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The After School Arts Program is a ministry of Johns Island Presbyterian Church committed to bridging the gap in arts education for K-12 students in the greater Charleston area. Our objective is to make music lessons affordable and accessible to students who would not otherwise study music.
At ASAP we strive to inspire each student to love music, to meet his/her potential, and to share music with others. The number one goal is to provide a positive, invigorating environment where students can experience music as a means of creative self-expression as well as disciplined self-improvement. The secondary goal is to give students a solid foundation in musical skills (performance artistry, technique, theory, sight-reading, and ear-training) that will be applicable to a future in music as well as other areas of learning. The end result of these objectives is performance, which provides students long-term goals, an opportunity to enhance the lives of others with their gift, and confidence that can be applied to all areas of life. Students are required to participate in two recitals annually and a community service project each semester. They also have the opportunity to participate in events such as the Feeding of the Multitude in the fall, local music festivals in the spring, as well as performing at local nursing homes throughout the year. These activities offer the opportunity to earn ribbons and trophies for their accomplishments.
Private lessons are offered weekly on Thursday afternoons and students are expected to practice regularly between lessons. Lessons are tailored to each student's individual needs. Students receive a healthy snack, a thirty-minute private lesson, and access to the computer lab. A fee of $0.50/lesson is payable weekly, monthly, or quarterly, this income is used to purchase music and supplies for the program. A group class offered on the last Saturday of each month at 3:00 P.M and is open to all students at no charge. Students play theory, rhythm, and ear-training games, learn performance skills, and enjoy an unhealthy snack!
ASAP is entirely dependent on volunteers, and the support of parents, students, and members of the community. Students learn from qualified musicians who want to give back to their community, spreading the gift of music to a new generation of artists. Participation in the ASAP program is often more rewarding for the teachers and volunteers than for the students.
Learn how you can become involved in the ASAP program.