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, and ukulele. Additional instruments are available for private lessons. Please contact us for more information. Group lessons are taught in digital photography, drawing/painting, ceramics, guitar, 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.

Antonia Martinez (Digital Photography and Drawing/Painting)


Antonia Martinez (Instructor in Digital Photography and Drawing and Painting) is an artist and art educator who obtained her Master of Science degree with Specialization in Interdisciplinary Arts from Nova Southeastern University and is now working on her Educational Leadership Certificate. As an artist, she has created murals and various art pieces using a wide variety of art mediums. Throughout her career as an educator, Antonia has worked with public, private, and charter schools designing and implementing digital photography and art-based curriculum. Antonia has also worked with many community organizations using art as an educational tool for many students. Antonia currently teaches the fundamentals of art and design as well as digital photography and truly believes in the importance of using creativity as a means of self-expression.

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.

Austen Elms (BASS GUITAR, GUITAR, PIANO, AND UKULELE)


Austen Elms has been playing music all over South Florida and the country since childhood. His professional music career began a decade ago, traveling across the United States for various conferences playing guitars or keyboards as needed. As resident multi-instrumental band member at his church, Austen has covered the gamut of musical styles and genres. Trained classically on piano and more organically in everything else, he is well-versed in both music theory and performance. He also recorded and produced an all-original album with his siblings in 2015, most of the songs he wrote himself. Since then he has become a professional music producer and recording engineer. He is excited to show you how to become the musician and artist you want to be!

Third Quarter Winter 2019 Group Classes and Private Lessons

Digital Photography Group Class

Students who journey through the Phenomenal Photography class will experience hands-on photography instruction. Students will gain knowledge of the various photography styles and form a deeper understanding of camera use, lighting, and the elements of photography. This class will teach students how to create portraits and give them familiarity with black and white photography, action photography, food photography, and much more.

The group class will meet once per week on Wednesdays from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. This class is available for students in grades 6 through 8.

Group classes are $42 per class.

Drawing and Painting Group Class

Students who journey through the Adventure of Art class will experience many artistic mediums, such as paint, charcoal, oil, pastels, and many more. Students will travel through history, exploring different cultures and countries, learning about various works including Egyptian etchings, Frida Kahlo self-portraits, Pablo Picasso collages, and Faith Ringgold freedom quilts, just to name a few.

The group class will meet on Thursdays from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm. This class is available for students in grades 3 through 8.

Group classes are $42 per class.

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.

Guitar Private Lessons - Private lessons (30 or 60 minutes) are available on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:00pm until 6:00pm. These are available for students in grades 2 and up, as well as adults.

Private lessons are $41.50 per 30 minutes and $83 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 Thursday from 3:30pm until 6:00pm, and on Friday from 3:30pm until 5:00pm, for students in grades kindergarten and up, as well as adults.

Private lessons are $41.50 per 30 minutes and $83 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.

Ukulele Private Lessons - Private lessons are available in 30 or 60-minute sessions Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:00pm until 6:00pm. These are available for students in grades 2 and up, as well as adults.

Private lessons are $41.50 per 30 minutes and $83 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 Thursday from 3:30 pm until 6:00 pm, and Friday from 3:30 pm until 5:00 pm, for students in grades kindergarten and up, as well as adults.

Private lessons are $41.50 per 30 minutes and $83 per hour.

VIOLIN/VIOLA PRIVATE LESSONS

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

Private lessons are $41.50 per 30 minutes and $83 per hour.

Bass Guitar Private Lessons

Instruction will be based on a student's goals and musical taste. Methods will range from ear techniques to sight-reading and improvisation.

Lessons are available in 30 and 60 minute sessions Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm, for students age 8 and above, as well as adults.

Private lessons are $41.50 per 30 minutes and $83 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 Third Quarter Winter 2019 group class and private lesson schedule runs from January 7 through February 15, 2019. Click here to view the Third Quarter Winter 2019 calendar. Lessons are not taught on weekends, holidays, or during school vacations.

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

Associate Director of the Arts
Danny Swerdlow
954-262-4496
swerdlow@nova.edu

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

Director of the Arts
Dan Bishop
954-262-4402
rbishop1@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.