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Creative Arts and Music Image

Creative Arts and Music

 

Welcome to Creative Arts and Music for Orange County!

 

Special thanks to LYNN FREER, our generous program donor.

 

We are so glad you’re here. We offer free music classes, private instrument lessons, summer camps for music, and art, and more. Take a minute to explore our page. When enrolling, keep in mind the location you choose.

 

Locations

ARS: Anaheim Red Shield
1515 W. North St.
Anaheim, CA 92801

TR: Tustin Ranch
10200 Pioneer Rd.
Tustin, CA 92782

SAT: Santa Ana Temple
1710 W. Edinger Ave.
Santa Ana, CA 92704

Our Mission

Making quality music lessons accessible to every student in Orange County.

 

Our Vision

Improving students’ lives by awakening their ability and giving them the knowledge to make music.

 

We offer FREE group music classes on Wednesdays, as well as private one-on-one instrument lessons at different locations around Orange County. We also offer summer camps for music and art in a variety of mediums. Read on to find out how we can help bring the arts to you and your family.

 

The creative arts and music program also strives to provide music and art classes for our after-school program at the Henley Youth Center in Tustin and for survivors residing at our anti-trafficking facilities around the county.

Individual Music Lessons

Private, one-on-one lessons are offered at our 3 locations in Anaheim, Tustin Ranch, and Santa Ana on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 3:00pm to 7:00pm. Lessons are 30 minutes long and include piano, voice, guitar, drums, bass, ukulele, and mandolin.

Scholarships are available for students who qualify. Send us a message to inquire.

 

Cost

Individual lessons are $25 for 30 minutes.

Payments are due at the first lesson of each month. $105 per month covers both 4- and 5-week months and takes into account all holidays.

 

Register Now

 

Locations

ARS: Anaheim Red Shield
1515 W. North St.
Anaheim, CA 92807

TR: Tustin Ranch
10200 Pioneer Rd.
Tustin, CA 92782

SAT: Santa Ana Temple
1710 W. Edinger Ave.
Santa Ana, CA 92704

 

FREE Group Classes

The Freer Forte Music Program offers FREE group music classes on Wednesdays at 3:00, 3:45, and 4:30 at Anaheim Red Shield, 1515 W. North St, Anaheim, CA 92807.

Group Instrument Classes include Keyboard, Guitar, Singing, Drums, & Ukulele

Classes include up to 8-10 students per teacher (singing group has no limit) and utilize peer encouragement to learn and play simultaneously. Students learn theory in a fun and engaging way, while technique and performance play a large role. Group classes allow students to feel less pressure because the teacher isn’t scrutinizing their every move, but are free to focus on the joy and fun of playing music.

Students ages 7 to 14 can choose up to 3 different classes in Drums, Guitar, Keyboard, Voice, or Ukulele.

Each class is 45 minutes long. We provide instruments, music, and materials needed.

We exist to make quality music and art classes accessible to every student in our community, beginning with elementary school students.

Register Now

Meet Our Teachers

 

Alex Buster – Drums

Alex discovered his passion for drumming at the young age of 12 after seeing his first rock show. Born and raised in Orange County, Alex attended Mater Dei High School where he played snare on their championship-winning drum line and began playing drums in his first rock band. That was when he knew he wanted to dedicate himself to pursuing a career in music. Throughout his college years, Alex continued to develop his musical talents performing countless shows as well as recording and releasing multiple records with his band Bristol to Memory. After graduating from CSUF in 2011, Alex toured nationally and internationally, playing festivals, and his band’s music was featured on national television and radio programs, MTV, VH1, KLOS, and most recently, released musical collaborations with the Anaheim Angels and Ducks. Alex’s love and passion for music have led him to pursue teaching, sharing his knowledge and expertise with the next generation of drummers. His individualized approach to teaching focuses on each student's unique needs, engaging each student’s creativity, and teaching the music YOU want to learn in a way that’s fun and exciting.

 

Miwha Choi – Piano

St. Luke Lutheran’s new church music director, organist, and pianist, MiWha Choi, was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. She started playing the piano at five years old. She holds a bachelor’s degree (2001) and a master’s degree (2004) in church music from the Chong Sin University. After graduation, MiWha began organ lessons and graduated with a master’s degree in Organ (2013) from the University of Houston. MiWha began her teaching career in 1996 with a diverse group of children and adults. As a graduate student in Korea, she taught group lessons for adults at the Gal Wol Welfare Center.

As a performer, MiWha has played in different churches around the world, especially in Japan and the United States. From 2002 to 2005 she was the pianist for the Lampas Ensemble with whom she recorded an album and became music director. She gained a full scholarship at the University of Iowa as well as a fellowship and the scholarship at the University of Texas for organ majors for a Doctorate of Musical Arts (D.M.A.). While in Iowa, she became a music director at Grace United Methodist Church in Tiffin, IA. Her latest degree is a doctorate in church music (D.C.M.) with a concentration in orchestra from at the World Mission University in Los Angeles. MiWha has collaborated on various projects with her sister MiRa, a professional modern jazz dancer; another sister, Milly Choi Sullivan of New York, a professional graphic designer; and, her brother-in-law, Adam Sullivan, a song writer. 

MiWha has come to appreciate the richness and depth of traditional western liturgy as expressed in the Lutheran tradition. She finds her inspiration in the classic musicians and authors in that tradition, such as Johann Sabastian Bach. MiWha believes that church music in worship is Soli Deo Gloria, “to the glory of God.” And, like Bach, she is a tireless worker perfecting her gifts. She believes whatever is performed in worship should be done to the best of our ability.

 

Rosiana Falzon – Voice, Ukulele

Born and raised in Huntington Beach, Rosiana (Rosy) has always had a love for all things music. Rosy graduated from Pomona College in Claremont, California, having majored in music with a focus in voice and music history, and minored in sociology. Her senior thesis, “Physical Gesture and Musical Rhetoric in Barbara Strozzi’s, ‘È Pazzo il mio Core’ (1664),” explored the ways in which physical gestures and musical figures interact with one another in Baroque Vocal music. Rosy also attended the Orange County School of the Arts for high school, where she studied classical voice for six years.

In college, Rosy sang with the Pomona College Choir and the Pomona College Glee Club,       tutored music theory, was a music librarian, and was an Assistant Choral Manager to the choir. In addition to classical and choral singing, Rosy has always had a passion for popular and electronic music, and was awarded the McCord Grant by Pomona College to take an online course through the Berklee College of Music on Ableton Live, a digital software program for creating music. Since graduating, Rosy has been doing outreach for The Music Center’s “Spotlight” Program, a performing arts competition for high school students in Southern California. She also teaches piano and voice lessons at JL Music School, and works for IUSD as a library media technician.

In teaching the next generation of musicians, Rosy is passionate about imparting practical performance skills and fostering a deep understanding and appreciation of how music works through discussing principles of music theory, composition, and history. She strongly believes that this holistic approach to music education is the future of music making, and hopes to impact students with skills that they can apply to all areas of their futures.

 

James Grover – Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele

James Grover has been playing guitar since the age of seven. He has toured professionally with some of the greatest musicians in the genres of rock, jazz, and blues and has credits on five professional albums. James has also taught guitar and bass for over twenty-five years, and he is a great luthier and guitar technician. He believes in keeping lessons fun and exciting, and motivating his students through the music they want to play.

 

Alek Lucatero – Drums

Hello! I'm Alek, drum teacher and member of Circuit Rider Music. My journey with drums began when I was young, and it's been a life changing adventure ever since. As a drummer, I love bringing energy and soul to each show and set with the band, not just creating unforgettable musical experiences. Teaching is a passion of mine; in my classes, I focus on helping each student find their unique rhythm and develop their skills, whether they're beginners or advanced players. Being part of my students' growth and sharing the joy of drumming is incredibly rewarding for me. Join me, and let's embark on a journey of rhythm, learning, and fun!

 

Ryan McLaughlin – Violin

Mr. Ryan McLaughlin works with violin students of all ages and helps each individual to play exceptional music as well as learn to laugh and enjoy the process of becoming a virtuosic violinist.

 

Katharine O’Dell – Guitar

Katharine O’Dell is a guitar instructor and has been playing for the better part of 20 years. Ultimately, her interests drove her to pursue her B.A in Music and she is currently a student at Orange Coast College. She loves playing guitar, bass, and occasionally singing. Now with almost 10 years of performing experience she is passionate about sharing her knowledge with those interested in learning different styles of pop, rock, and alternative music. She finds the most joy in watching her students grow and exceling in their musical abilities.

 

Tyler Wolsten – Voice and Piano

Hello! My name is Tyler Wolsten, and I have been teaching for over 15 years. I get asked a lot as to why I chose this field, and my go to response is about passion. I knew early on that I loved music, and one memory sticks out to me as the catalyst for my musical journey. When I was about 8 years old, I used to borrow my mom’s Walkman and listen to Stevie Wonder’s greatest hits. I remember one night grabbing it before dinner and singing my heart out in my room with my headphones on. Little did I know, my whole family was watching me from a crack in the door, and after I was done, they showered me with praise saying they had no idea I could sing like that. And that memory alone instilled so much passion, confidence, and love for music.

As I mentioned above, I have been teaching for over 15 years. I received my master’s in music from CSUF, where I had the pleasure of being a mainstage lead in all 4 of our Opera productions. I also made my LA and Berlin debut and have graced the stage with Vittorio Grigollo. I was the youngest professor at both Vanguard University and Chapman University at time of hire, which fills me with great pride. All that to say, I have a lot of experience singing with, and teaching very talented individuals, which I am eternally grateful for.

All this experience in performance and teaching though leaves me with a question of where do I go from here? Why do I teach? And the simple answer is that I love helping others. Music is just a medium, a conduit that allows me to instill invaluable assets in students. My passion for music alone isn’t enough because I want to do the best I can for others with the time I have here.

What do I do for fun outside of music you might be asking yourself? Well, I love to hike with my dog and my wife. I love going to the movies and watching anything new I can. I’m also a diehard Trailblazers fan as I’m from Oregon, but I guess the Lakers aren’t half bad. And like every other SoCal resident, I love going to the beach. Thank you for taking the time to get to know me a little.

 

Alisa Hopper – Director

Alisa Hopper joined the Salvation Army OC staff in January 2023 as the Director of Creative Arts and Music. She has been teaching, preaching, and leading worship in churches, schools, and organizations for over 30 years and hopes to always be teaching in some capacity. Her first instruments are piano and voice. Alisa deeply believes in music as the universal language and that it brings people closer to God, closer to each other, and makes us better humans overall. Her desire with the creative arts and music program is to see lives changed and improved because of making music in the name of Jesus Christ.

  

Summer Camps

Interactive Summer Day Camps in music and art will include keyboard, guitar, choir, and drums, as well as various art mediums such as painting, drawing, polymer clay, and mixed media. Camps will be one week long, June 24–28, Monday-Friday from 9:00am–12:00pm and will be packed with valuable lessons taught by local musicians, artists, and educators. On the last day of each camp, from 11:30am–12:00pm, parents will be invited to a concert or art exhibit to see what their students have been creating and practicing.

Registration opens in March 2024.

Registration opportunities

 

Free Class:

Private Drums:

Private Acoustic Guitar:

Private Piano:

Private Violin:

Private Voice:

Private Ukelele:

Private Bass:

Private Electric Guitar:

Private Mandolin:

Questions?

Interested in enriching music education for your child? Please feel free to submit the form with any questions you have, and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.