Fine Arts Academy

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About

The McGregor Fine Arts Academy functions as an atmosphere for individuals to experience, learn, cultivate, and express the creativity given to them by the Creator, God. Providing training in the arts, is our avenue to draw our church and community to Christ; and, to equip future worshipers already in relationship with Christ. The Fine Arts Academy functions under the umbrella of the Worship Ministry of McGregor Baptist Church and serves by:

    • Providing excellent training in the fine arts
    • Assisting in meeting students’ spiritual needs
    • Developing future church leaders
    • Acting as an outreach platform for McGregor Baptist Church

STUDENTS — We encompass a variety of students of all skill levels and ages. Students under five years of age accepted on a case by case basis with instructor availability and approval.

INSTRUCTORS — Each of our instructors are qualified, and backed by experience and education, to teach/train in their areas of expertise.

We offer private, weekly lessons in piano, voice, strings, trumpet, and guitar. Students may take a 30-minute, 45-minute, or 60-minute lesson each week. We also offer a 4-week, 30-minute trial session for $110 (trial sessions only apply to 30-minute lessons).

Fall and Spring Semesters are 12 weeks. Summer semesters are subject to instructor availability and are 4 or 6 weeks, only.

All lessons are held on the McGregor Baptist Church campus.

We offer one recital annually, which is held at the end of the Spring semester.

Pricing

ALL amounts shown below include the $10.00 registration fee.

Fall or Spring Semesters30 min lesson45 min lesson60 min lesson
12 weeks tuition paid in full (including $10 registration fee).$310.00$460.00$610.00
Summer30 Min Lesson45 MIN Lesson60 Min Lesson
4-weeks tuition paid in full (including the $10 registration fee).$110.00​$160.00$210.00 ​
6-weeks tuition paid in full (including the $10 registration fee).$160.00$235.00$310.00
Group Lessons
GROUP 1 - class (2 or more students)1 hour$180.00Requires Private Lesson
GROUP 2 - class (2 or more students)1 hour$190.00No Prerequisites
4-WEEKS Trial Lessons (30 minutes only) $110.00​

As previously stated, each semester requires a $10 registration fee. For additional tuition options, please refer to the parent/student handbook. Please note that are scholarships are not offered for 4-week trial or summer semester classes. 

Auto Bank Withdrawal Plan

Tuition in FULL or 1st payment is due on or before the first lesson unless paying with the Bank Withdrawal payment plan.

For bank draft plan, add $5 service charge to $10 registration

Fall And/Or Spring Semester

Class TimeTotal Amount DueMonthly Payment
30 mins$315.00$105.00
45 min$465.00$155.00
60 min$615.00$205.00
Group NumberTotal Amount DueMonthly Payment
Group 1$185.00$61.67
Group 2$195.00$65.00

ALL payments are drawn on the 10th day of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, months of each semester, unless otherwise negotiated with the FAA Administrator.

Our Staff

Terri Thomas

Administrator of the McGregor Baptist Church Fine Arts Academy

Administrative Assistant to Ryan Flint, the Minister of Music at McGregor Baptist Church.

Terri received the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Bible and Missions (extended studies in music) from The Free Will Baptist Bible College, now known as The Welch College, in Nashville, TN, in 1985. Terri has been a student of the arts and music since childhood.In high school in Norfolk, VA she had the privilege to dance on stage as well as exhibit some of her artwork locally.  Throughout high school and college years, she was integrally involved in drama and vocal music. Along with her major course of studies, Terri studied drama, speech, and choral conducting.  She was a member one of one of the school’s choirs throughout her college career and traveled with the college drama team during her junior year. Terri has sung with church choirs, ensembles, praise teams, trios, duets and solos. While serving as a lay missionary in St. Croix Virgin Islands, she directed the church’s youth and adult choirs as well as drama and student choirs as their Christian school’s Performing Arts teacher.

Terri has been a member of the Florida Baptist Worship Choir, where she has been invited to sing with the praise team. Terri is currently an active church worship choir, and ensemble member at McGregor Baptist Church. She has sung and danced in all of the Southwest Florida Christmas Pageants since she joined the church in 2000.

Terri is currently Administrative Assistant to Ryan Flint, Worship Minister here at McGregor Baptist Church, and loves her duties which encompass handling administrative duties for the church’s Worship and Technical Arts Ministries, as well as Administrator for the McGregor Fine Arts Academy. Terri enjoys all of her responsibilities and considers herself privileged, honored, and humbled to work at something that offers her the opportunity to share the Gospel message of our Creator, God through the avenue of the creative arts.

Thank you for allowing the McGregor Fine Arts Academy the amazing opportunity of pouring into the lives your most precious gifts, your children.  We will handle them with prayer.

Brian Keating

Teaches: Guitar – acoustic and Beginning Piano, Worship style

Brian Keating – Currently leads our 11:00 AM band-led worship service of McGregor Baptist Church.  He is also the lead vocalist and plays acoustic guitar and keys for the Christian Band, “FOR A SEASON.”  Among many accomplishments, one of Brian’s most memorable highlights was when the band was the featured as part of the preshow when “FOR KING AND COUNTRY” was in Fort Myers with Southwest Florida’s WAY-FM. To quote the band “Tonight was a night we’ll never forget! What an honor it was to get to share the stage with the gentlemen of FOR KING & COUNTRY! Thank you for believing in us.”  Brian has recently returned from a mission trip to Zambia Africa where he had the opportunity to lead worship for the team as well as for the local Zambian church. 

“My start at MBC, in January 2015, was supposed to be just a temporary position but God’s plan was much different and much better than I could have imagined. It’s been an incredible joy to serve with the worship ministry the last 5+ years! Singing and playing music has been one of my favorite things to do as long as I can remember, and it’s an indescribable privilege that I GET to do this every week. We’ve all been called to glorify God in all that we do, and I’m so thankful for the opportunity I have to serve on the worship staff at McGregor Baptist Church. I like to take time out of each day to thank Him for giving me the strength to get through the day. When I look back and see how far He has brought me, I know it’s only by His grace and nothing of my own doing. It causes me to have an attitude of gratitude”

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”⠀– Psalm 19:14   

Jackie Jarvis

Teaches: strings – all levels, beginning and intermediate piano

Jackie has been with the Academy from its beginning and we are so blessed to have her as a part of our Fine Arts family.  Jackie not only studied at University of the Philippines, but also with world-renowned violinists.  She has over 20 years of experience teaching strings and piano and currently teaches these disciplines at St. Michael’s Episcopal School.  Jackie has performed with the several Symphony Orchestras in the Fort Myers area.

Heidi Lucas

Teaches: Piano, Violin and Beginning Voice

Heidi has been with our Fine Arts Academy for over 2 years as an instructor and we are so blessed to have her.  Among her many other accomplishments, Heidi is the weekly worship pianist for a local church and uses her many gifts to pour into the lives of young students.  Recently Heidi was able to see one of her young students through an audition for a job playing piano for another local church!

Heidi’s dedication to her calling and her students is a tremendous asset to the Academy!

Ron Holmes

Teaches: Trumpet At All Levels

Ron graduated Kent State University with as a Music Major and studied with H.B Herforth, former trumpet player with Boston Symphony and The Cleveland Orchestra. He later acquired a Bachelor or Arts and Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Trinity Theological Seminary.  Ron comes to us with decades of trumpet playing experience in Big Bands, Brass Ensembles and Concert Bands, and Cornet in Marching Bands. Ron plays trumpet with the McGregor Baptist Church Orchestra and the Gulf Coast Symphony here in Ft. Myers FL. Ron is Currently Director of Instrumental Worship at McGregor Baptist Church and has been for 22 years.  It is with great pleasure, we welcome, Ron Holmes to the McGregor Fine Arts Academy Family!

April Bradley

Teaches: Beginning and Intermediate Acoustic Guitar and Electric Bass Guitar

April currently attends Florida South Western College where she will graduate, in the Spring of 2021, with an Associate of Arts degree, emphasis in music. After graduation, she will attend Florida Gulf Coast University where she intends to continue her education working towards her bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy. April began playing guitar at age 12. She served 13 years as acoustic rhythm with the worship band for Calvary Baptist Church in California under the leadership of Gary Casucci, an accomplished musician who plays and composes professionally. After moving to Florida in 2014, she began serving on the worship team at Calvary Chapel Cape Coral, where she served as worship leader. In 2017, April began attending McGregor Baptist Church where she became a member and began serving in the Worship Ministry here. April currently volunteers playing either acoustic or electric bass guitar for both the choir and orchestra led services as well as the band led services. “Being a part of the McGregor Baptist Worship Ministry is such a joy and delight. God has blessed me with being a part of a ministry that encourages me and challenges me both spiritually and musically. I am so appreciative that I can use music to glorify God and uplift my brothers and sisters in Christ.”

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If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Terri Thomas.