much more!

OUR INSTRUCTORS

Our Instructors have a wealth of knowledge, experience, and a love for Jesus. We desire to assist students in discovering, developing, and displaying their artistic talents for the glorification of Jesus.

  • RAY HAWK

    WORSHIP ARTS DIRECTOR

    Technology Course Instructor

    Ray has been playing music for nearly 20 years. He has served in several local churches on Keyboard and Drums, has played professionally with The Joshua Rogers Band and Sun Standing Still, and has been a Drum Instructor for private lessons. Ray currently is on staff at First Baptist Church as the Tech/Media Director where he oversees all of the technical aspects of our services and events, our Production Team, our audio/visual equipment, and our online presence. Ray and his wife have been married for 6 years and have a 4 year old daughter. Ray has a passion for helping students discover their gifts, develop their gifts, and display their gifts to glorify Jesus and help others grow closer to Jesus.


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  • Jennifer Allien

    Vocal Course INSTRUCTOR

    1st-6th Grade Music Instructor

    More information about Jennifer is coming soon!

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    Guitar Course INSTRUCTOR

    We are currently seeking a Guitar Course Instructor. For more information, email Ray here.

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    Piano/Keyboard Course INSTRUCTOR

    We are currently seeking a Piano/Keyboard Course Instructor. For more information, email Ray here.

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    Drumset/Percussion Course INSTRUCTOR

    We are currently seeking a Drumset/Percussion Course Instructor. For more information, email Ray here.

  • Jeannie Keys

    PreK-Kindergarten Music Teacher

    More information about Jeannie is coming soon!