FACS Class Schedule

A $25 non-refundable fee is due when registering for lessons and classes. Music lessons require one registration fee for ongoing lessons for the academic year. All dance, art, drama, and textile classes with more than one meeting require one registration fee per term (fall, spring). There will be one registration fee per student for these classes per term, regardless of the number of classes being taken. One day workshops do not require a registration fee.

Music Lessons

Private music lessons are offered throughout the year, with frequency of meetings, dates, and times determined by the student and instructor. Beginning and advanced students (including adults) are equally encouraged to register online.

Tuition is $110 for 5 lessons and $190 for 10 lessons. An additional $25 deposit (referenced above) is due before beginning lessons and applies to the full academic year.

Banjo Instruction

Instructor: Ron Mullennex
Banjo instruction will be in the old-time style (mainly the downstroke style often referred to as "clawhammer") and can be at any level, from beginning to advanced. The tune repertoire for intermediate and advanced players will include a generous helping of tunes from the generation that predates radio and recorded music.

Mandolin Instruction

Instructor: Ron Mullennex
Focuses on oldtime tunes and style, and can also accommodate beginning to advanced levels. Instruction will be by ear and visually in the oral tradition, without written music or tablature. The use of a recording device is encouraged, but not mandatory.

Private Piano Lessons

Instructor: Dr. Alexa Schlimmer
Ages: 5+

Private Voice Lessons

Instructor: Dr. Alexa Schlimmer
Ages: 5+

Private Trumpet Lessons

Instructor: Charles Priest
Ages: 10+

Private Flute Lessons

Instructor: Linda Flowers
Ages: 10+

Private Guitar Lessons

Instructor: James Lilly

All Other Classes

Literary Adventures

Tuition: $200
Grades: 6th-10th
Instructor: Breanna Buterakos

September 8 - December 15, Thursdays, 2:30-4:00pm
This is a fifteen-week course designed to help you obtain an appreciation of the world of literature and language. You will put into practice comprehensive reading, summarizing, research, comparison, creative thinking, analysis, and writing skills. In addition, you will also come to grasp a better knowledge and application of spelling, punctuation, and grammar. This class will help you be prepared for the rigors of high school and even college level reading and writing.

Homeschooling community: This course will be aimed at 6-10th graders, but if there are any gifted fifth graders who want to brave it, they are welcome. This course can be counted for middle school/high school credit for both literature and composition. This course is designed to complete the literature/writing curriculum for homeschool.

The students will be required to obtain the books. The instructor will be responsible for grading all material.

This is the first semester course. There will be a second semester class offered (January - May, 2017) for those interested.

Bluefield Youth Theatre and Bluefield College Theatre: Annie

Tuition: $150
Ages: 6-18
Instructors: Charles Reese and Rebecca McCoy Reese

Auditions: October 13-14, 4:00-6:00pm (registration and payment required prior to audition)
Rehearsals: Starting October 26, Monday-Friday, 4:00-6:00pm
Performances: December 12-13, 15-16
It’s the depression and everybody is…depressed. Until a little orphan named Annie reminds the world that the sun will come out tomorrow. Join Annie, her beloved dog Sandy, Daddy Warbucks, and the frazzled director of the orphanage, Miss Hannigan, in this beloved Christmas Musical classic. Annie and the gang of orphans will be cast from BYT, Jr. members (6-12 years old) and BYT, Sr. members (12-18). Sr. members will be eligible for adult roles, along with BC students.

Pencil Drawing 101

Tuition: $115
Ages: 12 and up
Instructor: Marianne Jackson

September 23, 30, October 14, 21, 28, November 4, 25, December 2, 9, and 16, Fridays, 5:30-6:30pm
Do you want to improve your drawing skills or are you wanting to explore drawing for the first time? With Pencil Drawing 101, we will be exploring drawing techniques, textures, grid drawing, value and shading, tools and hand eye coordination with both graphite and colored pencils which will greatly improve your drawing skills with whatever level you are beginning with. Requested materials: Basic 8.5” X 11” sketchbook and a 14” X 20” portfolio. All other drawing materials will be provided.

Acrylic Painting 101

Tuition: $135
Ages: 12 and up
Instructor: Marianne Jackson

September 23, 30, October 14, 21, 28, November 4, 25, December 2, 9, and 16, Fridays, 7:00-8:15pm
This is the perfect class to jump start, re-establish or build upon your skills with acrylic paint. We will explore different techniques, color mixing, art history, painting tools, textures, art movements and more. Whether you are new to painting or have experience, this 10 week course will enrich and inspire your personal creativity and help you on your art journey. All materials will be provided.

Homeschool/Afterschool Basic Art Class

Tuition: $80
Ages: 3rd-12th
Instructor: Marianne Jackson

September 23, 30, October 14, 21, 28, November 4, 25, December 2, 9, and 16, Fridays, 4:00-5:00pm
This class is geared for the homeschooling and public school students! We will explore different mediums including collage, mixed media, oil pastel, drawing (pencil, crayon, marker and colored pencils) and acrylic paint and will also learn through fun lessons and projects about color theory. We will base our learning on the Elements & Principles of design. Another 10 week course will be offered in early spring as a continuation. Requested materials: Basic 8.5” X 11” sketchbook and a 14” X 20” portfolio. All other materials will be provided.

Beginner/Intermediate Ballet

Tuition: $60 (or $150 for all three Beginner/Intermediate dance classes)
Ages: 6-Adult
Instructor: Ashleigh Farmer

September 21 - November 30 (excluding Nov. 23) ending with a showcase, Wednesdays, 4:00-4:30pm
Ballet is the basis to any style of dance. You will learn the proper form and technique in ballet. At the end of the session, you will have a chance to show off what you learned by performing a ballet piece at the showcase. No experience is required and if you do have experience, please still join us! This class offers you all the fundamentals of ballet and simply teaches you how to dance away! Come be a ballerina!

Beginner/Intermediate Hip-Hop

Tuition: $60 (or $150 for all three Beginner/Intermediate dance classes)
Ages: 6-Adult
Instructor: Ashleigh Farmer

September 21 - November 30 (excluding Nov. 23) ending with a showcase, Wednesdays, 5:30-6:00pm
Hip-hop is where you can break, lock, and pop! This class will give you a chance to improve on freestyle movement. It is a jazz-funk class that will teach you the movements for this style of dance. You will have a chance to show off this style of dance at the End of the Year Showcase! Hip-hop is a great opportunity to just show up, smile, have fun, dance, and just love life!

Beginner/Intermediate Contemporary

Tuition: $60 (or $150 for all three Beginner/Intermediate dance classes)
Ages: 6-Adult
Instructor: Ashleigh Farmer

September 21 - November 30 (excluding Nov. 23) ending with a showcase, Wednesdays, 4:45-5:15pm
Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that includes multiple styles of dance. In this class, you will really learn how to connect your mind and heart with your movement and the music. At the End of the Year Showcase, you will have the opportunity to perform a contemporary piece!

Preschool Warm-up and Ballet

Tuition: $60 (or $100 for both Preschool dance classes)
Ages: 3-5, Preschool
Instructor: Ashleigh Farmer

September 20 - November 29 (excluding Nov. 22), Tuesdays, 1:00-2:00pm
In this class, we will start with a fifteen minute warm up teaching you how to properly prepare and stretch for any dance class. For the remainder of the class, it will be the basics of ballet. Ballet is the basis to any style of dance. In this 10 week session, you will not only learn the steps individually, but you will have the opportunity to show off what you learned in a ballet routine at an End of the Year Showcase!

Preschool Jazz

Tuition: $60 (or $100 for both Preschool dance classes)
Ages: 3-5, Preschool
Instructor: Ashleigh Farmer

September 20 - November 29 (excluding Nov. 22), Tuesdays, 2:15-3:00pm
Jazz dancing is a blast! You will learn all the steps you need to know to groove! No experience is required. A routine will be choreographed to show off at the End of the Year Showcase. Just come ready to have fun!

Paint Night

Tuition: $30
Instructor: Marianne Jackson

Friday, December 9, 6:45-8:45pm
Paint along with artist, Marianne Jackson, to create your own work of art that you will take home at the end of the evening. Painting supplies and artist instructions will be provided. No art experience is needed. The Starry Winter Paint Night will be held in the Cox Visual Arts Building, 2nd floor. Please reserve your seat in advance.