Students interested in enhancing their musical abilities have many opportunities to maximize their potential through Portsmouth Christian Academy’s private music lessons. Our highly qualified music teachers offer private lessons throughout the school year during free periods, lunch and recess, and after school depending on your schedule. The day and time of lessons is to be arranged between parent and instructor.  *It is the parent’s responsibility to communicate lesson times with the child’s classroom teacher. 

Registration Fee (unless noted otherwise): 

Lesson Type  Fee per Lesson 
15-minute lessons  $16.00 
30-minute lessons  $32.00 
45-minute lessons  $47.75 
60-minute lessons  $64.00 

 

Notes:   

*Exact fee is dependent on the number of weeks in each quarter. 

*Depending on the number of weeks in a quarter and instructor preference, lessons run for 6 to 9 weeks; the last week of the quarter may be reserved for make-ups. 

* A $25 late fee will be assessed for all late registrations. 

*Makeup Policy: Please notify instructors of any absence 24 hours in advance or as soon as possible if ill. If advanced notice took place, students are allowed one absence per quarter which may be made up or refunded. Missed lessons without prior notification will be forfeited (and not refunded). Cancellations made by the instructor or by the school (due to weather) will be made up or refunded. 

Some teachers prefer to leave a makeup week at the end of each quarter. If your child does not miss any lessons and you want to pay for an extra lesson during makeup week, please contact the Kaleidoscope Coordinator, Jodi Karnes, at JKarnes@pcaschool.org. 

 

Private Music Instructors

Darby Goss | Piano (K-12th grade); Voice (6th-12th)

(see registration fee above) darbyl.martin@gmail.com  

Darby Goss earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education with a vocal emphasis at Gordon College and is beginning her Master’s in Music Education this fall. At Gordon College she studied voice under Katherine Whyte, Courtney Huffman and Theresa Winner-Blume. She also has performed extensively with the Gordon College Choir under the direction of Jamie Hillman, locally as well as in Nashville, TN, Southern California and Philadelphia, PA. Darby’s passions, besides advocating for music education for all children, is vocal performance, musical theatre, opera, and vocal health. She believes every voice should be using healthy techniques. She has experience teaching voice and piano lessons to all ages, from five-year-olds to adults. Darby will also be teaching elementary music and 4th and 5th grade choir this year at PCA, and also directing the PCA musical in the spring. 

 

Cheryl Rudolph | Woodwinds, Guitar

(see registration fee above) crudolph726@comcast.net

Cheryl’s love of the flute started at 9 years old when she first heard it being played… it sang to her soul! Her musical journey began that summer and continued throughout her school years with several private instructors as well as being groomed in the Portsmouth Music Dept. under the excellent direction of William & Lillian Elwell and Warren Muchmore. Her passion for playing has continued over the decades and she loves experimenting with new “voices”. She doubles on piccolo and soprano saxophone, plays intermediate alto sax & clarinet and dabbles with trumpet, trombone, keys & percussion. She has performed with different ensembles over the years for various events, weddings, memorials etc., at Prescott Park, Soul Fest, and our own PCA pit orchestra for many of the musicals. She has played improv on worship teams for over 20 years and has been a worship leader playing guitar and singing at churches, women’s retreats, a Moms in Prayer event, Search for Significance classes and retreats, Celebrate Recovery meetings. She has written, composed and shared some of her worship songs, has recorded flute accompaniment on several CDs for local artists, and enjoys performing with her daughter at assisted living facilities.

After homeschooling her 2 children for 10 years and then enrolling them at PCA, she prayed about what to do next. The Lord answered very clearly within days when PCA called in the Fall of 2003 and asked her about giving private flute lessons through Kaleidoscope. She started lessons right away, then started assisting band directors in 2004 & directed the PCA Flute Choir for years. The Flute Choir performed at PCA concerts, special events, Bellamy Fields, as well as at the ACSI Festival held at Gordon College where they consistently earned the highest awards each year. She loves helping to guide & grow the students on their own musical journeys whether it’s individually, in sectionals, or in the band room. Working at PCA for her is a divine calling, an answer to prayer, and such a joy and blessing to work with hundreds of students over the years alongside the talented colleagues of the PCA Music Dept.

 

 

Dan Schmunk | Male Voice, Saxophone, Music Theory, Brass

Male Voice (6th-12th grades), Saxophone (any level), Music Theory (any level), Brass (beginner level Trumpet, Trombone) (see registration fee above) dschmunk@pcaschool.org 

Daniel holds a degree in music education and is passionate about teaching instrumental and vocal students to enjoy all that music has to offer them whether as soloists, in music theater, or in an ensemble. He has held teaching positions in New Hampshire, the North Shore and Metro-west areas of Boston, and taught all aspects and levels of music in both public and private institutions. With years of experience as a teacher, singer, and conductor, he is equipped with many tools to train young singers and instrumentalists. His students have successfully auditioned for districts and all-states as well as college music degrees. He is currently the Director of Choral Music at Park Street Church in Boston and the Assistant Conductor of Lyricora, a professional choir based on the North Shore. Dan works full-time for PCA where his three boys also attend. 

                                        

Carroll Stevens | Voice, Guitar, Ukulele, Cello, Trumpet, Piano, Music Theory

(see registration fee above) cstevens@pcaschool.org

*With prior approval only. Due to his limited availability, please email Carroll before registering.

Carroll Stevens has been making music since his earliest childhood memories.  Throughout the years, he has sung in a variety of choirs, studied voice extensively, and enjoyed playing organ, piano, trumpet, guitar, cello, banjo, and ukulele.  He has also studied world music abroad and completed training in ethnomusicology.  His love for music led him to major in music education and minor in music theory and music history at the University of Michigan.  He completed a Masters of Music Education at Gordon College in 2009.   He currently serves as Fine Arts Director at

PCA where he also teaches choral music, general music, music theory, world music, ukulele, and music technology & composition.  He is a member of the National Association for Music Education and occasionally performs with the Granite State Choral Society. He directs the Voices of New England, a group that sings and travels abroad biyearly with their last adventure singing carols in Austria.  With his family, he participates in the worship team at his church and leads New England contra dances with his wife, Susie.  He has five wonderful children who have either graduated or are attending PCA.

 

Susie Stevens | Strings

(see registration fee above) sstevens@pcaschool.org

Susie Stevens, PCA’s strings teacher, started playing the violin in 5th grade… and hasn’t stopped since!  She is a trained Suzuki teacher and has loved working with students on violin, viola and cello for nearly 15 years.  In addition to teaching strings at PCA, Mrs. Stevens is a member of the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra and the New Hampshire Fiddle Ensemble.

 

 

 

 

Katrina Veno | Band instruments – beginner flute, trumpet, trombone, percussion, and more; beginner and intermediate level clarinet and saxophone

(see registration fee above) kveno@pcaschool.org

Band instruments- beginner flute, trumpet, trombone, percussion, and more; beginner and intermediate level clarinet and saxophone (see registration fee above) kveno@pcaschool.org

Katrina Veno has been a music teacher at Portsmouth Christian Academy for over five years. She received her bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of New Hampshire, and a Master of Music in clarinet performance from The Ohio State University. She performs with the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra and has a private studio of students at PCA and out of her home studio in Newmarket.

 

Sally Wituszynski | Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass

(see registration fee above) swituszynski@pcaschool.org

Sally Wituszynski earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Viola Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Heidi Castleman and Marcus Thompson. She has also completed a Master’s degree in Music Education from the University of New Hampshire, where she studied violin with Robert Eshbach and ‘cello with Larry Veal. Sally is the principal violist for the Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra, a member of the Great Bay Philharmonic, and a founding member of the Artful Noise String Quartet. She was the string teacher and orchestra director at Berwick Academy in southern Maine for 20 years, and she was the Master Teacher for the String Project at the University of New Hampshire for four years. She currently directs the string program at Tri-City Christian Academy near her home in Somersworth, NH. Sally has also maintained a private teaching studio in the New Hampshire Seacoast area since 1984, and is a Past President of the New Hampshire Chapter of the American String Teachers’ Association.

 

Jennifer Schmunk | Voice

(8 weeks: $320 for 30 min lessons; $480 for 45 min lessons; $640 for 60 min lessons)  schmunk@mac.com

Jenn Schmunk has been teaching voice for 16 years and is passionate about training young voices, specializing in middle and high school voices. She believes that a clear understanding of how your voice works and a methodical approach to technique allows students to build a beautiful, free, and healthy sound. With a degree in vocal performance and extensive experience as a choral singer and soloist, Jenn brings a wealth of knowledge to each of her students. She is a soprano soloist and section leader for Park Street Church in Boston, as well as a founding member and soloist for the professional choral ensemble Lyricora. She believes that once you know how to use your voice you can excel in solo, choral, jazz, and music theater repertoire. Jenn has successfully prepared students who have been selected for junior & senior districts, all states, all easterns, and nationals. Her students have consistently been chosen for select ensembles and cast as leads in musical theater productions. She has also guided many students thru the process of applying and recording auditions for college music degrees and has had students accepted in schools such as McGill University, Ithaca College, St. Olaf College, Frost School of Music at Miami University, the Hartt School of music at the University of Hartford, Temple, Arizona University, Gordon College, Philadelphia University of the Arts, Emerson, The American Music and Dramatic Academy, and Boston Conservatory at Berklee. She currently resides in Merrimacport, Massachusetts with her husband and three boys.

 

Sue Williams | Trumpet, French Horn, Voice

(8 weeks: $240 for 30 min lessons; $360 for 45 min lessons) sdwilliams@metrocast.net

Susan Williams is a freelance horn player, singer, and teacher. Ms. Williams is principal horn in the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra, a member of 7 Rivers Wind Quintet and a freelance chamber musician in the Seacoast Area.  She has performed with numerous ensembles in New Hampshire and in the Greater Boston Area. As a singer, Ms. Williams performs regularly as a soloist in recitals and also with Amare Cantare Chamber Chorus.  She particularly enjoys collaborating with other singers to perform small chamber works for two, three or four voices. She is also the choral director at John Stark Regional High School. Ms. Williams received her Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of New Hampshire and her Master of Music Degree from Longy School of Music. Ms. Williams maintains a private teaching studio in Barrington.

 

 

Please contact Jodi Karnes, Kaleidoscope Coordinator, at jkarnes@pcaschool.org or 603-742-3617 ext 119, with any questions regarding the Kaleidoscope program.