Music Theory II with Dr. Kevin McKinney January
Harmony, part-writing, counterpoint, arranging. Learn how to put different parts together to create a greater whole. Instructor will be in contact to set up dates and times once you have registered.
A message from Dr. Kevin McKinney (Click here)
Beginning Piano with Dr. Kevin McKinney January
Learn to play piano and to read standard notation at the same time! Systematic, time-tested approach makes it easy. No book needed; teacher will provide lesson sheets to download and print. Instructor will be in contact to set up dates and times once you have registered.
Piano Lessons with Cheryl Black January
Cheryl Black is a retired music teacher who has been giving private piano lessons for over 20 years.
Classes are paid for by the month. The teacher will contact students as to days and times once they have registered. (ages 8 to adult)
Music Classroom protocols for in person lessons
Voice Lessons with Amanda Britt (Online)
Amanda Britt is a graduate of Winthrop University. She studied Opera, Musical Theatre and Classical Music. Amanda has been performing in shows at the AC for 4 years and teaches several Musical Theatre classes for all ages. She has been the musical director for the AC’s children’s shows for the last 4 years. Amanda is also available to teach music theory. Classes are paid for by the month. The teacher will contact students as to days and times once they have registered. (ages 8 to adult)
Band instruments with Ike Pitts
Ike Pitts has taught for 6 years in the Kershaw County School District most recently teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th grade bands at North Central Middle School and serving as the assistant director for the Silver Knights Marching Band at North Central High School. Ike also serves as organist and accompanist at Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church in Camden.
Ike is a product of Kershaw County - a graduate of Camden High School. He received a degree in music from Newberry College and a degree in music education from Winthrop University.
Instructor will be in contact to set up dates and times once you have registered.
Keyboard instruments with Ike Pitts
Music Composition with Ike Pitts
Harp with Nina Brooks
7 years through adults
Join Nina Brooks to learn that most magical of instruments, the harp. Nina teaches classical study (Salzedo) of technique, method and repertoire, as well as folk study of Celtic repertoire. You will learn origination, memorization and theory.
INFORMATION on rental or purchasing individual harps is available from teacher with lists of suppliers.
Paint Projects for Kids with Miss Jessie Age 4-9
Each week Miss Jessie will bring you a new paint project. She will teach you step by step how to bring your painting to life. The teacher will be in touch with the students/parents to let then know when and where to find the lessons once you have registered.
How to Read Music All ages with Amanda Britt
In this class you will learn how to read music. We will cover everything from basic music theory to how to find your notes on the piano. Knowing how to read music is very important if you want to be in a musical or a choir. It is also important for anyone interested in music. This is for all levels of readers. Some of this will be a review for some and brand new for others! Sunday (4 weeks) 6pm to 7pm
Brass Instruments with Dr. Kevin McKinney January
Improve your playing with better embouchure, technique, reading, efficient practice, and musicianship. Detailed curriculum based on student’s needs and goals. Get better fast! Instructor will be in contact to set up dates and times once you have registered.
Voice Lessons with Jaston Hawes January
Jaston Hawes graduated from the USC/Columbia earning a Performance Certificate in Voice as well as his B.A. in Music Education (K-12). He earned his Masters in Choral Conducting (under the direction of Dr. Larry Wyatt and Dr. Alicia Walker) and served as the assistant Director of the Dutch Fork Choral society). Jaston has acted as the music director for musicals at the AC for the last 3 years and teaches General Music Education for Kershaw County Public Schools. Classes are paid for by the month. The teacher will contact students as to days and times once they have registered. (ages 8 to adult)
Musicianship with Dr Kevin McKinney January
Build the ability to recognize and understand basic elements of music; learn to read notation and to “see what you hear, and hear what you see.” You’ll sing from notation, play games that sharpen your sense of rhythm, and learn the language of music. May be combined with basic keyboard or guitar. Instructor will be in contact to set up dates and times once you have registered.
Songwriting/Composition with Dr. Kevin McKinney January
Learn to write your own songs, or sharpen your existing skills. Create lyrics, chords, beats, or melodies as unique as you are. All skill levels welcome. Instructor will be in contact to set up dates and times once you have registered.
Piano Lessons with Jaston Hawes January
Covid Protocols for in person classes
Creating a Self Portrait with Lori Isom
Learn the basics of creating a self-portrait. We'll be using charcoal sticks (to make learning how to shade easy), and white Bristol paper.
6 weeks (30 minute sessions). Class size 4-10 students; Ages 13 and up. Instructor will be in contact to provide links for the class once you have registered.
Click for video for a message from Lori Isom!
Music Theory I with Dr. Kevin McKinney January
Learn the fundamental building blocks of music! Notation of pitch and rhythm, scales, intervals, chords, basic harmony. Instructor will be in contact to set up dates and times once you have registered.
Beginning Guitar with Dr. Kevin McKinney January
Learn to play guitar and to read standard notation at the same time! Systematic, time-tested approach makes it easy. No book needed; teacher will provide lesson sheets to download and print. Instructor will be in contact to set up dates and times once you have registered.
Scene Study/Character Development with Thomas Santiago Wright
Teens 16+ and Adults
Student’s will mastering the acting technique of taking a scene and breaking it down to bring their best performance. Study will cover scene structure, actions and motivations, along with character development. As part of the 4 week training sessions, students will perform their chosen scene role, opposite instructor as their scene partner, for class review. Materials provided by instructor. Saturdays 1-3 pm
Limit 8 students
Appropriate Covid-19 protocols will be followed for this class and students or parents will need to sign a waiver to attend.
Project: Photo with Richard Kiraly
This series is for Ages 10 through Adult.
Entry-Level Class: designed to be fun and interactive - students work independently (parental supervision recommended for minors).
Each session will focus on one single theme, technique, or subject. Students will be given a photo assignment weekly and will take the whole week to complete a final piece or pieces. Sessions will be a live online (Zoom) session, which will include a presentation and review of the piece(s), discussion, and constructive critique, followed by a new Mission.
Each session is designed to be modular so that students can take on a single project, or a series of projects. Pricing is available per-class or per-four week session. Can't make the LIVE Session time slot? Purchase the Single-Class option for access to the recorded sessions at your convenience. Projects will continue indefinitely as long as there is interest.
All equipment is allowed. There are no special supplies or equipment required other than access to a portable camera such as a cell phone, laptop, instant, film, digital, or video camera. This series is for ages 10 and up.
Richard Kiraly is a photographer who's primary goal is to celebrate and document the Arts in all of its forms. A South Carolina resident since 2001, he has worked with Town Theatre, Trustus Theatre, and The Arts Center of Kershaw County to spotlight theatrical art and artists from all over the state and beyond.
Adult and teens, put on your creative hat and come play in the clay with Debra Gregory as your guide. Using pinch methods, coiling, slab rolling and various methods for decorating, you will create functional and decorative pottery. Introduction to the wheel is available. All experience levels welcome. All pottery created in this class is food safe. Limit 5 students
Clay may be purchased through the Arts Center for $25 per bag in the online store under the donation button on the homepage at
Appropriate Covid-19 protocols will be followed for this class. Students or parents will need to sign a waiver to attend. See below for a copy of the Protocols and the Waiver
Clay Studio Protocols Rvsd.pdf
Waiver of Liability for Participation in Classes new.pdf
Tuesday Kid’s After School Clay - Grades 4-8
Kids put on your creative hat and come play in the clay with Debra Gregory as your guide. Using pinch methods, coiling, slab rolling and various methods for decorating, you will get a great introduction to the clay and create some fun projects. All experience levels welcome. Materials provided for this class. 6 weeks Limit 5 students
Art for Kids with Missy Ward
The main goal for this class is to get students ages 5-8 to love art! We will look at the basic concepts of art, practice basic art skills, use various art mediums, learn about famous artists and feel successful at being an artist ! After all, a famous artist named Picasso, once said, “Every child is an artist.” And he should know!
Register by Friday before first class. Six Sessions
Appropriate Covid-19 protocols will be followed for this class. Students or parents will need to sign a waiver to attend.
Pottery: Wheel-Throwing with Anne Schultz
Throw it! Have fun learning to make and finish pottery on the potter’s wheel. Classes cover centering clay, forming, trimming and glazing pots, to create your own useful and decorative items. Experienced students will work on advancing their skills and creating a personal style. All skill levels are welcome! Class sizes are limited to maintain social distancing. Masks are required. Limit 5 students
Clay for Kids with Missy Ward - Grades 1-3
Students will learn the very basics of working with clay. We will learn how to hand build small projects using pinch pots, slabs, and coils. Students will learn the importance of what it means to 'slip and score' to keep their projects from falling apart! This class is more about the process than the product, but students will still have a fun time, learn a lot about clay and make some cool stuff! And we will get dirty! So, please wear old clothes! 6 weeks
Register by Friday before first class