School of Fine Arts

The Lutheran Academy's
School of
Fine Arts

Serving the students of The Lutheran Academy as well as the Scranton community-at-large with quality music instruction and performance opportunities

Introducing our Singing Class
 Instructor:  Beth Connor!
Beth comes to us having taught music for several years in the public schools and run her own music and theatre studio.  She continues to teach private voice as well.  We are excited to have her teach our first School of Fine Arts Singing Classes!
Starting Tuesday January 23!
Ages 5-10:  9:30am
Ages 11+:  10:30am
In this hour long weekly class, students will learn about general musical concepts such as rhythm, pitch, dynamics, note reading, music theory, sight singing, harmony, form, texture etc. In addition to those concepts, the older group will work on learning music theory through the playing of recorders (recorders will need to be purchased and is not included in the cost) and perhaps a group percussion class. The second part of the lesson will be being part of a chorus that will have the opportunity to perform at community events and recitals as a chorus and there will also solo opportunities if so desired. Lessons will be engaging and age appropriate. All materials are included with the class cost.

“Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and the permissible delights of the soul.” 
― Johann Sebastian Bach
Music has always been a favorite blessing to The Lutheran Academy, Scranton.  The past two years we have witnessed a tremendous growth and fine quality to our music education under the direction of Mr. Carsten Bjornstad.  For the Fall of 2017, The Lutheran Academy is establishing the School of Fine Arts to further nourish the gift of music in the lives of our student body, and further, share that gift of music instruction and performance with the community at large.
  • Sharing

    the gift of music.

  • Festival

    of Lessons and Carols

  • Academy

    The Lutheran Academy

  • Gift of Song

    the joy of every heart.

  • Instruments

    for every child!

Serving the
  • Note reading and music theory from grade 1
  • Royal Schools of Music theory lessons in grade 6-8
  • 1/2 hour of music practice scheduled each day during school
  • Class Piano
  • Every child has an instrument he/she learns to play (starting with recorder and advancing to other instruments)
  • Chime Choir
  • Orchestra and various Instrumental Ensembles
  • Singing, singing, singing for everyone
  • Advanced concert choir
  • Various educational field trips, workshops, master classes and musical experiences
  • Semi-private and class instrumental lessons
  • Private instrumental lessons have minimal fee attached
If you desire your children to have the opportunities above instilled in their lives, please enroll them in The Lutheran Academy!
Serving the
  • Opportunity for Homeschool students to enroll in Singing and Chime Choirs (during the school day) as well as Class Piano and Music Theory classes
  • Class Piano and Class Guitar (for all ages)
  • Private lessons (for all ages) scheduled late afternoons weekdays in:
    • Piano
    • Organ
    • Classical Guitar 
    • Folk Guitar (chording and picking)
  • MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO COME!  WE ARE JUST BEGINNING!  Check back often to see what new learning opportunities and instruments are going to be offered
  • Opportunities to join in various workshops, master classes, and other educational experiences and performances
If you desire to inquire more about prices, schedules, and how you can be enriched in your music making, please CLICK HERE!  

Mr. Carsten Bjornstad, 
Music Headmaster/Teacher

Mr. Bjornstad joined the Academy in the 2015-16 school year, bringing with him over 40 years of teaching experience and qualifications both in the United States and abroad. He is an accomplished musician in several instruments, but especially the keyboard and organ. He has a BA from the University of Jamestown in ND, and a Master of Arts in Music from the University of Minnesota.  He also earned a Licentiate  in Piano Teaching from the Royal School of Music in London, England.  Mr. Bjornstad has taught music in several schools and worked in a wide variety of churches as organist and choir director.

- Beth Connor
- Kristian Bjornstad
The School of Fine Arts is housed at the

Lutheran Ministry Center
1546 Monsey Ave.
Scranton, PA  18509
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