Register for 2020-2021 private lessons at Hill Country Christian School!

To help us match you up with the correct teacher and schedule, please fill out the following registration.  If you would like to keep the same music teacher from last year, please indicate that in the registration.

Lesson schedules will be confirmed before school starts in August.

Lessons will be held on-site at Hill Country Christian School and/or online, depending on the needs of our students.

Tuition may be paid in full for the school year, or split into 9 equal payments.

Tuition

  • Tuition for 30 minute lessons:  $140 per month, paid by auto credit card draft from August-April (9 equal monthly payments).
  • If paid in full, tuition is $1,220 for the school year
  • Tuition is currently based on 32 private lessons, 2 makeup lessons, and 2 recitals.
  • Recital participation and makeup lessons included in tuition.

Hill Country Music Conservatory Policies

  • Tuition must be paid in full by the 1st of the month.  Tuition is divided up into 9 equal payments, due on the first of the months from August-April.
  • No refunds will be given if lessons are missed. *During the 2020-2021 school year, we will be as flexible as possible in working with families due to COVID.  Please notify us if your family situation changes so that we can adjust lessons accordingly.  
  • Monthly tuition is the same regardless of the number of lessons per month.
  • A late fee of $25 will be added to invoices that are not paid in full by the 1st lesson of the month.
  • Each student may receive 1 make up lesson per semester for illness or conflicting school activities.  You must notify either your private teacher or Velocity Music Academy the day before the lesson to receive your make-up credit.
  • No make-ups will be given if your child forgets their lesson, and/or does not show up without a previous day’s notice.
  • Enrollment is for the entire school year.  If your child is struggling with lessons, please let us know so that we can come up with ways to keep him/her engaged in the important process of music education.
  • Practice and assignment sheets will go home with your child weekly.  Please read through these assignment sheets with your child so that you are aware of their practice time at home.

Mary Adams

Mary Adams

Piano, mary4music@gmail.com

My name is Mary Adams and I am excited to come back to teach piano to HCCSA students. I have been teaching piano at HCCSA conservatory for the last 5 years.

I’m married to a great supportive husband and we have a son who is 16 years old. Alan has been home schooled all his life. I graduated in piano from “Sao Paulo Music Conservatory” in Brazil where I was born. Following my graduation  I received an one year scholarship to study in Japan in l989 at Sapporo – Hokkaido.

I have been teaching piano for the last 15 years at my home studio in north Leander. I have around 30 students during the week.

I taught music for an umbrella program to homeschoolers kinder to 6th grader at Summit Christian Academy from 2004 to 2006. I was a director and a music teacher of Grace Harbor Learning LLC for homeschooler from 2007 to 2011. Nowadays, I continue teaching music to homeschoolers at The Rock Enrichment Academy.

I am a member of Music Teachers National Association; Texas Music Teacher Association and Austin District Music Teacher Association. I am music theory chairman and ensemble conductor at Bluebonnet Music Teacher Association.

Music and piano have added such richness in my life and I have a desire to teach others about it so that they may be as blessed as I am. I appreciate all these years of teaching because of the relationships made with students and also the joy of seeing students learning how to play piano and understand the intrinsic value of Music.

I pray that your children will enjoy piano; but I pray most of all that they will understand music to be a gift from God. Thank you for the privilege of allowing me to teach them.

“Let us come before him with thanksgiving and praise him with music and song!” Psalm 95:2

Mary Lee

Mary Lee

piano, mlee72@gmail.com

Mrs. Mary Lee has been teaching piano in the Conservatory for 7 years. She is a member of the Music Teachers National Association, the Texas Music Teachers Association, and the Bluebonnet Music Teachers Association.

Mrs. Lee was born in Seoul, Korea and moved to the U.S. with her family when she was 14 years old. She started playing piano at age seven and began teaching piano at age 18. During her school years, she won several Piano Solo Contests and music theory festivals, and ultimately received a degree in Piano from the University of Massachusetts. Mrs. Lee has served as a piano accompanist for churches, school orchestras & choirs.

She also teaches piano lessons in her home. Mrs. Lee lives in Cedar Park, TX, with her husband and 2 loving children, who are both currently studying piano, and attends Hill Country Bible Church Northwest. Her son is a 7th grader here at Hill Country Christian School.

Sandra Burnaman

Sandra Burnaman

Piano and Voice

Sandra Burnaman, a native of Singapore, holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Singapore Bible College and earned a Master of Music Education degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas.

She was piano instructor in the Fine Arts Academy at First Baptist Church of Keller, Texas, from 2001-2007 and was on the music faculty at Regents School of Austin from 2007-2009, where she taught piano and kindergarten music. She also taught piano in the Performing Arts Center at Great Hills Baptist Church from 2007-2014.

In addition to piano teaching, Mrs. Burnaman has had much experience in the field of church music, serving as pianist and in children’s choir ministries at Grace Baptist Church of Singapore, MacArthur Blvd. Baptist Church in Irving, Texas, and Hillcrest Baptist Church in Austin, Texas. She and her husband, Stephen, also a pianist and music educator, are currently members of Hyde Park Baptist Church here in Austin. Their son, Seth, attends Hill Country Christian School.

Tammy Ramalho

Tammy Ramalho

Piano, Voice, and Clarinet, young children, children with disabilities

Tammy was born and raised in London, Kentucky, there she started studying piano at the age of 8 and took lessons throughout high school. Tammy transitioned to playing the clarinet in Middle School. Much of Tammy’s middle school and high school experience involves marching band competitions. In high school, Tammy received the John Phillips Sousa National Band and the Semper Fidelis Music and Leadership Excellence awards. She is a graduate of Cumberland College where she majored in music performance with certifications in clarinet, vocals, and piano. She minored in elementary education. For over 23 years, Tammy been teaching private applied music lessons. She holds a MusikGarten certification and has used that to teach children of all age’s basic music appreciation and concepts. Prior to moving to Texas, Tammy was involved in the London, KY community orchestra and volunteered for many years to play the piano for local weddings and church groups. With her background in childhood education and music, Tammy has many years working with kids with disabilities.

Jerry Thompson

Jerry Thompson

Guitar and Ukulele

Jerry started playing guitar at age 11 and he and 2 friends started a garage band in junior high school. By age 18 he was teaching private lessons. Originally self-taught, he was later instructed in jazz guitar by Noel Smith and in classical guitar by Frank Hardcastle and Hansford Johnson (an Andre Segovia master class alum). He has attended guitar clinics and seminars by Robben Ford, Howard Roberts, Jerry Donahue, and Doyle Dykes.
Jerry taught at Amarillo College for 26 years where he taught guitar to classes as large as 35-40 students. Styles taught included Classical, Jazz, Rock, Country & Western, Modern Acoustic, Reggae, Heavy Metal, and others. Classes included music theory and were taught as individual performance and as ensembles (4-10 players). He has taught beginner to advanced private lessons to individual students for approximately 46 years and has taught at numerous band camps through the years.