Academy of the Arts

NSU University School provides extracurricular arts education for students and adults within the NSU University School community as well as the general community through the Academy of the Arts. Designed as an outgrowth of the school’s rich curricular programs in performing and visual arts, the program focuses on providing further enrichment opportunities after school.


Private music lessons are offered in voice, piano, guitar, bass guitar, violin, and ukulele. The instructors for each of these disciplines are either full-time members of our faculty or professional adjunct teachers; their bios and photos can be found under the “Instructors” section below. Students will participate in a May recital where they will have the opportunity to showcase the skills they have learned.

Instructors

Anya Fuchs (Piano)


Anya Fuchs (Instructor in Piano) was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and was surrounded with the arts from a very early age. She studied music in the prestigious Rimsky-Korsakov School of Music for 11 years, took classes in fortepiano, and graduated with honors. She then earned a Bachelor's Degree in Conducting Amateur Chorus from the Institute of Culture in the heart of St. Petersburg, Russia. Anya has been actively teaching music and piano for over 25 years and loves sharing her passion with young aspiring musicians. She is presently a Music Specialist at an elementary school in Hollywood.

David Morse (Piano and Voice)


David Morse (Instructor in Piano and Voice) is a musician known to NSU University School as a piano accompanist and vocal coach, having worked with USchool teachers Tom Gress and Renee Hunt. He has an extensive background as a pianist and had his Carnegie Hall debut in 1982. With music degrees from the Hartt School of Music, he has developed teaching skills for voice, piano, and organ. He currently serves as music director for a local church where he leads choirs of all ages beginning at kindergarten.

Gaby Tortoledo (Voice)


Gaby Tortoledo (Instructor in Voice) was born and raised in Venezuela, where she got an extensive background in classical ballet, jazz, and urban dance. She discovered her love for theater in the U.K. while training at City Academy London and has pursued this passion ever since! She was recently awarded a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance from Florida Atlantic University.

Gaby is a classical and contemporary trained singer and has been a teacher in the performing arts for over five years, specializing in Musical Theatre. Her students can be seen headlining the NSU University School musicals, rocking out with the guitar ensemble, and earning numerous awards at Thespian competitions. As a working professional, she remains in touch with what is trending in the "real world" and is able to help train for school, college, and professional auditions and competitions.

Based in South Florida, she was recently seen playing Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Cinderella in Into the Woods, and reading with Sharon Gless in Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Gaby is a proud member of the South Florida Theatre League and an Equity Membership Candidate.

Anamarie Torres (Violin/Viola)

Anamarie Torres (Violin/Viola teacher) is a registered Suzuki Teacher from Puerto Rico. She studied Music Education with a major in Violin at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music and Suzuki Teacher Trainings in Chicago, Wisconsin and Ithaca, NY, and holds an MBA from Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico. With more than 15 years of teaching experience, she has taught different levels from 2-year-olds to adults, including students who have continued their careers in music. As a violinist, she has played in different theaters and venues in Puerto Rico, with several groups including the Philharmonic Orchestra of Puerto Rico. As an educator, she has worked in private and public schools, developing and implementing string orchestra and individual-lesson oriented curricula, and established ties with the community through the planning, coordination and execution of events to help and support non-profit organizations. Anamarie currently works as an Events Manager at Bailey Hall in Davie, Fla.

SARAH SUAREZ (PIANO, VIOLIN, AND VIOLA)


Sarah Suarez (Instructor in Piano, Violin, and Viola) is a graduate from the Florida International University School of Music. She began studying piano at a young age and quickly developed an interest in violin and viola. That lead her to major in music performance and earn a Bachelor’s degree in 2018. As a music student, she participated in many music competitions and was awarded the first place prize in the 2013 FGCU/Steinway Piano Competition. She also performed in many musical ensembles, such as the Naples Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and the Florida International University Symphony Orchestra. With over 6 years of experience, she focuses on developing an understanding and passion for music in her students. Her teaching method includes an individualized approach for each student. Sarah currently directs her own home music studio working with children from the age of 4, as well as with adults.

Jay Hernandez (Guitar, Piano, Ukulele, and Voice)


Jorge (Jay) Hernandez is multi-instrumentalist born and raised in Colombia. He began his musical career at an early age playing guitar and percussion. He later decided to officially initiate his musical education which included piano, guitar, and Latin percussions. He has performed in many cities and throughout the country and has lectured in many workshops specializing in modern genres, artistic interpretations, and musical ensembles. Jay can interpret many musical genres ranging from classical to contemporary music (jazz, rock, and funk). He is currently the music director at The Rock Church in Hollywood, FL, where he plays the piano and bass. He works in his own studio as a producer and composer and is developing an instrumental project for contemporary electric guitar that is expected to be released in 2020.

Samuel Sangary (Guitar, Piano, and Voice)


Samuel Sangary is a singer/songwriter based out of Miami, Florida. He has an associates degree in music business/creative production. Samuel has been teaching guitar, vocal, and piano lessons throughout the years. He is currently in a band with his twin brother. They’ve both had the opportunity to play and sing in front of huge crowds (30,000+) while at the same time releasing music online that is heard all around the world. Samuel’s journey as an artist began in 2015 with the release of his first album and it didn’t end there. You can still find his music under the band name “Sangary Brothers”. His love for music is evident and his desire to help others grow in their talents is alive and well.

First Quarter Fall 2019 Group Classes and Private Lessons

Guitar Private Lessons

Students will start by reading notes on the instrument and learning some of the basic chords, strum patterns, and basic song accompaniment.

Lessons are available in 30 and 60 minute sessions Monday through Friday from 3:30pm until 6:00pm for students age 5 and above, as well as adults.

Private lessons are $42 per 30 minutes and $84 per hour.

Piano Private Lessons

Private lessons in piano will give students the opportunity to learn various music styles, study music theory, and study hand/finger techniques including chords, scales, arpeggios, octaves, and more.

Lessons are available in 30 or 60-minute sessions on Monday through Friday from 3:30pm until 6:00pm for students in grades kindergarten and up, as well as adults.

Private lessons are $42 per 30 minutes and $84 per hour.

Ukulele Private Lessons

Students will start by reading notes on the instrument and learning some of the basic chords, strum patterns, and basic song accompaniment.

Lessons are available in 30 and 60 minute sessions Monday through Friday from 3:30 pm until 6:00 pm, for students age 5 and above, as well as adults.

Private lessons are $42 per 30 minutes and $84 per hour.

Voice Private Lessons

Voice lessons always begin with a warm up - your instrument is very valuable and should be treated with the utmost care. After that, it is really up to you! You can work on songs you already know or your instructor can suggest new repertoire that is based on your range and musical preference. In either case, the most important thing to your instructor is to help you grow as a singer and feel confident about yourself.

Voice lessons are available in 30 or 60-minute sessions, Monday through Friday from 3:30 pm until 6:00 pm for students in grades kindergarten and up, as well as adults.

Private lessons are $42 per 30 minutes and $84 per hour.

VIOLIN/VIOLA PRIVATE LESSONS

Lessons are available in 30 and 60 minute sessions on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 3:30pm until 6:00pm for students in grades JK and up, as well as adults.

Private lessons are $42 per 30 minutes and $84 per hour.

Policies and Procedures

Commitment to the Program

Private Music Lessons
Students must come prepared. This includes bringing any music, instrument, or supplies needed for the lesson. If the student is not prepared for the lesson, the instructor is not obligated to teach the lesson, nor is he/she obligated to reschedule the lesson. With the support of the Academy of the Arts administration, the instructor has the right to remove the student from his/her roster, and no refund will be issued for the following circumstances: consistent late arrival or missed lessons without notice, persistent disruptive behavior despite parent communication, or failure to show improvement.

Group Classes
Students need to be prepared for each group class. Each instructor will provide a list of supplies, if needed, that should be brought to each class. With the support of the Academy of the Arts administration, the instructor has the right to remove the student from his/her roster, and no refund will be issued for the following circumstances: consistent late arrival or missed lessons without notice, persistent disruptive behavior despite parent communication, or failure to show improvement.

General Information

All lessons are taught in the NSU University School AutoNation Center for the Arts on our campus from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students currently enrolled in NSU University School's Lower School will be picked up ten minutes prior to their lesson and brought to the Center for the Arts, unless the parent prefers to bring the student themselves. If their lesson ends prior to 5:30 p.m., they will be returned to the Lower School and signed in to After Care. Students whose lessons end after 5:30 p.m. will need to be picked up from the Center for the Arts. Middle and Upper School students are expected to arrive at least five minutes prior to their lesson start time. Late arrivals will lose the time missed. Any students not in After Care must be picked up within ten minutes of the completion of their lesson to avoid additional charges. Parents are welcome to wait in the Student Lobby of the AutoNation Center for the Arts while their child is in their lesson. If you would like to observe a lesson, please contact the instructor directly.

Schedule

The First Quarter Fall 2019 group class and private lesson schedule runs from August 26, 2019 through October 18, 2019. Click here to view the First Quarter calendar.

Billing and Payment

Instructors will bill each family directly through PayPal. The invoice must be paid in full through PayPal prior to the first lesson. One trial lesson is included in the package. If after the trial lesson it is decided that the instructor/student fit is not optimal, parents should notify the instructor or the Academy of the Arts of the situation at least 24 hours prior to the second scheduled lesson, and a full refund will be issued. After the second lesson, no refund will be given.

Cancellation and Make Up Policies

If a lesson needs to be canceled or rescheduled, the instructor must be advised at least 24 hours prior to the beginning of the scheduled lesson. If your child experiences a sudden illness on the day of the lesson, please notify the instructor as well as the Academy of the Arts immediately. An attempt will be made to reschedule the missed lesson, but please note that it is not guaranteed. If no notification is received, then the lesson will be forfeited. Cancelling or missing lessons on a regular basis will result in the student being removed from the instructor's roster, and no refund will be issued.

Lessons canceled by the instructor, as well as any cancellations due to unexpected NSU University School closures, will be made up at a mutually agreed upon date and time.

All missed lessons must be made up in the season in which they were missed. Lessons do not carry over.

Contact Information

Academy of the Arts Assistant Coordinator
Karen Reynolds
954-262-4448
reyka01@nova.edu

Director of the Arts
Danny Swerdlow
954-262-4402
swerdlow@nova.edu

AutoNation Center for the Arts Receptionist
Shirley Brody
954-262-4490
sbrody@nova.edu

Associate Director of the Arts
Joel Nemes
954-262-4496
jnemes@nova.edu

Register

Click here to complete the online registration form. Please note that each child should be registered separately. Additionally, if you would like to sign your child up for more than one class, you will need to complete more than one registration form. Once you have completed the registration form and clicked on the "submit" button at the bottom of the form, you should receive a copy of the registration form for your records.

For private lessons, the instructor will contact you to set up the time of the lesson. Once a time is selected, you will receive an invoice directly from the instructor. Your space will be held for 24 hours; however, if the full payment is not received within that time frame, the space will be released.

For group classes, the instructor will contact you to confirm your registration and will send you an invoice, which must be paid in full before students will be registered for the class.