Music is important in a child’s life. It helps develop discipline, teaches how to set and achieve goals, and develops lifetime skills that can be used individually and in a group. Research has shown that music lessons dramatically increase a child’s abstract reasoning skills, the very same skills used in math and science (Neurological Research, Vol. 19, February 1997). Another study found that the greatest engineers and technical designers in the Silicon Valley are practicing musicians (“The Case for Sequential Music Education in the Core Curriculum of the Public Schools,” The Center for the Arts in the Basic Curriculum, New York, 1989). There are even studies available that prove that children who receive music education score higher on their SAT’s (College-Bound Seniors National Report: Profile of SAT Program Test Takers. Princeton, NJ: The College Entrance Examination Board, 2001). But most importantly, music is a way to worship and praise our God. There are over 200 scripture references commanding us to make music unto the Lord!

Included in the curriculum at CCS are music education classes for K-4 through 6th grade and music appreciation for 9th grade. In addition, other ensembles and lessons are available here at the school, offering high quality individualized training coupled with convenience to further your child’s music education. Please consider which of the “extra” classes your child may have an interest in, and REGISTER for them during ORIENTATION in the GYM. Vocal and instrumental ensembles and choirs are included in tuition; private and group lessons have an additional fee.

Extra-curricular Music Classes Offered:


Group Piano for Little Mozarts


1st – 2nd grade: Group Piano for Little Mozarts, Private lessons – piano and guitar

3rd – 6th grade: Elementary choir – will perform both a Christmas musical and a spring program, Private lessons – piano, flute, voice, guitar, banjo, drums and electric bass guitar

Middle School (7th and 8th) and High School (9th-12th)

Private lessons – piano, flute, voice, guitar, banjo, drums and electric bass guitar

Hand Chimes ensemble – will perform a program in December and May; will participate in the SCACS festival in March

Concert Choir – will perform a program in December and May; will sing at high school graduation in May and SCACS festival in March

Instrumental/vocal ensembles/ Ambassadors – an opportunity for those with special interests and talent to perform more frequently; audition required

Private Lessons

$80 monthly; Payment is due by the first lesson of the month. If payment is late a $15 late fee WILL BE CHARGED. Each individual instructor reserves the right to withhold lessons until balance is paid in full at NO PENALTY TO THE INSTRUCTOR.

Per Semester – $345 for the fall semester and $345 for the spring semester

With this option you save $30 for the year!

Annually – $670; Save $50 with this option plus pay just once and it’s one less thing to worry about each month!

Please see individual teachers for specific details. Instrumental rental, if necessary is approximately $15 a month; however, instruments can be purchased inexpensively – check with your teacher!

REMEMBER! You MUST REGISTER for extra classes and lessons during August ORIENTATION in the GYM. Space will be limited for private lessons and will be filled on a returning student, first-come first-served basis.

Music Teachers at CCS

Brandi Barbee earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with an emphasis in Voice from North Greenville University. She will be teaching 4th – 6th grade music education classes as well as co- directing the Children’s Choir.

Shaun Dearmond studied guitar with Tom Yoder and attended Coastal Carolina University. He will be teaching beginning, intermediate, and advanced guitar, banjo, drums and electric bass.

Janet Inman Haigh earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the Conservatory of Music, Wheaton College, and has done graduate work in music at the University of South Carolina. She will be teaching flute and voice, and directing hand chimes, high school choir, and Ambassadors.

Robin Simmons earned a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of South Carolina – Coastal Carolina and a Master of Creative Arts in Learning from Lesley University. She will be teaching private piano, accompanying the choirs and the Ambassadors, and co-directing the Children’s Choir.

Debbie Timms earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Virginia Intermont College and a Master of Music Education degree from the University of South Carolina. She teaches classes in music education, music appreciation; Beethoven and Mozart piano fun classes for K3, K4, K5, 1st and 2nd grade as well as private piano.


2013  SCACS Fine Arts Festival Results:

Caroline Dill – Superior in Female Vocal Solo

Chloe Barbee – Superior in Female Vocal Solo

Ross Bazen – Superior in Sacred Piano

Caroline Dill – Superior in Sacred Piano

Christian Sams – Excellent in Sacred Piano

Cameron Butler – Excellent in Sacred Piano

Rachel Hogue – Superior in Female Vocal Solo

Grace Tyler – Superior in Female Vocal Solo

Taylor Wall – Excellent in Sacred Piano

Grace Lawrimore – Excellent in Classical Piano

Conway Trio (Cameron Butler, Kayleigh Robertson, Rani Shelton) – Superior

Conway Duet (Caroline Dill and Chloe Barbee) – Superior

Conway Handchimes Ensemble (Carter McElroy, Reed Bazen, James Feaser, and Jacob Bowers –Superior

Conway Handchimes Choir (Kyle McElroy, McKenzie Holt, Reagan Jacobs, Lexie Hill, Megan Jacobs,Kelsey Stephenson, and Anna Grace Roberts – Superior

Chesney Samaha – Excellent in Crafts

Caroline Dill – Good in Monochramatic Drawing and Polychromatic Drawing

Kason Pippin – Excellent in Acrylic Painting

Regan Dailey – Excellent in Acrylic Painting

Rani Shelton – Excellent in People & Animal Photography

Kelsey Stephenson – Good in Monochramatic Drawing

Lexi Hill – Superior in Landscape & Architecture Photography