Academy For The Arts at First Baptist Church Shreveport

The Academy for the Arts seeks to teach & train students of all ages in performing and visual arts.

The Academy for the Arts at First Baptist Church of Shreveport seeks to teach and train students of all ages in music, dance, theater, and the visual arts. We believe talent in any form is a gift from God that can be developed and improved with practice and training. To the end we offer lessons in vocal and instrumental music, and we offer regular and exciting opportunities for performance. The Ac

Operating as usual

12/07/2023

It's not too late to get those letters mailed off to Santa! We've given you a head start because we know what you really want this year! 😉

12/05/2023

STUDENT HIGHLIGHT!

Meet Marion, a sweet and talented voice students here at AFTA! Way to go, Marion!

11/30/2023

We have been learning about rhythms and time signatures all semester. Can you put those skills to use and clap along to these rhythms?

11/29/2023

STUDENT HIGHLIGHT!

Meet Julia, a fun and talented voice student here at AFTA! Way to go, Julia!

11/28/2023

'Tis the season for Christmas shopping! 🎄🎁

Unsure what to get your favorite musician?

How about lessons from one of our incredible faculty members here at AFTA?! We have so many options to choose from: voice, piano, guitar, ukulele, violin, drums...

Visit aftafbcs.org for more info and to register for our Spring semester!

11/24/2023

STUDENT HIGHLIGHT!

Meet Jace, one of our talented piano students! Way to go, Jace!

11/23/2023

Today, we pause to give thanks for the many gifts we have in this life. What a blessing it is to have all of you along with us, making music on the journey.

Here's to family, love, and, of course, music! Happy Thanksgiving, AFTA Family!

11/21/2023

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food? Clap along with these rhythms using some of our favorites!

11/17/2023

It's time for another This or That! This time, it's all about that pie!

Type "this" for pumpkin pie or "that" for pecan pie!

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These notes spell some words! Can you read them? Remember to look out for the clef at the beginning!

Go team!

11/13/2023

STUDENT HIGHLIGHT!

Meet Emily, a 7th grade CMM student, who takes voice lessons at AFTA. Check out what she has to say about being a part of the AFTA family!

Way to go, Emily!

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Congratulations to all of our students who participated in Holiday in the Highlands! Bravo!

11/09/2023

Don’t miss the Veterans Day concert taking place TONIGHT at 6:00 in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church Shreveport. We look forward to honoring our veterans the best way we know how - with music!

11/07/2023

If you know a veteran or you are a veteran, we hope you will join us for this very special Veterans Day concert on Thursday! It will feature several members of our AFTA family!

11/06/2023

MEET THE INSTRUCTOR!

We are pleased to have Daniel Moore joining our AFTA Faculty this year! He teaches guitar.

Daniel is an American actor. He was born in Monroe, LA and studied English and Theater at The University of Louisiana at Monroe. He is known for his work on Majestic, Vicky and Sam, and A&E Cold Case Files. Daniel is the former lead singer and guitarist for the American Folk/Rock band band, Eugene Christopher. The music of EC was used in the award wining short, "Vicky and Sam", by Nino Rocha where he played the part of John. Daniel is a regular performer on many stages in Los Angeles, Nashville, Austin, and other regions in North America. He has appeared in national commercials, TV, and film since 2005. Daniel is also an avid baker. He owns the allergy free bakery UnCaked in Shreveport, LA.

11/05/2023

We know your phones did it for you, but just a reminder!

Daylight savings ends today, so set those clocks back!

11/03/2023

You’re invited to join us for a very special celebration on Veterans Day, November 9, at 6:00pm in the sanctuary at First Baptist Church in Shreveport.

The program will feature music ensembles from all over Shreveport Bossier, as well as several of our AFTA students and faculty. Please make plans to attend!

11/02/2023

Are you as ready for Thanksgiving as we are? Here's a fun little game of This or That!

Type "this" in the comments if you prefer turkey and "that" in the comments if you prefer ham!

10/31/2023

Happy Halloween! Can you guess this spooky song?

10/31/2023

STUDENT HIGHLIGHT!

Meet Robert, a talented piano student here at AFTA, and check out what he has to say about being a member of the AFTA Family!

Way to go, Robert!

10/28/2023

As a reminder, the Shreveport Bossier Community Chorale will be presenting their Fall concert, The Road Home, tomorrow at 3:00pm in the sanctuary at First Baptist Church in Shreveport. We hope you plan to attend!

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Can you read these music words? Tell us what they are in the comments!

Pro tip: make sure you look at the clef at the beginning!

10/23/2023

MEET THE INSTRUCTOR!

My name is Karen Hayslip and I love teaching music! I have taught music in one form or another since I was in high school. My background is choral (voice) and keyboards, and I also play the flute, ukulele, and the mountain dulcimer. I have led choirs of all ages and taught piano....well, it seems like forever!! I have taught Pre-K - 12 in public and private schools in Ohio, Florida, and here in Shreveport. My music degree is from The University of Akron (go Zips!), and I completed part of my master's in music there and at Kent State University in Ohio. I finished my master's
degree in elementary education at Centenary College. By the way, I'm not originally from Ohio.-- I grew up in Houston, Texas.

Some interesting background is that I have lived in 8 states and a foreign country. I served (with my husband and children) as a foreign missionary in France for six years, and I also have a degree in French. We were in Paris for 2 years and then lived on the Belgian border for 4 more years. During that time, among other duties, I led and played on various worship teams -- in French, of course!

I enjoy a broad variety of music genres -- and I like to give students exposure to many different styles. I teach beginner and intermediate piano, voice, and ukulele. The ukulele is a newer instrument for me, but it is so accessible and fun to play.

10/22/2023

One week from today, the Shreveport Bossier Community Chorale will present their fall program: The Road Home. You don’t want to miss it! We hope to see you there!

Photos from Academy For The Arts at First Baptist Church Shreveport's post 10/21/2023

Congratulations to Lilly Moss, Judson Moss, and Robert Rickman from Miss Jeralyn’s studio, and Collin Dunn, Madeline Humphries, and Brooklyn Bryant from Mrs. Hayslip’s studio on a job well done at the Greater Shreveport Music Teachers Association’s Halloween Spooktacular today! Give a cheer for our talented students! 👏🏼 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

10/17/2023

In November, we're going to the Carnival! The Carnival of Music, that is!

Don't let your child miss out on this super fun session of Kindermusik, beginning November 2! Register at www.aftafbcs.org/Kindermusik/ and feel free to send us a message or email [email protected] with any questions!

We can't wait to see you at the Carnival!

10/16/2023

STUDENT HIGHLIGHT!

Meet Lucy Nan, another talented member of the AFTA family! Check out what she has to say about learning a new instrument.

Way to go, Lucy Nan!

10/13/2023

Welcome back to Songs for Spooky Season! Today, one of the most famous pieces…”In the Hall of the Mountain King!”

Did you learn something new about this piece?

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Can you read these candy corn words? Post your answers in the comments!

Make sure you pay attention to which clef is in the beginning!

10/09/2023

MEET THE INSTRUCTOR!

Dr. Rebekah Burcham began her music teaching career in high school as a private piano instructor. At that time, she realized that teaching music was her calling. Dr. Burcham has been teaching music in some form or fashion ever since. Currently, she teaches several music courses at Centenary College. These include Introduction to Music Education, Elementary Music Methods, Music Appreciation, and Voice. She has also taught Education in a Diverse Society in the Education Department. Dr. Burcham has taught at Southeastern Louisiana State University, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and Bossier Parish Community College. In these positions, she taught Music Theory, Piano, Voice, Music for the Elementary Teacher, and supervised student teachers. While teaching at the elementary level, she taught general music and choir for grades PreK-6 in Louisiana and Florida. Dr. Burcham has been a guest lecturer in music education throughout the country.

Dr. Burcham holds a Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music Education from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Florida.

10/09/2023

Don't forget: no lessons tomorrow! We will resume on Tuesday, October 10!

10/06/2023

This month only…Songs for Spooky Season!

This series will explore four songs that are often associated with Spooky Season and give a little history! This week: Night on Bald Mountain!

10/05/2023

We are adding another new note into our rhythms this week! Can you clap along? 👏👏👏

10/03/2023

It's not too late to register! The link is aftafbcs.org/kindermuisk/

It's gonna be a great time as we sing, dance, and play together!

10/02/2023

STUDENT HIGHLIGHT!

Meet Jacques, a 7th grade piano student here at AFTA. We are so happy to have him as part of our AFTA family!

Way to go, Jacques! Keep up the good work!

10/02/2023

Just a note for our upcoming Fall Break! Enjoy your long weekend!

09/30/2023

“Siri, set a reminder to register my kiddo for Kindermusik at the Academy for the Arts.” - you 😉

The October session starts on Thursday! Don’t miss out on a great time!

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We have been learning about rhythms and time signatures all semester. Can you put those skills to use and clap along to ...
What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food? Clap along with these rhythms using some of our favorites!#academyfortheartsshre...
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Happy Halloween! Can you guess this spooky song? #academyfortheartsshreveport #aftafbcs #shreveportmusiclessons #shrevep...
It’s time to show us what you know! Can you clap these rhythms all by yourself?  #academyfortheartsshreveport #aftafbcs ...
On this week’s #songsforspookyseason, one of the most famous Spooky Season pieces EVER written! “Toccata and Fugue in D ...
Take some time to rest with this week’s Theory Thursday! #academyfortheartsshreveport #aftafbcs #shreveportmusiclessons ...
Welcome back to Songs for Spooky Season! Today, one of the most famous pieces…”In the Hall of the Mountain King!”Did you...
Welcome back to Theory Thursday, where we are learning about rests! Rests can be tricky, but don’t worry! We’ve got your...
#spookyseason This month only…Songs for Spooky Season!This series will explore four songs that are often associated with...
We are adding another new note into our rhythms this week! Can you clap along? 👏👏👏#academyfortheartsshreveport #aftafbcs...
Today we are adding a new note into the rhythms: the half note! Do you know how many beats a half note gets? Clap along!...

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