Group Instruction

Beginner Guitar Classes:   We have two classes, one for younger students and one for adults!   We’ve compressed our regular 12 week classes into 6 weeks and lengthened the lesson time with the teacher so you learn a lot in fewer weeks. 

Youth Class  $90:   Tuesdays, July 1-August 6, 5-6:15 pm. Ages 8-15.  Instructor:  Nate Mathews

Adult Class  $120:    Tuesdays, July 1-August 6, 6:30-8 pm.  Age 16 and up.  Instructor:  Smokey Emerson

Learn the basic chords and how to play in many different keys, and play real music you know and like in just 6 weeks!  You’ll also be reading music – both staff and tab – so you can read music on your own.  Materials fee of $7 is payable to the instructor at the first class.  Minimum of 5 students required; maximum enrollment is 10.  Snow Fine Arts Center.  Early Bird Rate:  pay by June 23 :  $10 off

Music Reading 101:  This 4-week class is for students, ages 16 and up, who want learn to read music and understand the basics of music theory.   If you used to understand and read music but have forgotten a lot and want to rekindle your musical chops, play by ear or never had a lesson and don’t know a C half note from a sharp on the staff, this class is for you!  A weekly 1-hour class beginning  June 2: Mon., 5:30-6:30 pm.

Little Mozart Pre-Piano Class:  This is a fun introduction to the keyboard and an excellent program to determine a child's readiness for piano lessons.  This 6-week class is for children, approximately ages 5-7, and in Kindergarten - Second grade.  Students meet weekly: Tuesday, 4:30-5pm.  Maximum enrollment: 6.  Minimum enrollment for class to make: 4. Tuition: $90. A materials fee of $15 is payable at the first class, May 20. Instructor: Terrie Shires, SFA 134A

Auditions will be held in August for Choristers, Children's Choir and the Youth Choir.  Call 501-450-5755, or email to schedule your audition time.

Voices of Central Arkansas (VOCA) is for boys and girls in grades 4-12.  We have three groups:  the Choristers training choir and Children's Choir for 4th - 9th grade treble voices, and the SATB Youth Choir for 10th-12th graders and younger male students whose voices have changed.  VOCA promotes musical literacy and performance by providing a challenging, high quality choral experience for its members, and has received numerous awards and trophies since it's creation in 1996.

 VOCA  will begin rehearsals for Fall in August.  A parent meeting will be held at the first rehearsal.  VOCA rehearses each Monday of the school year from 6-7:30pm.  The CAYC will rehearse each Monday from 7:35-8:35pm.  Our Concert Choir and CAYC director is Dr. Sheri Cook-Cunningham and Dr. Paige Rose conducts the Choristers.  Bart Dooley, music specialist at Ida Burns Elementary assists as accompanist.

Students receive instruction in vocal technique, learn a variety of music in many styles and languages, perform several concerts each semester, and compete in a regional competition or participate in a national music festival annually in the spring.

In Spring 2013, the choir sang in performance with The American Boychoir and one of our own, Douglas Butler, auditioned for and was accepted as a new member of the American Boychoir.

During the Fall 2013 semester, VOCA performed in concert with the Conway Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Ballet and the Conway Men's Chorus.   VOCA also performed at College Square Retirement Center and at UCA's Snow Fine Arts Recital Hall.

This fall VOCA was the featured choral group with the Moscow Ballet when they performed in LR.

This spring choir members and parents flew to New York City and performed in the Festival at Carnegie Hall.  Participation in the festival was a wonderful opportunity for our members.   Members and parents visited Ellis Island, Times Square, The Gershwin Theatre where they saw Wicked, the Statue of Liberty and other famous sites in NYC.  It was an outstanding experience, musically and educationally.

VOCA at Ellis Island March 2014

AUDITION INFORMATION:  A short audition is required for membership.  Parents or older students should contact the Community School office at 501-450-5755 or 450-3672, or e-mail or to schedule a 10-minute audition. A prepared piece is not required for Choristers or Children's choir, but a short 2-minute song and sight-reading is required for the CAYC.  All students are asked to match pitches. Tuition is $215 for the school year and and a payment plan may be set up upon request.  Donations are being accepted for need-based scholarships and for assisting our students who participate in the annual music festival.   Contributions are tax-deductible and additional information is on the VOCA website, or you may call our office at 501-450-5755.