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Music Academy

Music Academy

St. Mark’s Lutheran Opens Music Academy


Classes and Lessons Start September 24, 2018

Oaklyn, NJ—  St. Mark’s Lutheran Church

An Idea Sparks into Reality
In 2017, Pastor Jay Berry of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Oaklyn realized the need for children and adults to be able to have affordable access to training in music. After an initial conversation between Pastor Jay and George Akerley, Minister of Music at St. Mark’s, they started the process of assessing the need in the Oaklyn community. A committee was formed, and as of Fall 2018, the first classes and lessons will be offered. The primary goal is to offer high-quality music training at St. Mark’s and also at Bridge of Peace Community Church.


Our Mission

St. Mark’s Music Academy seeks to provide an introduction to music appreciation, training, and technique through classroom and private lessons, allowing students to explore potential without a significant investment of time or money.


Classes and Private Lessons

Classes and Private Lessons are offered in Six Week Sessions. Classes are affordable and start at just $15. per class and $25. for 30-minute private lessons.

  • Affordable Music Classes

  • Private Lessons for All Ages

  • Trained Teachers

  • Financial Assistance

  • Free Parking


Piano Class Students will learn all the fundamentals of music while learning to play the piano using material that can be adapted to the student’s progress.

Group Singing and Music Appreciation Class Students, working in a group, will be taught how to read music and will learn basic music fundamentals by singing hymns or other songs.
Songwriting Basics Class – Levels I and II This class is for anyone who has ever wanted to write their own songs. We will look at how a popular song is “put together” and how to write lyrics.

Why Music? A Look at Music, Its History, and Its Influence in Today’s World - Levels I and II An historical and evolutionary look at the development of music and its effect on our human culture.


Young children with developed rhythm skills perform better academically in early school years. Music students are better equipped to comprehend mathematical and scientific concepts. A ten-year study tracking more than 25,000 students shows that music-making improves test scores.

In study after study, scientists are finding correlations between music-making and some of the deepest workings of the human brain. Research has linked active music-making with better language and math ability, improved school grades, better adjusted social behavior and improvements in spatial-temporal reasoning, which is the foundation of engineering and science.

Piano Note
  • Piano

  • Church Organ

  • Voice

  • Guitar

  • Clarinet

  • Saxophone

  • Trumpet

  • Trombone

  • Celtic Harp

  • Composition & Arranging

Be Inspired
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