School of Fine Arts
Since 1997 the SFA has been providing quality instruction, enriching the lives of its students, the church and the community. Through a diversely experienced, highly skilled, and educated faculty we offer superior instruction to students of any age or level of ability, whether preparing for college and career or learning for personal enjoyment and fulfillment.
The First Baptist Church, centrally located in downtown Chattanooga, provides a fine facility with a safe and nurturing atmosphere. We are equipped with large studios and practice rooms, an excellent recital hall, contrasting performing venues and reception halls, with ample and free parking.
Our students consistently achieve excellence and have shown their abilities through winning many awards and scholarships. They have also enhanced the cultural offerings of the community by giving of their musical and artistic talents, while deepening their own artistic understanding.
To offer those in the Chattanooga community opportunities to develop and enhance their artistic, God-given talents in a loving, supportive atmosphere with a professional faculty of the highest quality; and to provide the congregation of First Baptist Church a unique ministry opportunity to reach out and share the love of Christ in the Chattanooga community through the gifts of the arts and arts education.
Who May Register?
Private music instruction is offered to anyone desiring to begin or continue her or his musical training. Adults and children may enroll and will receive appropriate instruction which is adapted to each student's age and experience. If you have questions, please call the SFA Office and we can provide answers. Generally, 2nd grade or higher is an appropriate time to begin piano or violin lessons, and middle school age is appropriate to begin voice and wind instrument lessons.
What Instruction Is Offered?
Private instruction in Voice, Piano, Strings, Organ, Guitar, Winds (clarinet, trumpet, flute and horn), Percussion, Acting, and Conducting is offered. All instructors and lesson times are subject to availability.
The School of Fine Arts is pleased to offer instruction by some of the most highly qualified musicians and creative artists in the Chattanooga area. All instructors are approved by the School of Fine Arts Advisory Committee and are experienced in their field of instruction, both as teachers and performers. Every member of the music faculty possesses a degree in their area of experience, most with graduate degrees. Click here to meet our faculty.
Student recitals are scheduled at least twice per school year in the Chapel of First Baptist Church. The recitals give students the opportunity to showcase their talents and learn from their peers. Students are encouraged to perform in all recitals, which are free and open to the public. The music faculty periodically presents recitals in which they showcase their talents.
Students from the School of Fine Arts have won recognition at the Chattanooga Music Teachers Association (CMTA), the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), The Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Guild High School Vocal Competition, Chattanooga State Vocal Festival Competition and Chattanooga Music Club. They have also received music scholarships to many colleges and universities and have won roles in many local theatre productions
The School of Fine Arts is a long time member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education.
Credit for Homeschoolers
The course of instruction provided by our faculty can fulfill the requirements for credit for Home school students.
Parking and Facilities
First Baptist Church is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Chattanooga, easily accessible from I-24. Click here for a map and directions to the church. We have excellent parking and spacious, well-appointed teaching facilities. Click here for a facilities map.
An annual fee of $40.00 is due with the School of Fine Arts registration form when you begin lessons. For those who register in May, June, July or August, this registration fee covers the next year as well. Each returning student is to complete a new registration form and return it with the $40 fee by the first week in September.
Music Lesson Fee
The School of Fine Arts strives to keep its student fees both competitive and just for quality instruction. The cost of a half-hour lesson is $20. The student is responsible to the instructor for the cost of music and these fees. Lesson fees are due on a bi-monthly basis, and fees for each two month period must be paid in advance.
The School of Fine Arts is committed to providing quality music instruction to those who genuinely desire to learn. It is our desire that all have this opportunity. A scholarship fund has been established to help those with financial need. Full and half scholarships are administered by the School of Fine Arts Advisory Committee of First Baptist Church. You may contact the School of Fine Arts Director at 423-648-2545 for more information and an application.
For more information, or to register for any of our lessons or classes, please call the School of Fine Arts Director at 423-648-2545 or the church office at 423-265-2257. Or, email us.