Welcome to the best place to take music classes in Southwest Florida!

OUR PURPOSE

Our purpose is simple. First, we want to be a place where God-given talent is fostered and every student and their family are touched by God’s love through us. Secondly, we desire to be a dynamic center for quality instruction in a safe, Christian environment with highly, qualified and caring instructors.

OUR CLASSES

We offer private lessons in music—voice, piano, guitar,drums, bass, strings, brass, and woodwinds. Our classes are available to the Southwest Florida community, kindergarten-age through adult.

Parents are welcome in any lesson, but we also have a comfortable waiting area for families with rehearsal keyboards, toys/books, cable television, and free Wi-Fi.

Piano

Guitar

Voice

Drums

Violin & Cello

Brass

Private lessons designed to meet your learning style and level!

SWFL Creative Arts Academy is committed to providing:

Qualified Instructors

We bring together qualified instructors and aspiring students in our community.

Competitive Pricing

The academy provides the most competitive pricing in this area, without sacrificing quality.

Leadership Training

Our skilled instructors train and develop leaders in all areas of the arts.

Discipline

We help students reach God-given potential by instilling discipline and Christian character development.

Love for the Arts

Our instructors help each student reach his or her God-given potential by instilling a love for the arts.

Christian Environment

The Creative Arts Academy provides a safe, Christian environment for both students and instructors.

OUR STAFF

Meet our wonderful and talented music teachers!

Jonathan Sawyer

Director

Pastor Jonathan Sawyer is originally from North Carolina. He began leading worship at a young age and has been a church musician for over twenty years. Before joining the First Assembly staff in November 2013, Pastor Sawyer had previously served churches in Fort Mill, South Carolina, and Mobile, Alabama.

Pastor Jonathan graduated from Lee University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. While in college, he traveled in the United States and abroad with The Voices of Lee, an a capella ensemble most recently featured on ABC’s “The Sing-Off” and as part of the 2013 Presidential Inauguration.

Pastor Sawyer is a skilled musician and an even more passionate worshiper. He oversees all areas of music ministry at First Assembly, including weekly worship services at the Central Campus, special events, and The Southwest Florida Creative Arts Academy. One of his greatest joys is to see people of all ages engage in worship together.

Pastor Jonathan is married to Christy who is the Dean of the Creative Arts Academy and his Administrative Assistant, and is thrilled to be a part of the First Assembly of God family. He and Christy believe whole-heartedly that “the best is yet to come!”

Courtney Blackwell

Voice
Originally from Cordele, GA, Courtney is a graduate of Lee University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Music-Voice, and traveled with the Lee Singers ensemble. Courtney completed college internships at Community Bible Church in Highlands, NC, and at First Assembly of God in Fort Myers.

Nicholas Hanaburgh

Drums
Nicholas received his Bachelors in Music from Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL, where he studied under Ian Goodman and specialized in jazz drumming. He toured with the Christian group “Mike Burns Band,” and has performed for President Bush and Joyce Meyer, as well as at Disney.

Steven Van Loozenoord

Piano
Steven is the Assistant Minister of Music at First Assembly. He received his Bachelors of Music in Jazz Piano Performance from the Jacobs School of Music on the campus of Indiana University where he studied as a Jacobs Scholar, the most prestigious merit-based honor given by the conservatory.

Heidi Thompson

Piano & Violin
Under the instruction of Dr. Poung-ah Tak, Heidi earned a Piano Performance degree from Southeastern. She has performed in a public masterclass for Paul Jacobs (chairman of Julliard’s pipe organ department), and played first violin in the Dayton Philharmonic Youth and Dayton University Orchestras.

Charlotte Moore

Voice & Piano
Charlotte holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Southeastern University and is certified by the Board of Education in the state of Florida. She has taught voice and piano lessons for over 25 years and served as a Music Teacher, and choral director for K-5, middle and high school.

Allison Van Loozenoord

Voice
Allison graduated from Lee University with a minor in vocal performance under the instruction of Dr. Cheryl Brendel, a notable coloratura soprano. She toured the U.S. and abroad singing first soprano for The Voices of Lee, has performed for a Presidential Inauguration, and on America’s Got Talent.

Bethany Smith

Piano & Brass
Bethany earned degrees in both French horn and Music Education at Baldwin-Wallace University Conservatory of Music in Berea, OH. She also received her Master of Music Education from Florida State. Bethany teaches at FMCS and plays in the French horn section of the Gulf Coast Symphony.

James Williams

Guitar
James has been teaching guitar, bass guitar and Ukelele in Southwest Florida for 13 years. Notable achievements include receiving a Full-Sail Scholarship. One of his students became a trained Guitar Luthier, and others have recorded albums (such as Luke Yurich, an up and coming artist).

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The SWFL Creative Arts Academy is a ministry of First Assembly of God, Fort Myers, Florida. Our desire is to train and develop leaders in all areas of the arts. We offer private lessons, for children and adults, designed to meet your learning style and level.

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