Christ Methodist Day School is excited to have the Maxine Moore Music Academy as part of its enrichment offerings.  The MMMA was founded in 2005, thanks to a generous donation made by Mr. Ray Moore in honor of his late wife, Maxine Moore.  Our goal is to bring glory to God by providing excellent musical instruction that will enable our students to achieve their personal best in musical expression.  All MMMA instructors are dedicated Christian professionals with college degrees or Music Conservatory certificates in their respective fields.  Private instrument and voice lessons and ROCK 3:16 praise band classes are open to the community.

Lessons

Piano

Piano classes incorporate learning the skill of reading music as well as theory. Pupils study the language of music and learn to communicate on a musical level. Music appreciation will also be approached once a month studying famous composers. At certain levels the iPad will be used to allow them to listen and play along with orchestral background music to familiar pop and classical songs.

Organ

Although it looks much like a piano, learning the organ involves an additional set of skills. The student can expect to learn bass pedal technique, the use of drawbars and the volume pedal. The fundamental techniques and theory of music are fairly universal and of equal importance, but the repertoire and the mandated techniques that the student will learn are unique to the organ.

Guitar

Beginners learn the standard music fundamentals: Staff, time signature, note divisions, melody, accompaniment. They play songs from the public domain as well as those of their choosing as they advance. Continuing students learn scales, modes, harmony, theory, repertoire and the elements of several styles, including rock, jazz, blues, and pop. Electric and acoustic guitar are equally suitable.

Bass Guitar

This course is for the electric bass guitar and focuses on the beginner. The student can expect to learn the name of the notes on the instrument and the various ways in which the bass guitar interacts within the rhythm section. There is an emphasis on arpeggios and following common charts. An introduction to the blues will precede rock, jazz, pop and other contemporary musical formats.

Violin and Viola

Beginning students build a foundation for solid playing skills, healthy practice habits, and a basis for musical understanding.Students learn proper stance or sitting position and how to hold the instrument and bow. They can expect to develop strong fundamental technique that includes correct bow pressure, legato and staccato techniques, intonation and the fundamentals for producing a beautiful sound.

Cello

Beginning students build a foundation for solid playing skills, healthy practice habits, and a basis for musical understanding. Students learn proper stance or sitting position and how to hold the instrument and bow. They can expect to develop strong fundamental technique that includes correct bow pressure, legato and staccato techniques, intonation and fundamentals for producing a beautiful sound.

Drums

This beginner course uses the trap set. Students learn rhythmic fundamentals, including the parts and names of the drum kit, note divisions, time signature, tempo and dynamics. Aside from standard “back-beats” and 6/8 ballads, there will also be fills and beat variations. Everything in this course pertains to the drum kit as an element in an ensemble situation.

Woodwinds

The two most important things a beginning woodwind player will learn are the position and tension of the lips, or embouchure, and which combination of keys produces each note. As the student progresses, the teacher will introduce simple, short and recognizable melodies and teach exercises to improve finger dexterity and breath control, as well as elements needed for good tone.

Low Brass

The embouchure, which is the pressure and position of the lips, is essential to learning any brass instrument. The student will learn which combinations of the three valves, or in the case of the trombone, the seven positions, will produce each pitch. The student will learn breath control, theory and repertoire, which will be studied by reading notes, specifically using the bass clef.

Voice

Beginner students can expect to learn about posture, diction, tension-free singing and breath management. As they continue, they will advance into vowel-shaping, the foundation of good tone and resonance, and smooth vocal transition. The repertoire will vary to demonstrate and become familiar with assorted techniques. Stage presence and confidence is emphasized in preparation for recitals and performances.

ROCK 3:16

The primary genre for this band class is driven by the group’s musical tastes. Students learn to work and perform as a band, using pop, praise, and country music, as well as rock ‘n roll standards. Returning bands learn about multi-track recording, traditional and modern promotion, and audio/video production. They’re encouraged and assisted to perform in the community. Past engagements include Mid-South Fair Talent Show, Hard Rock Café, The Sky Zone, and private parties.

Instructors

Rick Forbus
Rick ForbusGuitar
After playing in rock combos in the late seventies, Rick moved to San Antonio to study under Jackie King and jazz legend Herb Ellis at the Southwest Guitar Conservatory. Upon returning to Memphis, he immediately began giving lessons and playing the local venues. His house gigs have included (but are not limited to) The Peabody, Grand Casino, and Adams Mark hotels, and clubs on Beale Street. He developed “Rock School” in the early nineties, and later, ROCK 3:16. Between those dates, he authored the three-book series; “The Young Christians’ Guitar Method”. Rick has given an estimated 30,000 guitar lessons, which is evidenced by the fact that his former students have sold millions of records. On any given night they may be seen performing from Beale Street to stadiums around the world. To learn more, click on the photo.
Jackie Johnson
Jackie Johnsonvoice
Jackie Johnson studied opera under Katherine Smith at the University of Memphis and has frequently performed with Opera Memphis. Jackie has maintained an in-demand status as a session vocalist and performer in the national and international arenas. Her vocals (on stage or in studio) have contributed to works by Lenny Kravitz, Sam Moore (Sam and Dave), Ann Peebles, Otis, Clay, Alex Chilton, Huey Lewis and too many others to tally here. She has been twice named best female vocalist by the local chapter of the Recording Academy and her solo gospel albums have been met with critical praise. Jackie appeared on the soundtrack of the acclaimed film Hustle and Flow and performed at the Parretto Soul Festival and the highly venerated Montreaux Jazz Festival. Her real-world experience encompasses jazz, classical, pop, rock, blues, soul and gospel.
Beth Luscombe
Beth Luscombeviola and violin
Beth Luscombe is a member of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. She is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music with a degree in viola performance. An active free-lancer in the Mid-South, she formed the Beth Luscombe Strings and performs for numerous special music occasions. She has performed and recorded for many high profile commercial artists including Rod Stewart, Al Green and Kallen Esperia. She counts The Lion King, My Fair Lady and South Pacific among her theater works. Beth currently performs with numerous churches, the Eroica Orchestra, The Jackson (TN) Symphony, the IRIS Orchestra, and the Orpheum Theatre Orchestra. Before coming to Memphis, she was assistant principal of the Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico and the Ohio Chamber Orchestra. In Cleveland, she had an active private teaching studio and was a faculty member of the Cleveland Institute of Music. To learn more, click on the photo.
Greg LuscombeLow Brass
Greg Luscombe has been the principal trombonist with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra since 1989. His previous posts include Chicago, St. Louis and Cleveland among others. He was the low brass teacher at The University of Mississippi from 2005-2012 with additional experience including: adjunct faculty positions at the University of Memphis, Murray State University, Union University and others. Mr.Luscombe has been an active private teacher of low brass instruments in this area for over 23 years and enjoys teaching students of all ages and abilities with many of his former students now enjoying their own successes. Parts of every summer are spent as a faculty member at the Masterworks Festival at Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana (sponsored and administrated by the Christian Performing Artists Fellowship). In addition to this, he is a sought-after soloist and recitalist with nearly innumerable credits.
Alisha Rufty
Alisha RuftyCello
Alisha Rufty holds a bachelor’s in music education from Florida State, a performance certificate from Penn State, and a master’s of music in cello from the University of Memphis. She is currently working toward her doctorate at the U of M, under the guidance of Leo Altino. Ms. Rufty’s major teachers have included Lubomir Georgiev, Leo Altino, Kim Cook and Mihai Tetel. A former orchestra director at Houston High and Collierville High, Ms. Rufty grew the programs from seventeen students to eighty in just four years. Both schools received superior ratings at regional competitions under her direction. Her free-lance work includes performances with the Jackson and Tupelo Symphonies in Mississippi, as well as the Williamsport and Central Pennsylvania Orchestras in Pennsylvania. She has also performed with a variety of recording artists, including Roberta Flack, Amy Grant, the Beach Boys, and ABBA
Mary Simon
Mary SimonPiano
Mary received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa. Then, as a post graduate, she enrolled in continuing education in piano performance and studied with two concert pianists. She spent twelve years in the San Francisco area where she served as treasurer (one year) and president (two years) of the Music Teachers Association. During this time, she also served as a judge for a California certification program, and organized festivals, competitions and concerts. Her active Memphis memberships include; The Music Teachers National Association, The Greater Memphis Music Teachers Association, The Beethoven Club and several others. As an instructor, her goal is to instill an appreciation for music from all four periods – Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary. Mary tailors each lesson so that the individual best learns the theory and technique that is foundational for a lifetime love of music.

Richard Wright
Richard WrightPiano, Organ, Saxophone, Flute and Clarinet
A native Memphian and Messick High School clarinetist, Richard earned his bachelor’s degree from St. Louis Institute of Music in 1966. He continued with graduate studies in organ at the University of Memphis, and served for twenty four years as an organist at Merton Avenue Baptist Church before taking on a similar role at Union Avenue Baptist. During that time, he was also working full time as a computer specialist. Richard’s long-time interest in electronics led him to earn his associate’s degree in Telecommunications Engineering from State Tech (1995). After a thirty-five year career with Nationwide Insurance, he retired to perform and teach music full-time. Richard enjoys teaching clarinet, saxophone, flute, organ and piano at the M.M.M.A. throughout the week, while continuing to serve as organist and instrumentalist for Union Avenue Baptist, a position he has held since 1997.

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