Frank Quintero, a Venezuelan music producer, multi-instrumentalist, and composer, heads our Music Institute. Quintero gained fame in the early 1980s alongside well-known names in the music industry, such as Franco de Vita and Ilan Chester Yordano. At the height of his career, he achieved great popularity and earned international recognition.
Our after school instruction includes guitar, bass, drums, percussion, piano, voice, and songwriting. We have jam sessions with our teachers, covering pop, rock, ballads, and jazz, with an extensive repertoire ranging from classics to Top 40.
At our music institute, we utilize an individualized approach to each student, depending on ability levels. For beginners with little or no experience, we select a basic way to guide them through the instruments so they are able to play comfortably. For those most advanced, we spend time on favorite songs and provide instruction on how to make them sound better.
The Shelton Pop is our in-house band, comprised of the most distinguished students playing every instrument along with a vocal group that performs throughout the school year at various holiday festivities.
Piano Lessons with Mr. David Velez
David Vélez has been in the music classroom for eighteen years. He teaches at Shelton Academy during the school day, and in the afternoons he imparts piano lessons and musical theater workshops.
At Shelton, we consider it extremely important that we offer an opportunity for our students to learn to play a musical instrument. Research has demonstrated that learning to play the piano, or any other musical instrument, stimulates certain areas of the brain that control fine motor skills, memory, and speech. Additionally, the self-discipline needed to practice the piano on a regular basis gives students a special awareness about the process of learning that carries over into their academic lives.
The piano lessons entail reading music notation written on a staff and interpreting the correct keys in order to play on the keyboard. The student must also determine how long notes must be played for, how many beats there are in a measure, and which note gets one beat during that measure. These types of mental exercises and hand-eye coordination strengthen a child’s academic performance particularly in the areas of science, mathematics, and reading. Piano classes are given after school upon availability.
Students who participate in drama courses often experience higher standardized test scores, improved reading comprehension, have more engagement in school, and maintain better attendance records than those who do not participate in them. In addition, arts programs build social and communication skills, have been shown to improve students’ self-esteem, and are directly linked to an increase in their confidence and academic abilities.
Theater workshops take place on Tuesdays from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Students develop acting abilities, rid themselves of stage fright, and improve speech skills!