- Acoustic Guitar
- Electric Guitar
- Bass Guitar
Other instruments may be available upon request.
Currently lesson fees are $25 per half hour with a yearly registration fee ($50). Upon receiving a request for lessons, the Fine Arts Academy director will notify the instructor, who will contact the student to set up a lesson day and time. Cancellation and rescheduling of missed lessons will be at the discretion of the instructor, students should contact the instructor at least 24 hours in advance of any missed lesson. All teachers and students are also held to Safe Sanctuaries guidelines.
Debra McFerran, Piano
“I have taught piano at the St John fine arts academy for 8 1/2 years and private piano for 40 years. I was a music minor at the University of Louisville School of Music (dual major in English and humanities). Music is not only a livelihood, but also my best friend. I feel ALL children should be exposed to music because it entertains, challenges and ‘soothes the savage beast’.”
John Grammer, Guitar/bass, drums
John Grammer has been a professional musician and music teacher for more than 35 years. He began his musical studies at the age of 7 with piano and drums then began studying French horn and theory in high school, performing with the Louisville Youth Orchestra for 5 years. John continued French horn and percussion at the University of Louisville and while studying theory and composition at Bellarmine College, he started playing the guitar. John has performed throughout the United States and Europe with orchestras, rock bands, musicals and jazz and chamber music ensembles. “I believe that music, beyond the development and expansion of mental and physical abilities, is a source of great joy. The thrill of playing both solo and with others, either alone or performing for an audience, is unique. It can be therapy and recreation, from worship to entertainment. Music has blessed my life and I feel fortunate to be able to share this blessing with my students.”
Ms. Meisburg, lyric soprano, is a versatile performer and recitalist. She recently graduated with her Masters of Music Performance from Indiana University, and is currently a member of the Kentucky Opera chorus. She has performed in Europe while studying at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland as a recitalist and frequently in the conservatoire’s operatic collaborations with Scottish Opera. To further her belief that all children should be exposed to music at a young age, Katherine participated in a team as the administrator and co-creator that created a children’s show to promote the classical arts of art song, theatre, and ballet in an easily accessible fairy tale. The show went on to participate in the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Amy Sanders, Flute
““I began playing the flute when I was eight years old. I graduated from Butler University in 1990 with a BS in Arts Administration. Flute (and piccolo) was my primary instrument and voice was my secondary. I taught privately to students of all ages for nearly ten years while living in Indiana. Since moving to Kentucky, I’ve been involved in a variety of music programs at St. John, including singing with the choir, flute soloist during church services, orchestra and the bell choir. My favorite part of teaching is seeing a student’s face light up when they attain a new skill or master an existing one. I am blessed to have the opportunity to share my musical talents with my church family at St. John, as it is a greatly fulfilling part of my life.”
Emily McCord, High Brass
Mrs. McCord is an experienced teacher and performer. She has led a thriving band program for the last twelve years, and performs regularly with community ensembles including the Brass Band of Louisville and the Louisville Civic Orchestra.Mrs. McCord earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Western Kentucky University, and a Master’s in Secondary Education from Indiana Wesleyan University. Mrs. McCord enjoys working with trumpet students of all ages and ability levels.