Private and Group Lessons

We offer the following lessons:
Art: All Ages
Piano: Starting age, 5 years old
Violin: Starting age, 5 years old
Drums: Starting age, 7 years old
Guitar: Starting age, 7 years old
Voice: Starting age, 10 years old
Bass Guitar: Starting age, 7 years old
Group Violin: Starting age, 5 years old
Group Bass: Starting age 7 years old
Group Guitar: Starting age, 7 years old


Students receive 30 lessons over the course of the 10 month program. The total cost is divided into 10 equal monthly payments September-June. The first payment is due with registration fee. Group registration fee is waived for students enrolled in both private and group lessons.

  • 30 minute private lesson: $25/lesson
  • 30 minute group lesson: $15/lesson
  • Registration fee: $15 (non-refundable)

Parents may elect to forgo the monthly rate and pay the balance in full.
1 payment of $750 private/$450 group
10 payments $75 private/$45 Group
For more information email the school’s Fine Art Department.


Kelly Lowder

Kelly Lowder is a seasoned musician and music educator from Kannapolis, NC with more than 15 years of experience as a private instructor and 22 years of experience as a live performer. He began playing guitar at age 8, bass guitar at 14, and drums and piano at 15. By 14, Kelly started his first band and by 18 he had formed a group that would quickly grow into a modestly successful Christian band. The band toured for 10 years and received exposure on national television including INSP and FOX and their music was heard on radio stations across the U.S.

Kelly was a key contributor in writing and arranging songs and creating well thought-out performances that include live shows at some of the biggest Christian music festivals in the U.S. like Cornerstone, and Xtreme. The band consistently opened for major label acts such as Third Day, Skillet, and Thousand Foot Krutch and garnered professional management and consulting from top sources over their 10-year span, most notably, Terry Hudson of Atlantic Records and Andrew Woody and Alex Rexroat of Fidelity Entertainment and The Greenlight Firm. The band was pursued by several independent record labels including Tooth and Nail (an Atlantic Record affiliate).

Kelly’s experience as a touring musician led to an opportunity to teach music privately and over time allowed him to create and develop his own lesson plans and a unique method of teaching (the “Lowder Method”). After more than 15 years as an instructor Kelly has witnessed many of his students excel through his approach to become accomplished musicians and band leaders.

I addition to teaching, Kelly is a full-time student at Liberty University working toward a BFA in Studio and Digital Arts and a minor in Theology. He hopes to further pursue his interest in advertising through digital and graphic art, another area of interest resulting from his time in a working band.


Eric Boruff

Eric Boruff began playing the violin at the age of nine. In 2009, after teaching privately for a year, he volunteered to organize and direct the orchestra for his high school. During that time, he began studying with Ming-Shiu Yo. Under his instruction, Eric began to truly excel, winning several local performance competitions. In 2016, Eric graduated from Golden State Baptist College with a degree in Music Education. In teaching beginners as well as advanced students, his teaching style remains the same, emphasizing making music enjoyable while still providing motivation for the student to work harder to improve. Eric also enjoys composing and arranging music and has published four violin arrangements books, ranging from beginner to advanced.
Liana Riviere

Liana Riviere, wife of Chris Riviere is the mother of 2 boys, Sterling and Austin. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Music Education from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA. Her main instrument is voice, with a minor in piano. She taught 3 years of chorus and general music in NJ public schools. Liana spent 22 years in Phoenix, AZ. While there, she taught private piano and voice lessons for 5 years. Three years ago her family moved to Charlotte. For the past 2 years she has taught private voice and piano lessons at her home studio and at Hickory Grove’s Academy of Music & Arts.