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Enjoy Music, Play Music, Get Credit with TPS

How do you learn music in an online music class?

Start with expert teachers, add in some creative audio technology, and you have a highly-interactive music class. You could even have an online concert (TPS students have done several).

Piano and Keyboard in Contemporary Worship and Praise Bands (HS Credit)

“The course covers keyboard playing in a variety of contemporary styles including: pop ballad, pop-rock, hard rock, country, country-rock, slow and fast gospel — all applied to contemporary Christian music. Focus is on playing in a diverse praise band and worship setting.”

Teacher: David Hammer (see bio below)

Contemporary Music Harmony (HS Credit)

“If you want to understand how harmony and chord progressions work in today’s popular praise and worship music, then this one-year course is designed with you in mind! Although primarily aimed at keyboardists, guitarists, and bassists, this course will benefit any musician who aspires to compose, arrange, lead, or perform popular contemporary music. Students will thoroughly explore major and minor scales, modes, keys and key signatures, intervals, triads, four- and five-part chords, upper-structure chords, chord extensions, chord-scale relationships, voice-leading principles, and harmonic analysis of popular tunes.”

Teacher: David Hammer (see bio below)

College Music Theory (College Dual Credit)

This is a dual credit course that earns three college credits from Belhaven University. It is a great way for serious music students to get college credit for their music studies in high school.

The teacher, David Hammer, holds a B.M. in Music Education from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and has an M.M. in Jazz Pedagogy and ABD status on a Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Miami. He has developed and taught jazz curricula at the Interlochen National Music Camp and Center for the Arts, New World School of the Arts (Miami), and the University of Miami. He also serves as Adjunct Professor of Jazz Piano at Florida Atlantic University. David spent nearly two years performing in the U.S., Japan, and Europe with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and has performed as artist/clinician at International Association of Jazz Educators conferences and with a variety of artists. He performs regularly in jazz ensembles and big bands throughout the south Florida area. He is also actively involved in the music ministry (playing keyboard and leading the praise/worship band) and the children’s ministry.

About TPS (at-tps.org)
  • Online classes since 1997
  • Grades 4 to 12
  • Complete curriculum or individual course enrollment
  • Academic advising and planning
  • Individualized course credit options
  • Diploma (standard or honors) option
  • Top scholarship with biblical worldview
  • Live interactive classes
  • Timely effective teacher feedback
  • Dynamic faith and character development
  • Extensive student social opportunities
  • AP® courses with top exam scores
  • College dual credit courses with flexible credits
  • High Scholars program (24 college credits)
  • Honors courses
  • Accreditation and certifications
  • NCAA approved