Explorers Home School Association

Classes - 7th/8th Grade

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      1st hour

      Class Description

      Study Hall

      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NamePolly Gjernes
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
      Class Size1 to 14
      Class Length2 semester(s)
      Class Room2
      DescriptionStudy Hall - Please keep this one quiet if there is only one room available to us. All students who sign up for this class must remain in the classroom the entire class period. No wandering around the building. Attendance will be taken. All students must be accounted for.
      Additional InformationAll students must remain in the classroom during the entire class period. If a student is not going to be in the classroom, they need to notify the team leader.
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Guitar Lessons

      DisciplineMusic
      Age Groups1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameSpencer Hanson
      Tuition/Materials Fees$297/$0
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomLibrary
      CurriculumSyllabus is tailored to fit the learning style, musical interest, and pace that is appropriate for the individual student.
      HomeworkDaily practice (15-30 minutes or more)
      PrerequisitesNone
      MaterialsStudents will need their own instrument. Instructor is able to provide information for the purchase of a quality, beginning level instrument; needed before the start of class.
      Hal Leonard guitar method books 1-3
      Binder with Lined paper
      Tablature paper
      DescriptionAs a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
      Evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioSpencer Hanson has been playing music avidly for the last 13 years. He attended Eastern Michigan University’s School of Music, with his main instrument being the classical guitar. During his time at EMU, Spencer was a member of multiple jazz combos, where he played electric jazz guitar, as well as electric and double bass. With these jazz combos he has performed at events such as the Eastern Michigan University Regent’s Dinner, the Ann Arbor Art Fair, 5:01 Jazz in Ann Arbor, and the Michigan Jazz Festival. Spencer is also part of a local band that has played numerous shows in states across the Midwest.
      As a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
      Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      High School Credit0.5
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Martial Arts Gold and Above

      DisciplineMartial Arts
      Age Groups3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)This class is designed for students Gold Belt and above.

      Instructor NameBrandon Lockman
      Tuition/Materials Fees$100/$15 Uniform/pads
      Class Size6 to 20
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomGym B
      Homework10-15 minutes 2-3 times per week
      PrerequisitesAchieved a gold belt or above in previous a class.
      Materials$15 covers the cost of the uniform for the new students, or the hand pads for those attending their 2nd semester of martial arts, or the foot pads for those attending their third semester of martial arts. If the student already has everything, they don't need to pay the equipment fee.
      DescriptionOur classes are based on our instructor's certifications and experience in several martial arts including Choi Kwang-Do, Tae Kwon Do and Brazilian Jui-Jitsu. Our style of teaching is an exciting and innovative approach to martial arts that combines all of the positive aspects of traditional martial arts - such as character development and positive mental attitude - with a training system that is pure innovation! Our system provides the most effective martial arts system for today's modern society that is easy to learn - yet provides a complete health system for both body and mind. Unlike many martial arts used for athletic competition, our system is designed to enhance students’ overall health, fitness, and well-being. 
      It is highly recommended that students that are Orange Belt and above attend two classes per week in order to keep the progressing at a normal rate, motivated, and keep them passionate about their martial arts' training.
      If you have any questions, please contact Master Lockman at 734 424-5125

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioMaster Brandon Lockman trained in Choi Kwang-Do Martial Art International for 18 years. In May of 2007 Master Lockman received his fifth degree Black Belt at the twentieth anniversary for Choi Kwang-Do (CKD), making him the youngest master in CKD world-wide.

      Master Lockman and his martial art school (The Black Belt Academy) are a part of Kinect Martial Art International (KMAI). With it’s 40 locations world-wide, KMAI is a diversified martial art organization that embraces several training philosophies from multiple martial arts including Choi Kwang-Do, Tae Kwon Do and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

      Recently, Master Lockman celebrated the Black Belt Academy’s seventh year of being open as a full-time martial arts academy. As a part of celebrating this anniversary, Master lockman has tested and recieved his Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
      Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
      High School Credit1
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Piano Lessons

      DisciplineFine Arts
      Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Do not need to know how to read, just be able to recognize letter A-G and numbers 1-5
      Instructor NameRonni Brennan
      Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room106
      HomeworkRonni believes that practice is always required to grow musically, but she also knows that if a student isn't having fun with lessons and the piano, learning is likely to not happen. Practicing is highly encouraged, but she does not require "practice logs" as part of the learning process. Ronni offers rewards to motivate her students and encourages parents to offer a space for their child to practice at home. It's has been Ronni's experience that much musical material is remembered when the student is in a stress-free environment and is in a "playful mindset" while playing the piano. Practicing will happen when the student is enjoying the piano.
      MaterialsRonni uses the Bastien Piano Basics curriculum. There are four books - piano, performance, technique and theory. All levels are available. She also takes into consideration what each student enjoys playing and implements those genres of music in lessons.
      DescriptionDuring the 30 minute private lesson, students will learn musical theory, scales and performance songs. Ronni believes in providing a solid musical foundation where students learn to read music and can eventually play any song they desire, not just copy/memorize a piece or two. All skill levels are welcome. Classes are taught in a stress-free environment with an encouraging attitude and positive motivation. Each lesson is also tailored to the student's interests and abilities.

      Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioPiano has been a part of Ronni Wilson's life since she began taking lessons at the age of three. She continued lessons until she left for college where she became a certified elementary school teacher. Throughout her college career at Eastern Michigan University, she was a member of the symphonic band and marching band from 1989 to 1993. In 1990, she became Eastern Michigan University's first female Drum Major of the then EMU Marching Hurons.

      After teaching fourth grade for four years, Ronni decided to become a stay-at-home mom and teach a few piano lessons. She began with two students in 1999. She now has over 40 students and absolutely loves her job!

      Ronni has done community musical theater, plays piano and sings in her church worship band, and plays and sings with her sister at a variety of church and community functions.

      Outside of teaching, Ronni enjoys being with her family, reading, knitting, baking bread, spending time and having fun with friends and jumping rope!
      Additional InformationLessons will begin the second half of first hour (9:25 a.m.)

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      High School Credit0.5
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Painting with Acrylics

      DisciplineArt
      Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)This class is for students age 11 and above.
      Instructor NameTerisa Tengler
      Tuition/Materials Fees$75/$25
      Class Size4 to 18
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room10/11
      MaterialsStudents should wear paint clothes or bring long smocks to every class.
      DescriptionThis semester in Acrylic Painting, students will spend half the semester on group projects and half the semester on the project of their own choosing. Among the group projects will be a scenic painting and a still life - which will be set up in the classroom.
      As a class, we'll focus on a few important techniques: shading, blending and perspective.
      Students should expect to create at least 4 frameable works of art throughout the semester.
      As always, no previous experience or drawing skills are necessary. Veteran students are encouraged to return, and new students are warmly welcome!
      This class is for students aged 11 years and above. It will be a bright and fun hour of color and technique set to the best playlist anyone ever heard!

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioTerisa started drawing at 5 years old from watching her mother who could draw beautifully. Terisa has won awards throughout her school and career for drawing, architectural design and drawing, and photography. In college she was able to study alongside artists like Sam Houston who is well known for his beautiful watercolor landscapes. She graduated from Carson Newman College with a BA in photography and art. She was in the Who's Who for college photography the year she graduated.
      She taught photography for a large camp. Worked as a portrait photographer for many years. She has done commissioned oil painting and taught acrylics and painting in homeschool groups. She also is in the planning stages of a business/ministry teaching acrylics to women in churches that will have a spiritual discussion.
      She recently has connected with her extended family in Sweden and realized artistic abilities run in the family. Many of them and their ancestors are artist as well. They even have their own family fb page dedicated just to share their artistic endeavors.
      Additional InformationTHIS IS A PROFESSIONAL CLASS. FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      High School Credit0.5
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      5th-12th Grade Choir

      DisciplineFine Arts
      Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameTrish Pino
      Tuition/Materials Fees$35/$5 material fee for music
      Class Size10 to 100
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomSanctuary
      DescriptionCome sing in the Choir! This class will focus on vocal technique, harmonizing, ear training and fun! Choir helps to develop musicality and teamwork principles. New students welcome.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioInstructor Bio
      Trish Pino earned her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from the State University of NY at Fredonia and is certified in K-12 Vocal and General Music.  She then took a one year placement as a 6th-12th grade vocal and general music teacher.  After that, she studied at Belmont University and received her Master’s of Music in Music Education with a concentration in Vocal and Secondary Education.  After receiving her Master’s degree, she taught for 5 years at Currey Ingram Academy in Nashville, TN where she was responsible for 5th-6th grade general music classes, choir, and band.  She also has over 13 years of experience as a private piano and voice teacher.  Mrs. Pino served as the Music Director at Keystone Church in Saline for 4 years and now has her own practice of private piano and voice students.  
      Additional InformationTHIS IS A PROFESSIONAL CLASS. FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      High School Credit1
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Violin/Voice Lessons

      DisciplineFine Arts
      Age GroupsPreschool - Three-year-olds, K4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Students age 3-6 must have a parent accompany them to the lesson. Parents of students older than 6 are also invited to sit in on the lesson if they like.
      Instructor NameKate Talo
      Tuition/Materials Fees$240/$0
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room1
      HomeworkPractice 15-30 minutes of daily practice.
      DescriptionEach lesson will be a private, weekly, 30 minute tutoring session where students will receive individualized instruction, feedback and practice on their instrument/voice. Students will benefit most if they commit to 15 - 20 (30 for older students) minutes of daily practice of assigned
      work. My goal is to create a comfortable, fun environment where students feel free to make mistakes and learn from them, hopefully avoiding too much frustration which can lead to discouragement and quitting.

      I will choose appropriate materials needed to be purchased throughout the semester and school year.
      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioI have a Bachelors Degree in Music Education and have been teaching or caring for children since
      my graduation in 1998. My experience includes, most recently, teaching private voice, violin and piano, and previously working in public and private schools as a music teacher for grades ranging from Kindergarten to 12th grade. I also have experience as
      a nanny and preschool teacher.
      Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      High School Credit0.5
      Professional Class?Professional
      Class Description

      Pre-Algebra

      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameAmy Vink
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
      Class Size2 to 10
      Class Length2 semester(s)
      MaterialsSaxon Algebra 1/2 3rd edition.
      DescriptionThis class will meet on Tuesday at Explorers for class and then Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday at 10am via zoom/google classroom for 15-20 minutes.


      2nd hour

      Class Description

      Study Hall

      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NamePolly Gjernes
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
      Class Size1 to 14
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room2
      DescriptionStudy Hall - Please keep this one quiet if there is only one room available to us. All students who sign up for this class must remain in the classroom the entire class period. No wandering around the building. Attendance will be taken. All students must be accounted for.
      Additional InformationAll students must remain in the classroom during the entire class period. If a student is not going to be in the classroom, they need to notify the team leader.
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Guitar Lessons

      DisciplineMusic
      Age Groups1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameSpencer Hanson
      Tuition/Materials Fees$297/$0
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomLibrary
      CurriculumSyllabus is tailored to fit the learning style, musical interest, and pace that is appropriate for the individual student.
      HomeworkDaily practice (15-30 minutes or more)
      PrerequisitesNone
      MaterialsStudents will need their own instrument. Instructor is able to provide information for the purchase of a quality, beginning level instrument; needed before the start of class.
      Hal Leonard guitar method books 1-3
      Binder with Lined paper
      Tablature paper
      DescriptionAs a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
      Evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioSpencer Hanson has been playing music avidly for the last 13 years. He attended Eastern Michigan University’s School of Music, with his main instrument being the classical guitar. During his time at EMU, Spencer was a member of multiple jazz combos, where he played electric jazz guitar, as well as electric and double bass. With these jazz combos he has performed at events such as the Eastern Michigan University Regent’s Dinner, the Ann Arbor Art Fair, 5:01 Jazz in Ann Arbor, and the Michigan Jazz Festival. Spencer is also part of a local band that has played numerous shows in states across the Midwest.
      As a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
      Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      High School Credit0.5
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Voice/Piano Lessons

      DisciplineMusic
      Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Piano lessons are for all ages, K-12

      Voice lessons are for middle school and high school students.
      Instructor NameTrish Pino
      Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5 fee for music
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomSanctuary
      CurriculumVoice: Christian contemporary, musical theatre, classical music or requested titles

      Piano: Faber and Faber Piano curriculum, supplemental songs
      HomeworkPractice 15 minutes/ 5 days
      PrerequisitesVoice: a love for singing.

      Piano: an iterest in learning to play or strengthening skills on the piano.
      MaterialsVoice/Piano: $5-15 fee will be assessed by instructor if student needs to purchase a new book. Plan on one book/semester
      DescriptionLessons are available 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th. There are two openings per hour as these are 1/2 hour lessons.
      In voice, students will learn how to properly use their voice in order to strengthen and grow it in a healthy way, as well as build a personal repertoire. The goal will be to customize each lesson to the skill level of the student and focus on all aspects of performance such as diction, phrasing, stage presence, breathing, artistic expression, etc.

      For piano, students will learn proper technique at the piano, how to hold their hands and wrists, sit correctly, and how to use their fingers. They will be given exercises and songs to practice during the week which will strengthen their fingers and enforce proper techniques learned. Students will also learn to read music and basic music theory. Piano is a great starter instrument since many of the skills will translate to other instruments.

      If desired, both voice and piano students will have the opportunity to perform in the Extravaganza.

      Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioInstructor Bio
      Trish Pino earned her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from the State University of NY at Fredonia and is certified in K-12 Vocal and General Music.  She then took a one year placement as a 6th-12th grade vocal and general music teacher.  After that, she studied at Belmont University and received her Master’s of Music in Music Education with a concentration in Vocal and Secondary Education.  After receiving her Master’s degree, she taught for 5 years at Currey Ingram Academy in Nashville, TN where she was responsible for 5th-6th grade general music classes, choir, and band.  She also has over 13 years of experience as a private piano and voice teacher.  Mrs. Pino served as the Music Director at Keystone Church in Saline for 4 years and now has her own practice of private piano and voice students.  
      Additional InformationThese are 1/2 hour lessons. You will need to talk with the instructor about which half of the hour you would like. Please note: each semester the student will receive 11 lessons. On the 12th week, the student will be expected to stay in the sanctuary in order to rehearse for the Extravaganza. If your child does not participate in the Extravaganza, he/she should not plan on a lesson that week; although if the sanctuary is empty and Mrs.Pino is not required for Extravaganza rehearsals, you may be able to do some singing/piano. Additionally, there is a possibility that a fee will be assessed for an accompanist for the Extravaganza, if necessary. Typical accompanist fees vary.
      (Please note: priority enrollment for 2nd semester will be given to those enrolled during 1st semester)

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      High School Credit0.5
      Professional Class?Professional
      Class Description

      Apologia Exploring Creation with General Science

      DisciplineScience
      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)This class is for 7th-9th grade.
      Instructor NameChristie Bonk
      Second Instructor NameABC123 ABC123
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$20 materials fee
      Class Size4 to 18
      Class Length2 semester(s)
      Class Room4/5
      CurriculumApologia General Science 2nd edition by Dr. Jay Wile. Students must have the textbook and bring it with them to each class.
      HomeworkThis year in General Science we will cover the topics from Apologia General Science 2nd edition.I love doing science experiments so we'll do some hands on learning most weeks. We'll discuss the topics' do the experiments, follow up with reading and questions at home, and take short module quizzes in class. Students will need a copy of the text book.
      DescriptionThis year in General Science we will cover the topics from Apologia General Science 2nd edition. I love doing hands on science experiments so we will do some hands-on learning most weeks. We'll discuss the topics, do the experiments, follow-up with reading and questions at home, and take short module quizzes in class. Students will need a copy of the textbook.
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Piano Lessons

      DisciplineFine Arts
      Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Do not need to know how to read, just be able to recognize letter A-G and numbers 1-5
      Instructor NameRonni Brennan
      Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room106
      HomeworkRonni believes that practice is always required to grow musically, but she also knows that if a student isn't having fun with lessons and the piano, learning is likely to not happen. Practicing is highly encouraged, but she does not require "practice logs" as part of the learning process. Ronni offers rewards to motivate her students and encourages parents to offer a space for their child to practice at home. It's has been Ronni's experience that much musical material is remembered when the student is in a stress-free environment and is in a "playful mindset" while playing the piano. Practicing will happen when the student is enjoying the piano.
      MaterialsRonni uses the Bastien Piano Basics curriculum. There are four books - piano, performance, technique and theory. All levels are available. She also takes into consideration what each student enjoys playing and implements those genres of music in lessons.
      DescriptionDuring the 30 minute private lesson, students will learn musical theory, scales and performance songs. Ronni believes in providing a solid musical foundation where students learn to read music and can eventually play any song they desire, not just copy/memorize a piece or two. All skill levels are welcome. Classes are taught in a stress-free environment with an encouraging attitude and positive motivation. Each lesson is also tailored to the student's interests and abilities.

      Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioPiano has been a part of Ronni Wilson's life since she began taking lessons at the age of three. She continued lessons until she left for college where she became a certified elementary school teacher. Throughout her college career at Eastern Michigan University, she was a member of the symphonic band and marching band from 1989 to 1993. In 1990, she became Eastern Michigan University's first female Drum Major of the then EMU Marching Hurons.

      After teaching fourth grade for four years, Ronni decided to become a stay-at-home mom and teach a few piano lessons. She began with two students in 1999. She now has over 40 students and absolutely loves her job!

      Ronni has done community musical theater, plays piano and sings in her church worship band, and plays and sings with her sister at a variety of church and community functions.

      Outside of teaching, Ronni enjoys being with her family, reading, knitting, baking bread, spending time and having fun with friends and jumping rope!
      Additional InformationLessons will begin the second half of first hour (9:25 a.m.)

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      High School Credit0.5
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Violin/Voice Lessons

      DisciplineFine Arts
      Age GroupsPreschool - Three-year-olds, K4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Students age 3-6 must have a parent accompany them to the lesson. Parents of students older than 6 are also invited to sit in on the lesson if they like.
      Instructor NameKate Talo
      Tuition/Materials Fees$240/$0
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room1
      HomeworkPractice 15-30 minutes of daily practice.
      DescriptionEach lesson will be a private, weekly, 30 minute tutoring session where students will receive individualized instruction, feedback and practice on their instrument/voice. Students will benefit most if they commit to 15 - 20 (30 for older students) minutes of daily practice of assigned
      work. My goal is to create a comfortable, fun environment where students feel free to make mistakes and learn from them, hopefully avoiding too much frustration which can lead to discouragement and quitting.

      I will choose appropriate materials needed to be purchased throughout the semester and school year.
      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioI have a Bachelors Degree in Music Education and have been teaching or caring for children since
      my graduation in 1998. My experience includes, most recently, teaching private voice, violin and piano, and previously working in public and private schools as a music teacher for grades ranging from Kindergarten to 12th grade. I also have experience as
      a nanny and preschool teacher.
      Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      High School Credit0.5
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Strength and Conditioning Lab

      DisciplinePhysical Education
      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Students should be 13+ years of age
      Instructor NameTerry Brennan
      Tuition/Materials Fees$95/$0
      Class Size5 to 20
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room101
      DescriptionA challenging weekly training session combined with a short classroom segment focused on teaching the basics of proper athletic movement, nutrition, and program design.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioTerry Brennan is an Explorers dad who has spent decades training the Ann Arbor community. His company works with people in their homes to develop personalized training plans based on their unique circumstances. Terry Brennan is a CPT with decades of experience training the Ann Arbor community. He owns the Unbreakable Training Co. which offers personal training to adults and small group training for off-season student athletes. Terry is certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and is insured.
      Additional InformationTHIS IS A PROFESSIONAL CLASS. FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      High School Credit0.5
      Professional Class?Professional
      Class Description

      C.S. Lewis Book Club

      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Open to 7th grade and up.
      Instructor NameKirsten Moran
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
      Class Size4 to 12
      Class Length2 semester(s)
      Class Room30
      HomeworkTBD- Several chapters per week.
      MaterialsStudents required to acquire books. Book titles to be determined.
      DescriptionWe are going to read works by C.S. Lewis this year. we're going to read some of his other books in addition to The Chronicles of Narnia. I will email out the reading list later in the summer after the library opens again. I hope that this will be a fun class, but that will be difficult it the students don't get the books on time and read them. So, please be committed if you sign up.
      Instructor BioKirsten has been homeschooling for seven years. She loves that she has found something to do with her history degree. She loves to read, especially historical fiction.
      Class Description

      Calligraphy

      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameKrista Woon
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$45 Materials Fee
      Class Size2 to 10
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Descriptioncal·lig·ra·phy

      Decorative handwriting or handwritten lettering.
      The art of producing decorative handwriting or lettering with a pen or brush

      Join us to learn this beautiful art!

      To be purchased by instructor.
      If you already have the calligraphy pen set, your fee will be reduced.
      High School Credit1/2
      Class Description

      Film Making

      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameAnn Kueffner
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0 TBD
      Class Size2 to 8
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      DescriptionTBD


      3rd hour

      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Guitar Lessons

      DisciplineMusic
      Age Groups1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameSpencer Hanson
      Tuition/Materials Fees$297/$0
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomLibrary
      CurriculumSyllabus is tailored to fit the learning style, musical interest, and pace that is appropriate for the individual student.
      HomeworkDaily practice (15-30 minutes or more)
      PrerequisitesNone
      MaterialsStudents will need their own instrument. Instructor is able to provide information for the purchase of a quality, beginning level instrument; needed before the start of class.
      Hal Leonard guitar method books 1-3
      Binder with Lined paper
      Tablature paper
      DescriptionAs a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
      Evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioSpencer Hanson has been playing music avidly for the last 13 years. He attended Eastern Michigan University’s School of Music, with his main instrument being the classical guitar. During his time at EMU, Spencer was a member of multiple jazz combos, where he played electric jazz guitar, as well as electric and double bass. With these jazz combos he has performed at events such as the Eastern Michigan University Regent’s Dinner, the Ann Arbor Art Fair, 5:01 Jazz in Ann Arbor, and the Michigan Jazz Festival. Spencer is also part of a local band that has played numerous shows in states across the Midwest.
      As a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
      Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      High School Credit0.5
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Voice/Piano Lessons

      DisciplineMusic
      Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Piano lessons are for all ages, K-12

      Voice lessons are for middle school and high school students.
      Instructor NameTrish Pino
      Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5 fee for music
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomSanctuary
      CurriculumVoice: Christian contemporary, musical theatre, classical music or requested titles

      Piano: Faber and Faber Piano curriculum, supplemental songs
      HomeworkPractice 15 minutes/ 5 days
      PrerequisitesVoice: a love for singing.

      Piano: an iterest in learning to play or strengthening skills on the piano.
      MaterialsVoice/Piano: $5-15 fee will be assessed by instructor if student needs to purchase a new book. Plan on one book/semester
      DescriptionLessons are available 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th. There are two openings per hour as these are 1/2 hour lessons.
      In voice, students will learn how to properly use their voice in order to strengthen and grow it in a healthy way, as well as build a personal repertoire. The goal will be to customize each lesson to the skill level of the student and focus on all aspects of performance such as diction, phrasing, stage presence, breathing, artistic expression, etc.

      For piano, students will learn proper technique at the piano, how to hold their hands and wrists, sit correctly, and how to use their fingers. They will be given exercises and songs to practice during the week which will strengthen their fingers and enforce proper techniques learned. Students will also learn to read music and basic music theory. Piano is a great starter instrument since many of the skills will translate to other instruments.

      If desired, both voice and piano students will have the opportunity to perform in the Extravaganza.

      Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioInstructor Bio
      Trish Pino earned her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from the State University of NY at Fredonia and is certified in K-12 Vocal and General Music.  She then took a one year placement as a 6th-12th grade vocal and general music teacher.  After that, she studied at Belmont University and received her Master’s of Music in Music Education with a concentration in Vocal and Secondary Education.  After receiving her Master’s degree, she taught for 5 years at Currey Ingram Academy in Nashville, TN where she was responsible for 5th-6th grade general music classes, choir, and band.  She also has over 13 years of experience as a private piano and voice teacher.  Mrs. Pino served as the Music Director at Keystone Church in Saline for 4 years and now has her own practice of private piano and voice students.  
      Additional InformationThese are 1/2 hour lessons. You will need to talk with the instructor about which half of the hour you would like. Please note: each semester the student will receive 11 lessons. On the 12th week, the student will be expected to stay in the sanctuary in order to rehearse for the Extravaganza. If your child does not participate in the Extravaganza, he/she should not plan on a lesson that week; although if the sanctuary is empty and Mrs.Pino is not required for Extravaganza rehearsals, you may be able to do some singing/piano. Additionally, there is a possibility that a fee will be assessed for an accompanist for the Extravaganza, if necessary. Typical accompanist fees vary.
      (Please note: priority enrollment for 2nd semester will be given to those enrolled during 1st semester)

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      High School Credit0.5
      Professional Class?Professional
      Class Description

      Study Hall

      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NamePolly Gjernes
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
      Class Size1 to 14
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room2
      DescriptionStudy Hall - Please keep this one quiet if there is only one room available to us. All students who sign up for this class must remain in the classroom the entire class period. No wandering around the building. Attendance will be taken. All students must be accounted for.
      Additional InformationAll students must remain in the classroom during the entire class period. If a student is not going to be in the classroom, they need to notify the team leader.
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Piano Lessons

      DisciplineFine Arts
      Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Do not need to know how to read, just be able to recognize letter A-G and numbers 1-5
      Instructor NameRonni Brennan
      Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room106
      HomeworkRonni believes that practice is always required to grow musically, but she also knows that if a student isn't having fun with lessons and the piano, learning is likely to not happen. Practicing is highly encouraged, but she does not require "practice logs" as part of the learning process. Ronni offers rewards to motivate her students and encourages parents to offer a space for their child to practice at home. It's has been Ronni's experience that much musical material is remembered when the student is in a stress-free environment and is in a "playful mindset" while playing the piano. Practicing will happen when the student is enjoying the piano.
      MaterialsRonni uses the Bastien Piano Basics curriculum. There are four books - piano, performance, technique and theory. All levels are available. She also takes into consideration what each student enjoys playing and implements those genres of music in lessons.
      DescriptionDuring the 30 minute private lesson, students will learn musical theory, scales and performance songs. Ronni believes in providing a solid musical foundation where students learn to read music and can eventually play any song they desire, not just copy/memorize a piece or two. All skill levels are welcome. Classes are taught in a stress-free environment with an encouraging attitude and positive motivation. Each lesson is also tailored to the student's interests and abilities.

      Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioPiano has been a part of Ronni Wilson's life since she began taking lessons at the age of three. She continued lessons until she left for college where she became a certified elementary school teacher. Throughout her college career at Eastern Michigan University, she was a member of the symphonic band and marching band from 1989 to 1993. In 1990, she became Eastern Michigan University's first female Drum Major of the then EMU Marching Hurons.

      After teaching fourth grade for four years, Ronni decided to become a stay-at-home mom and teach a few piano lessons. She began with two students in 1999. She now has over 40 students and absolutely loves her job!

      Ronni has done community musical theater, plays piano and sings in her church worship band, and plays and sings with her sister at a variety of church and community functions.

      Outside of teaching, Ronni enjoys being with her family, reading, knitting, baking bread, spending time and having fun with friends and jumping rope!
      Additional InformationLessons will begin the second half of first hour (9:25 a.m.)

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      High School Credit0.5
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Violin/Voice Lessons

      DisciplineFine Arts
      Age GroupsPreschool - Three-year-olds, K4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Students age 3-6 must have a parent accompany them to the lesson. Parents of students older than 6 are also invited to sit in on the lesson if they like.
      Instructor NameKate Talo
      Tuition/Materials Fees$240/$0
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room1
      HomeworkPractice 15-30 minutes of daily practice.
      DescriptionEach lesson will be a private, weekly, 30 minute tutoring session where students will receive individualized instruction, feedback and practice on their instrument/voice. Students will benefit most if they commit to 15 - 20 (30 for older students) minutes of daily practice of assigned
      work. My goal is to create a comfortable, fun environment where students feel free to make mistakes and learn from them, hopefully avoiding too much frustration which can lead to discouragement and quitting.

      I will choose appropriate materials needed to be purchased throughout the semester and school year.
      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioI have a Bachelors Degree in Music Education and have been teaching or caring for children since
      my graduation in 1998. My experience includes, most recently, teaching private voice, violin and piano, and previously working in public and private schools as a music teacher for grades ranging from Kindergarten to 12th grade. I also have experience as
      a nanny and preschool teacher.
      Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      High School Credit0.5
      Professional Class?Professional
      Class Description

      Middle School Writing

      Age Groups7th/8th Grade
      Age (Notes)6th-8th grade
      Instructor NameABC123 ABC123
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
      Class Size4 to 10
      Class Length2 semester(s)
      Class Room10/11
      HomeworkStudents will need to do homework: reading, writing, and rewriting for an age-appropriate amount of time each week.
      MaterialsThere will most likely be a student workbook that will need to be purchased.
      DescriptionThis will be a literature-based writing class for 6th-8th grade. Over the summer, I will contact parents to assess the skill-level and needs of students in order to choose the most helpful curriculum and offer an individualized approach.
      Class Description

      Cartooning Basics

      Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade
      Instructor NameCory Hinman
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$25
      Class Size2 to 10
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room30
      DescriptionIn Cartooning Basics, we will learn basic perspective and figure sketching. Especial focus will be placed on comic book "story-telling'; how we make the the choices that cause the small individual frames ("panels") on a typical comic page to "flow" from one to the next in an interesting, even exciting manner. Students are encouraged to bring their favorite comics/graphic novels to class for discussion, otherwise materials provided.
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Arduino Basics

      DisciplineComputer science
      Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Probaby for about 6th grade on up
      Instructor NameKatie Tilton
      Tuition/Materials Fees$85/$40
      Class Size8 to 14
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      MaterialsStudents use laptops, arduino boards and electronics components.
      DescriptionThe Arduino platform is an open-source computer hardware/software platform used by artists,
      designers, students and anyone interested in making something interact with the world around
      them! Automatic pet feeding machines, houseplants that can Tweet and much more can be
      created using an Arduino!
      In this class, students will learn some Arduino basics which will allow them to build and program
      projects using sensors, C code and other hands-on electronic components. Join us and learn to
      program and make your electronics come alive with Arduino!
      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioKatie Tilton is the owner of the educational company Brain Monkeys.  She has a B.A. from Hollins College and a teaching certificate from Adrian College.  Katie has been teaching for over 10 years throughout southeastern Michigan and offers classes both in and out of the traditional school setting but enjoys working with homeschool students the most! Brain Monkeys Academy and Katie can be found at www.BrainMonkeys.com.
      Additional InformationTHIS IS A PROFESSIONAL CLASS. FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      High School Credit0.5
      Professional Class?Professional


      4th hour

      Class Description

      Study Hall

      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NamePolly Gjernes
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
      Class Size1 to 14
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room2
      DescriptionStudy Hall - Please keep this one quiet if there is only one room available to us. All students who sign up for this class must remain in the classroom the entire class period. No wandering around the building. Attendance will be taken. All students must be accounted for.
      Additional InformationAll students must remain in the classroom during the entire class period. If a student is not going to be in the classroom, they need to notify the team leader, Linda Hall.
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Guitar Lessons

      DisciplineMusic
      Age Groups1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameSpencer Hanson
      Tuition/Materials Fees$297/$0
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomLibrary
      CurriculumSyllabus is tailored to fit the learning style, musical interest, and pace that is appropriate for the individual student.
      HomeworkDaily practice (15-30 minutes or more)
      PrerequisitesNone
      MaterialsStudents will need their own instrument. Instructor is able to provide information for the purchase of a quality, beginning level instrument; needed before the start of class.
      Hal Leonard guitar method books 1-3
      Binder with Lined paper
      Tablature paper
      DescriptionAs a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
      Evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioSpencer Hanson has been playing music avidly for the last 13 years. He attended Eastern Michigan University’s School of Music, with his main instrument being the classical guitar. During his time at EMU, Spencer was a member of multiple jazz combos, where he played electric jazz guitar, as well as electric and double bass. With these jazz combos he has performed at events such as the Eastern Michigan University Regent’s Dinner, the Ann Arbor Art Fair, 5:01 Jazz in Ann Arbor, and the Michigan Jazz Festival. Spencer is also part of a local band that has played numerous shows in states across the Midwest.
      As a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
      Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      High School Credit0.5
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Voice/Piano Lessons

      DisciplineMusic
      Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Piano lessons are for all ages, K-12

      Voice lessons are for middle school and high school students.
      Instructor NameTrish Pino
      Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5 fee for music
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomSanctuary
      CurriculumVoice: Christian contemporary, musical theatre, classical music or requested titles

      Piano: Faber and Faber Piano curriculum, supplemental songs
      HomeworkPractice 15 minutes/ 5 days
      PrerequisitesVoice: a love for singing.

      Piano: an iterest in learning to play or strengthening skills on the piano.
      MaterialsVoice/Piano: $5-15 fee will be assessed by instructor if student needs to purchase a new book. Plan on one book/semester
      DescriptionLessons are available 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th. There are two openings per hour as these are 1/2 hour lessons.
      In voice, students will learn how to properly use their voice in order to strengthen and grow it in a healthy way, as well as build a personal repertoire. The goal will be to customize each lesson to the skill level of the student and focus on all aspects of performance such as diction, phrasing, stage presence, breathing, artistic expression, etc.

      For piano, students will learn proper technique at the piano, how to hold their hands and wrists, sit correctly, and how to use their fingers. They will be given exercises and songs to practice during the week which will strengthen their fingers and enforce proper techniques learned. Students will also learn to read music and basic music theory. Piano is a great starter instrument since many of the skills will translate to other instruments.

      If desired, both voice and piano students will have the opportunity to perform in the Extravaganza.

      Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioInstructor Bio
      Trish Pino earned her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from the State University of NY at Fredonia and is certified in K-12 Vocal and General Music.  She then took a one year placement as a 6th-12th grade vocal and general music teacher.  After that, she studied at Belmont University and received her Master’s of Music in Music Education with a concentration in Vocal and Secondary Education.  After receiving her Master’s degree, she taught for 5 years at Currey Ingram Academy in Nashville, TN where she was responsible for 5th-6th grade general music classes, choir, and band.  She also has over 13 years of experience as a private piano and voice teacher.  Mrs. Pino served as the Music Director at Keystone Church in Saline for 4 years and now has her own practice of private piano and voice students.  
      Additional InformationThese are 1/2 hour lessons. You will need to talk with the instructor about which half of the hour you would like. Please note: each semester the student will receive 11 lessons. On the 12th week, the student will be expected to stay in the sanctuary in order to rehearse for the Extravaganza. If your child does not participate in the Extravaganza, he/she should not plan on a lesson that week; although if the sanctuary is empty and Mrs.Pino is not required for Extravaganza rehearsals, you may be able to do some singing/piano. Additionally, there is a possibility that a fee will be assessed for an accompanist for the Extravaganza, if necessary. Typical accompanist fees vary.
      (Please note: priority enrollment for 2nd semester will be given to those enrolled during 1st semester)

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      High School Credit0.5
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Piano Lessons

      DisciplineFine Arts
      Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Do not need to know how to read, just be able to recognize letter A-G and numbers 1-5
      Instructor NameRonni Brennan
      Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room106
      HomeworkRonni believes that practice is always required to grow musically, but she also knows that if a student isn't having fun with lessons and the piano, learning is likely to not happen. Practicing is highly encouraged, but she does not require "practice logs" as part of the learning process. Ronni offers rewards to motivate her students and encourages parents to offer a space for their child to practice at home. It's has been Ronni's experience that much musical material is remembered when the student is in a stress-free environment and is in a "playful mindset" while playing the piano. Practicing will happen when the student is enjoying the piano.
      MaterialsRonni uses the Bastien Piano Basics curriculum. There are four books - piano, performance, technique and theory. All levels are available. She also takes into consideration what each student enjoys playing and implements those genres of music in lessons.
      DescriptionDuring the 30 minute private lesson, students will learn musical theory, scales and performance songs. Ronni believes in providing a solid musical foundation where students learn to read music and can eventually play any song they desire, not just copy/memorize a piece or two. All skill levels are welcome. Classes are taught in a stress-free environment with an encouraging attitude and positive motivation. Each lesson is also tailored to the student's interests and abilities.

      Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioPiano has been a part of Ronni Wilson's life since she began taking lessons at the age of three. She continued lessons until she left for college where she became a certified elementary school teacher. Throughout her college career at Eastern Michigan University, she was a member of the symphonic band and marching band from 1989 to 1993. In 1990, she became Eastern Michigan University's first female Drum Major of the then EMU Marching Hurons.

      After teaching fourth grade for four years, Ronni decided to become a stay-at-home mom and teach a few piano lessons. She began with two students in 1999. She now has over 40 students and absolutely loves her job!

      Ronni has done community musical theater, plays piano and sings in her church worship band, and plays and sings with her sister at a variety of church and community functions.

      Outside of teaching, Ronni enjoys being with her family, reading, knitting, baking bread, spending time and having fun with friends and jumping rope!
      Additional InformationLessons will begin the second half of first hour (9:25 a.m.)

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      High School Credit0.5
      Professional Class?Professional
      Class Description

      MS Theatre – Acting

      DisciplinePerforming Arts
      Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade
      Age (Notes)This class is for 6th-8th grade.
      Instructor NameAnna Valaskova
      Second Instructor NamePolly Gjernes
      Tuition/Materials Fees$75/$0 A $75 fee will be charged 2nd semester also.
      Class Size10 to 15
      Class Length2 semester(s)
      Class Room22/34
      HomeworkThis class culminates in a performance outside regular Explorers term. There will also be Friday afternoon rehearsals during the 2nd term. Students will be required to commit to all extra rehearsals and performances. Students must spend time outside of class learning material. Students, as well as parents, will be required to assist in the technical aspects of the production as well as 5-8 fundraising events throughout the year.
      DescriptionDuring the first term, students will develop their age appropriate skills in acting and dramatic literature interpretation. We will also be choosing the 1 act and holding auditions. Roles will be assigned and rehearsal will begin during 2nd term. Public performances are tentatively set for May 2021.
      Instructor BioAnna has extensive experience and education in both adult and children’s theatre – directing, designing and acting; as well as teaching classes for all ages. After earning a Master of Fine Arts at EMU in Children’s Theatre, Anna directed a children’s theatre program in Salina, KS. Anna has directed and taught at every level, including university. Children have a unique talent for ‘playing’ and acting is just guiding that talent to a specific story.
      Additional InformationParents of participants will be required to participate in 5-8 fundraising events; 2 parent meetings; production work of approximately 20-30 hours over the course of the year; a production week assignment; and with set building, move-in and strike.
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      A Stitch In Time

      DisciplineLife Skills
      Age Groups3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Your student should have the dexterity to learn these movements.
      Instructor NamePatti Cousino
      Tuition/Materials Fees$25/$0
      Class Size4 to 12
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room27
      HomeworkEach student will want to practice their craft at home to complete their projects
      MaterialsNeedles and yarn
      DescriptionThis is a simple class, maybe more like a club. I will teach some simple knitting techniques and help with any helps that you need. If you want to learn to crochet, then I can also do that. We will have fun. There will be time for talk, and laughter, and maybe some tea and cookies.
      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Additional InformationTHIS IS A PROFESSIONAL CLASS. FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      High School Credit0.5
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Intro to Computer Science

      DisciplineComputer Science
      Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)5th grade on up
      Instructor NameKatie Tilton
      Tuition/Materials Fees$85/$40
      Class Size8 to 12
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      DescriptionIn this course students will be using the the micro:bit board. The micro:bit was created in 2015
      in the UK by the BBC to teach computer science to students. The BBC gave away a micro:bit to
      every Year 7 student in the UK. You can think of a micro:bit as a mini computer.
      Learning about computer science using the micro:bit is a great way to learn about variables,
      arrays, algorithms and bits, bytes and binary. Come create, make and learn about computer
      science in this hands on course!
      PROFESSIONAL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioKatie Tilton is the owner of the educational company Brain Monkeys.  She has a B.A. from Hollins College and a teaching certificate from Adrian College.  Katie has been teaching for over 10 years throughout southeastern Michigan and offers classes both in and out of the traditional school setting but enjoys working with homeschool students the most! Brain Monkeys Academy and Katie can be found at www.BrainMonkeys.com.
      Additional InformationTHIS IS A PROFESSIONAL CLASS. FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      High School Credit0.5
      Professional Class?Professional
      Class Description

      STEAM

      Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Teams will be formed utilizing older/ younger student mentoring.
      Instructor NameAmy Parrish
      Second Instructor NameMarie Skrobola
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$20
      Class Size2 to 10
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      DescriptionIn this class, students will work in teams or groups to do projects that incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.


      5th hour

      Class Description

      Study Hall

      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NamePolly Gjernes
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
      Class Size1 to 14
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room2
      DescriptionStudy Hall - Please keep this one quiet if there is only one room available to us. All students who sign up for this class must remain in the classroom the entire class period. No wandering around the building. Attendance will be taken. All students must be accounted for.
      Additional InformationAll students must remain in the classroom during the entire class period. If a student is not going to be in the classroom, they need to notify the team leader.
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Guitar Lessons

      DisciplineMusic
      Age Groups1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameSpencer Hanson
      Tuition/Materials Fees$297/$0
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomLibrary
      CurriculumSyllabus is tailored to fit the learning style, musical interest, and pace that is appropriate for the individual student.
      HomeworkDaily practice (15-30 minutes or more)
      PrerequisitesNone
      MaterialsStudents will need their own instrument. Instructor is able to provide information for the purchase of a quality, beginning level instrument; needed before the start of class.
      Hal Leonard guitar method books 1-3
      Binder with Lined paper
      Tablature paper
      DescriptionAs a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
      Evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioSpencer Hanson has been playing music avidly for the last 13 years. He attended Eastern Michigan University’s School of Music, with his main instrument being the classical guitar. During his time at EMU, Spencer was a member of multiple jazz combos, where he played electric jazz guitar, as well as electric and double bass. With these jazz combos he has performed at events such as the Eastern Michigan University Regent’s Dinner, the Ann Arbor Art Fair, 5:01 Jazz in Ann Arbor, and the Michigan Jazz Festival. Spencer is also part of a local band that has played numerous shows in states across the Midwest.
      As a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
      Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      High School Credit0.5
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Voice/Piano Lessons

      DisciplineMusic
      Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Piano lessons are for all ages, K-12

      Voice lessons are for middle school and high school students.
      Instructor NameTrish Pino
      Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5 fee for music
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomSanctuary
      CurriculumVoice: Christian contemporary, musical theatre, classical music or requested titles

      Piano: Faber and Faber Piano curriculum, supplemental songs
      HomeworkPractice 15 minutes/ 5 days
      PrerequisitesVoice: a love for singing.

      Piano: an iterest in learning to play or strengthening skills on the piano.
      MaterialsVoice/Piano: $5-15 fee will be assessed by instructor if student needs to purchase a new book. Plan on one book/semester
      DescriptionLessons are available 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th. There are two openings per hour as these are 1/2 hour lessons.
      In voice, students will learn how to properly use their voice in order to strengthen and grow it in a healthy way, as well as build a personal repertoire. The goal will be to customize each lesson to the skill level of the student and focus on all aspects of performance such as diction, phrasing, stage presence, breathing, artistic expression, etc.

      For piano, students will learn proper technique at the piano, how to hold their hands and wrists, sit correctly, and how to use their fingers. They will be given exercises and songs to practice during the week which will strengthen their fingers and enforce proper techniques learned. Students will also learn to read music and basic music theory. Piano is a great starter instrument since many of the skills will translate to other instruments.

      If desired, both voice and piano students will have the opportunity to perform in the Extravaganza.

      Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioInstructor Bio
      Trish Pino earned her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from the State University of NY at Fredonia and is certified in K-12 Vocal and General Music.  She then took a one year placement as a 6th-12th grade vocal and general music teacher.  After that, she studied at Belmont University and received her Master’s of Music in Music Education with a concentration in Vocal and Secondary Education.  After receiving her Master’s degree, she taught for 5 years at Currey Ingram Academy in Nashville, TN where she was responsible for 5th-6th grade general music classes, choir, and band.  She also has over 13 years of experience as a private piano and voice teacher.  Mrs. Pino served as the Music Director at Keystone Church in Saline for 4 years and now has her own practice of private piano and voice students.  
      Additional InformationThese are 1/2 hour lessons. You will need to talk with the instructor about which half of the hour you would like. Please note: each semester the student will receive 11 lessons. On the 12th week, the student will be expected to stay in the sanctuary in order to rehearse for the Extravaganza. If your child does not participate in the Extravaganza, he/she should not plan on a lesson that week; although if the sanctuary is empty and Mrs.Pino is not required for Extravaganza rehearsals, you may be able to do some singing/piano. Additionally, there is a possibility that a fee will be assessed for an accompanist for the Extravaganza, if necessary. Typical accompanist fees vary.
      (Please note: priority enrollment for 2nd semester will be given to those enrolled during 1st semester)

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      High School Credit0.5
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Piano Lessons

      DisciplineFine Arts
      Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Do not need to know how to read, just be able to recognize letter A-G and numbers 1-5
      Instructor NameRonni Brennan
      Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room106
      HomeworkRonni believes that practice is always required to grow musically, but she also knows that if a student isn't having fun with lessons and the piano, learning is likely to not happen. Practicing is highly encouraged, but she does not require "practice logs" as part of the learning process. Ronni offers rewards to motivate her students and encourages parents to offer a space for their child to practice at home. It's has been Ronni's experience that much musical material is remembered when the student is in a stress-free environment and is in a "playful mindset" while playing the piano. Practicing will happen when the student is enjoying the piano.
      MaterialsRonni uses the Bastien Piano Basics curriculum. There are four books - piano, performance, technique and theory. All levels are available. She also takes into consideration what each student enjoys playing and implements those genres of music in lessons.
      DescriptionDuring the 30 minute private lesson, students will learn musical theory, scales and performance songs. Ronni believes in providing a solid musical foundation where students learn to read music and can eventually play any song they desire, not just copy/memorize a piece or two. All skill levels are welcome. Classes are taught in a stress-free environment with an encouraging attitude and positive motivation. Each lesson is also tailored to the student's interests and abilities.

      Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioPiano has been a part of Ronni Wilson's life since she began taking lessons at the age of three. She continued lessons until she left for college where she became a certified elementary school teacher. Throughout her college career at Eastern Michigan University, she was a member of the symphonic band and marching band from 1989 to 1993. In 1990, she became Eastern Michigan University's first female Drum Major of the then EMU Marching Hurons.

      After teaching fourth grade for four years, Ronni decided to become a stay-at-home mom and teach a few piano lessons. She began with two students in 1999. She now has over 40 students and absolutely loves her job!

      Ronni has done community musical theater, plays piano and sings in her church worship band, and plays and sings with her sister at a variety of church and community functions.

      Outside of teaching, Ronni enjoys being with her family, reading, knitting, baking bread, spending time and having fun with friends and jumping rope!
      Additional InformationLessons will begin the second half of first hour (9:25 a.m.)

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      High School Credit0.5
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      MS/HS Woodworking

      DisciplineArts
      Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes).
      Instructor NameCatherine Donahue
      Tuition/Materials Fees$65/$30
      Class Size4 to 12
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room24/35
      HomeworkNone.
      PrerequisitesNone.
      MaterialsSafety glasses are required. A work apron is recommended.
      DescriptionThis woodworking class is for MS/HS students who enjoy "hands-on" creating. The students will learn about wood and woodworking tools from basic, interesting hand tools to typical power tools. They will gain skills and improve techniques as they work to complete various projects of interest. Whether a student has some experience or is new to woodworking, students of all levels will enjoy working at their own pace developing a life-long appreciation of creating something of your own.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
      Instructor BioGrowing up the daughter of a "jack-of-all-trades," Cathy Donahue's father gave her an incredible foundation for endeavors of all kinds, including her love for building with wood. Cathy Donahue home schooled their son from kindergarten thru 12th grade, after which he went on for his university degree. Mrs. Donahue has taught in a variety of settings to ages ranging from early childhood thru high school. Through experience and a BA in Counseling/Psychology, she has gained understanding in the learning abilities of all ages. Desiring the Word of God as her foundation in life, she obtained a second major in Theology and double-minored in Speech Communication and Childhood Development.
      Additional InformationTHIS IS A PROFESSIONAL CLASS. FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.

      High School Credit0.5
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      A Great Books Club-Ancient Literature

      DisciplineLiterature
      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Your 7th or 8th grade student should be able to handle a high school level reading pace.
      Instructor NamePatti Cousino
      Tuition/Materials Fees$50/$10 copies
      Class Size4 to 8
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room27
      HomeworkWeekly reading assignments will be given, and are required in order to discuss them. I will look to see if some or all of them are available audibly.
      DescriptionThis class is an opportunity to read some great book selections and discuss them during class. When we discuss great books with one another we gain insights that we do not gain when we read them on our own!

      I try to make sure that the books are also available audibly to those who love listening to books, as I do. I will try to make sure that the length of the reading selections are short enough to be read within the week, but will challenge the students.
      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Additional InformationTHIS IS A PROFESSIONAL CLASS. FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      High School Credit.5
      Professional Class?Professional
      Class Description

      Art Lab

      DisciplineVisual Arts/Art History
      Age Groups3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade
      Age (Notes)This class is for 8-14.
      Instructor NameCindy Remski
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$15 materials
      Class Size3 to 12
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room10/11
      DescriptionDo you like to paint and draw? Join us for ​Art Lab,​ where creating a great piece of art is easy and fun. Using simple, step-by-step lessons from the books ​Art Lab for Kids ​by Susan Schwake, ​Draw Paint Sparkle ​by Patty Palmer​, h​ ttp://www.paintedpaperart.com/​, ​and other popular sources, students will complete a different project each week. Themes will include seasons, holidays, animals, sea life, history, travel, nature, and more. The class will be using a variety of mixed media such as watercolors, oil pastels, chalks, and acrylics, and tempera paints to make collages, folk art, pop art, doodles, and other creative pictures. We will also recreate mini masterpieces by famous artists and learn some fun facts about the artists’ too.
      Additional InformationCindy has been teaching arts and crafts and various YS classes to elementary students at Explorers for the past five years. Shes a mom of six including one with special needs, has been homeschooling for twenty years, and has a BS degree from Madonna University. In her free time, she enjoys watercolor painting, art journaling, and sewing. She also likes spending time with family and friends, her dog, and three bunnies.
      Class Description

      Logic: The Art of Argument

      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)7th and up
      Instructor NameKirsten Moran
      Second Instructor NameABC123 ABC123
      Tuition/Materials Fees$40/$0 See additional info below
      Class Size5 to 12
      Class Length2 semester(s)
      HomeworkThe class fee includes the teaching materials and a workbook for each student. There will be assignments in the workbook every week of reading and short answer, written response. There will be chapter and unit quizzes and possibly a year-end writing assignment.
      DescriptionIn this class we will study informal logic using The Art of Argument by Classical Academic Press. We will have fun whilw mastering 28 logical falacies. Logic is a foundational subject that will strengthen the learning of future subjects. The study of informal logic teaches us how to filter good and bad reasoning and helps improve writing and speaking. Informal logic sets the stage for a study of formal logic next year.
      Instructor BioKirsten has been homeschooling for seven years. She loves that she has found something to do with her history degree. She loves to read, especially historical fiction.
      Additional Information$40 cost is for the whole year. Cost would be less if more students sign up.
      Class Description

      Film Making

      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameAnn Kueffner
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0 TBD
      Class Size2 to 8
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      DescriptionTBD


      6th hour

      Class Description

      Study Hall

      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NamePolly Gjernes
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
      Class Size1 to 14
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room2
      DescriptionStudy Hall - Please keep this one quiet if there is only one room available to us. All students who sign up for this class must remain in the classroom the entire class period. No wandering around the building. Attendance will be taken. All students must be accounted for.
      Additional InformationAll students must remain in the classroom during the entire class period. If a student is not going to be in the classroom, they need to notify the team leader, Linda Hall.
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Voice/Piano Lessons

      DisciplineMusic
      Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Piano lessons are for all ages, K-12

      Voice lessons are for middle school and high school students.
      Instructor NameTrish Pino
      Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5 fee for music
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomSanctuary
      CurriculumVoice: Christian contemporary, musical theatre, classical music or requested titles

      Piano: Faber and Faber Piano curriculum, supplemental songs
      HomeworkPractice 15 minutes/ 5 days
      PrerequisitesVoice: a love for singing.

      Piano: an iterest in learning to play or strengthening skills on the piano.
      MaterialsVoice/Piano: $5-15 fee will be assessed by instructor if student needs to purchase a new book. Plan on one book/semester
      DescriptionLessons are available 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th. There are two openings per hour as these are 1/2 hour lessons.
      In voice, students will learn how to properly use their voice in order to strengthen and grow it in a healthy way, as well as build a personal repertoire. The goal will be to customize each lesson to the skill level of the student and focus on all aspects of performance such as diction, phrasing, stage presence, breathing, artistic expression, etc.

      For piano, students will learn proper technique at the piano, how to hold their hands and wrists, sit correctly, and how to use their fingers. They will be given exercises and songs to practice during the week which will strengthen their fingers and enforce proper techniques learned. Students will also learn to read music and basic music theory. Piano is a great starter instrument since many of the skills will translate to other instruments.

      If desired, both voice and piano students will have the opportunity to perform in the Extravaganza.

      Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioInstructor Bio
      Trish Pino earned her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from the State University of NY at Fredonia and is certified in K-12 Vocal and General Music.  She then took a one year placement as a 6th-12th grade vocal and general music teacher.  After that, she studied at Belmont University and received her Master’s of Music in Music Education with a concentration in Vocal and Secondary Education.  After receiving her Master’s degree, she taught for 5 years at Currey Ingram Academy in Nashville, TN where she was responsible for 5th-6th grade general music classes, choir, and band.  She also has over 13 years of experience as a private piano and voice teacher.  Mrs. Pino served as the Music Director at Keystone Church in Saline for 4 years and now has her own practice of private piano and voice students.  
      Additional InformationThese are 1/2 hour lessons. You will need to talk with the instructor about which half of the hour you would like. Please note: each semester the student will receive 11 lessons. On the 12th week, the student will be expected to stay in the sanctuary in order to rehearse for the Extravaganza. If your child does not participate in the Extravaganza, he/she should not plan on a lesson that week; although if the sanctuary is empty and Mrs.Pino is not required for Extravaganza rehearsals, you may be able to do some singing/piano. Additionally, there is a possibility that a fee will be assessed for an accompanist for the Extravaganza, if necessary. Typical accompanist fees vary.
      (Please note: priority enrollment for 2nd semester will be given to those enrolled during 1st semester)

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      High School Credit0.5
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Piano Lessons

      DisciplineFine Arts
      Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Do not need to know how to read, just be able to recognize letter A-G and numbers 1-5
      Instructor NameRonni Brennan
      Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room106
      HomeworkRonni believes that practice is always required to grow musically, but she also knows that if a student isn't having fun with lessons and the piano, learning is likely to not happen. Practicing is highly encouraged, but she does not require "practice logs" as part of the learning process. Ronni offers rewards to motivate her students and encourages parents to offer a space for their child to practice at home. It's has been Ronni's experience that much musical material is remembered when the student is in a stress-free environment and is in a "playful mindset" while playing the piano. Practicing will happen when the student is enjoying the piano.
      MaterialsRonni uses the Bastien Piano Basics curriculum. There are four books - piano, performance, technique and theory. All levels are available. She also takes into consideration what each student enjoys playing and implements those genres of music in lessons.
      DescriptionDuring the 30 minute private lesson, students will learn musical theory, scales and performance songs. Ronni believes in providing a solid musical foundation where students learn to read music and can eventually play any song they desire, not just copy/memorize a piece or two. All skill levels are welcome. Classes are taught in a stress-free environment with an encouraging attitude and positive motivation. Each lesson is also tailored to the student's interests and abilities.

      Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioPiano has been a part of Ronni Wilson's life since she began taking lessons at the age of three. She continued lessons until she left for college where she became a certified elementary school teacher. Throughout her college career at Eastern Michigan University, she was a member of the symphonic band and marching band from 1989 to 1993. In 1990, she became Eastern Michigan University's first female Drum Major of the then EMU Marching Hurons.

      After teaching fourth grade for four years, Ronni decided to become a stay-at-home mom and teach a few piano lessons. She began with two students in 1999. She now has over 40 students and absolutely loves her job!

      Ronni has done community musical theater, plays piano and sings in her church worship band, and plays and sings with her sister at a variety of church and community functions.

      Outside of teaching, Ronni enjoys being with her family, reading, knitting, baking bread, spending time and having fun with friends and jumping rope!
      Additional InformationLessons will begin the second half of first hour (9:25 a.m.)

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      High School Credit0.5
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      MS/HS Woodworking

      DisciplineArts
      Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes).
      Instructor NameCatherine Donahue
      Tuition/Materials Fees$65/$30
      Class Size4 to 12
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room24/35
      HomeworkNone.
      PrerequisitesNone.
      MaterialsSafety glasses are required. A work apron is recommended.
      DescriptionThis woodworking class is for MS/HS students who enjoy "hands-on" creating. The students will learn about wood and woodworking tools from basic, interesting hand tools to typical power tools. They will gain skills and improve techniques as they work to complete various projects of interest. Whether a student has some experience or is new to woodworking, students of all levels will enjoy working at their own pace developing a life-long appreciation of creating something of your own.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
      Instructor BioGrowing up the daughter of a "jack-of-all-trades," Cathy Donahue's father gave her an incredible foundation for endeavors of all kinds, including her love for building with wood. Cathy Donahue home schooled their son from kindergarten thru 12th grade, after which he went on for his university degree. Mrs. Donahue has taught in a variety of settings to ages ranging from early childhood thru high school. Through experience and a BA in Counseling/Psychology, she has gained understanding in the learning abilities of all ages. Desiring the Word of God as her foundation in life, she obtained a second major in Theology and double-minored in Speech Communication and Childhood Development.
      Additional InformationTHIS IS A PROFESSIONAL CLASS. FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.

      High School Credit0.5
      Professional Class?Professional
      Class Description

      Strategic Gaming

      DisciplineLife Skills
      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)6th grade and up
      Instructor NameABC123 ABC123
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
      Class Size4 to 18
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room104/105
      DescriptionWork through the strategy of games like Risk, Stratego, Chess, Ticket to Ride, Dragonwood, Rush Hour, Blokus, Sequence, and many more. This class will be fun and encourage strategic thinking. We also aim to provide a time for our Explorers students to enjoy game time together.
      This semester we may have guest instructors to teach different games and strategies.
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      A Great Books Club-Ancient Literature

      DisciplineLiterature
      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Your 7th or 8th grade student should be able to handle a high school level reading pace.
      Instructor NamePatti Cousino
      Tuition/Materials Fees$50/$10 copies
      Class Size4 to 8
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room27
      HomeworkWeekly reading assignments will be given, and are required in order to discuss them. I will look to see if some or all of them are available audibly.
      DescriptionThis class is an opportunity to read some great book selections and discuss them during class. When we discuss great books with one another we gain insights that we do not gain when we read them on our own!

      I try to make sure that the books are also available audibly to those who love listening to books, as I do. I will try to make sure that the length of the reading selections are short enough to be read within the week, but will challenge the students.
      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Additional InformationTHIS IS A PROFESSIONAL CLASS. FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      High School Credit.5
      Professional Class?Professional
      Class Description

      Ancient History

      DisciplineHistory
      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)7th-10th Grades
      Instructor NameBonnie Godbey-Potter
      Second Instructor NameABC123 ABC123
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$10 The class fee will be nominal to cover the Teachers Manual along with some photocopies.
      Class Size4 to 12
      Class Length2 semester(s)
      CurriculumThe required books are on many different websites for purchase. The most reasonable prices i found were on the following website, Christianbook.com. It is on this site that I noticed each book to be discounted to around $15 each.
      MaterialsThe Book of the Ancient World by Dorothy Mills
      The book of the Ancient World accompanied study guide.
      DescriptionWe will be learning Ancient History using The Book of the Ancient World by Dorothy Mills. There ia also an accompanying study guide which will be required. I will be supplementing the lessons with maps and age appropriate literature written in the time periods we will be focusing on.
      I am looking forward to another successful year at Explorers and hope to see you in class!
      Additional InformationYou may want to know a little bit more about the author. I found her life fascinating! https://ladydorothymills.com
      High School Credit1
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Gym

      DisciplinePhysical Education
      Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameABC123 ABC123
      Tuition/Materials Fees$30/$0
      Class Size6 to 13
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      DescriptionEnjoy fun games and activities in the gym.
      PROFESSIONAL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Additional InformationTHIS IS A PROFESSIONAL CLASS. FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      High School Credit0.5
      Professional Class?Professional


      7th hour

      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Voice/Piano Lessons

      DisciplineMusic
      Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Piano lessons are for all ages, K-12

      Voice lessons are for middle school and high school students.
      Instructor NameTrish Pino
      Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5 fee for music
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomSanctuary
      CurriculumVoice: Christian contemporary, musical theatre, classical music or requested titles

      Piano: Faber and Faber Piano curriculum, supplemental songs
      HomeworkPractice 15 minutes/ 5 days
      PrerequisitesVoice: a love for singing.

      Piano: an iterest in learning to play or strengthening skills on the piano.
      MaterialsVoice/Piano: $5-15 fee will be assessed by instructor if student needs to purchase a new book. Plan on one book/semester
      DescriptionLessons are available 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th. There are two openings per hour as these are 1/2 hour lessons.
      In voice, students will learn how to properly use their voice in order to strengthen and grow it in a healthy way, as well as build a personal repertoire. The goal will be to customize each lesson to the skill level of the student and focus on all aspects of performance such as diction, phrasing, stage presence, breathing, artistic expression, etc.

      For piano, students will learn proper technique at the piano, how to hold their hands and wrists, sit correctly, and how to use their fingers. They will be given exercises and songs to practice during the week which will strengthen their fingers and enforce proper techniques learned. Students will also learn to read music and basic music theory. Piano is a great starter instrument since many of the skills will translate to other instruments.

      If desired, both voice and piano students will have the opportunity to perform in the Extravaganza.

      Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioInstructor Bio
      Trish Pino earned her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from the State University of NY at Fredonia and is certified in K-12 Vocal and General Music.  She then took a one year placement as a 6th-12th grade vocal and general music teacher.  After that, she studied at Belmont University and received her Master’s of Music in Music Education with a concentration in Vocal and Secondary Education.  After receiving her Master’s degree, she taught for 5 years at Currey Ingram Academy in Nashville, TN where she was responsible for 5th-6th grade general music classes, choir, and band.  She also has over 13 years of experience as a private piano and voice teacher.  Mrs. Pino served as the Music Director at Keystone Church in Saline for 4 years and now has her own practice of private piano and voice students.  
      Additional InformationThese are 1/2 hour lessons. You will need to talk with the instructor about which half of the hour you would like. Please note: each semester the student will receive 11 lessons. On the 12th week, the student will be expected to stay in the sanctuary in order to rehearse for the Extravaganza. If your child does not participate in the Extravaganza, he/she should not plan on a lesson that week; although if the sanctuary is empty and Mrs.Pino is not required for Extravaganza rehearsals, you may be able to do some singing/piano. Additionally, there is a possibility that a fee will be assessed for an accompanist for the Extravaganza, if necessary. Typical accompanist fees vary.
      (Please note: priority enrollment for 2nd semester will be given to those enrolled during 1st semester)

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      High School Credit0.5
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      A Great Books Club-Ancient Literature - Friday Edition

      DisciplineLiterature
      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Your 7th or 8th grade student should be able to handle a high school level reading pace.
      Instructor NamePatti Cousino
      Tuition/Materials Fees$50/$10
      Class Size4 to 15
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomMrs. Cousino
      HomeworkWeekly reading assignments will be given, and are required in order to discuss them. I will look to see if some or all of them are available audibly.
      DescriptionThis class is an opportunity to read some great book selections and discuss them during class. When we discuss great books with one another we gain insights that we do not gain when we read them on our own!

      I try to make sure that the books are also available audibly to those who love listening to books, as I do. I will try to make sure that the length of the reading selections are short enough to be read within the week, but will challenge the students.

      This Friday class will meet at Mrs Cousino's home, time to be determined after registration.
      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Additional InformationTHIS IS A PROFESSIONAL CLASS. FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      High School Credit.5
      Professional Class?Professional


      8th hour

      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Voice/Piano Lessons

      DisciplineMusic
      Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Piano lessons are for all ages, K-12

      Voice lessons are for middle school and high school students.
      Instructor NameTrish Pino
      Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5 fee for music
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomSanctuary
      CurriculumVoice: Christian contemporary, musical theatre, classical music or requested titles

      Piano: Faber and Faber Piano curriculum, supplemental songs
      HomeworkPractice 15 minutes/ 5 days
      PrerequisitesVoice: a love for singing.

      Piano: an iterest in learning to play or strengthening skills on the piano.
      MaterialsVoice/Piano: $5-15 fee will be assessed by instructor if student needs to purchase a new book. Plan on one book/semester
      DescriptionLessons are available 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th. There are two openings per hour as these are 1/2 hour lessons.
      In voice, students will learn how to properly use their voice in order to strengthen and grow it in a healthy way, as well as build a personal repertoire. The goal will be to customize each lesson to the skill level of the student and focus on all aspects of performance such as diction, phrasing, stage presence, breathing, artistic expression, etc.

      For piano, students will learn proper technique at the piano, how to hold their hands and wrists, sit correctly, and how to use their fingers. They will be given exercises and songs to practice during the week which will strengthen their fingers and enforce proper techniques learned. Students will also learn to read music and basic music theory. Piano is a great starter instrument since many of the skills will translate to other instruments.

      If desired, both voice and piano students will have the opportunity to perform in the Extravaganza.

      Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioInstructor Bio
      Trish Pino earned her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from the State University of NY at Fredonia and is certified in K-12 Vocal and General Music.  She then took a one year placement as a 6th-12th grade vocal and general music teacher.  After that, she studied at Belmont University and received her Master’s of Music in Music Education with a concentration in Vocal and Secondary Education.  After receiving her Master’s degree, she taught for 5 years at Currey Ingram Academy in Nashville, TN where she was responsible for 5th-6th grade general music classes, choir, and band.  She also has over 13 years of experience as a private piano and voice teacher.  Mrs. Pino served as the Music Director at Keystone Church in Saline for 4 years and now has her own practice of private piano and voice students.  
      Additional InformationThese are 1/2 hour lessons. You will need to talk with the instructor about which half of the hour you would like. Please note: each semester the student will receive 11 lessons. On the 12th week, the student will be expected to stay in the sanctuary in order to rehearse for the Extravaganza. If your child does not participate in the Extravaganza, he/she should not plan on a lesson that week; although if the sanctuary is empty and Mrs.Pino is not required for Extravaganza rehearsals, you may be able to do some singing/piano. Additionally, there is a possibility that a fee will be assessed for an accompanist for the Extravaganza, if necessary. Typical accompanist fees vary.
      (Please note: priority enrollment for 2nd semester will be given to those enrolled during 1st semester)

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      High School Credit0.5
      Professional Class?Professional


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