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Cornerstone Music Academy Ltd

Cornerstone Music Academy Ltd


Organ Lessons | Choirs, Guitar Lessons, Harp Lessons, Piano Lessons, Singing Lessons | Aural Lessons, Theory Lessons, Composition Lessons, Jazz Improvisation Lessons

  • Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts degree in music education; Diploma in organ and voice in Italy; course work for a Master of Music Education degree and Master of Organ Performance degree USA
  • Pricing: $30 per half hour $60 per hour
  • Styles: Popular and Classical
  • Suitability: 5 to 100


Director and Tutor of the Academy

Sherry Shelton is an international concert performer and educator on the piano, pipe and electronic organ and singing. She has been a concert performer on the organ since she was 12 years old and a music educator for 35 years. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with major in music education and major instruments were organ, piano and singing from Tusculum College in Greeneville Tennesee USA. She completed course work on a Master of Music Education and Master of Organ Performance degrees at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in the USA. Miss Shelton studied the art of choral training in workshops with Robert Shaw and Fred Waring. She also studied early Italian organ music in Siena, Italy where she earned a Diploma in Organ and Voice from the Siena Session for the Performing Arts. Miss Shelton has been Director of Music and Organist for many large churches and Cathedrals in the USA and recently retired after 16 years from Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in Auckland NZ. She has concertised and set up world concert tours for choirs she has trained in Europe, USA, Singapore and Australia. She is a composer, arranger, choral trainer, vocal coach, conductor and professional accompanist. She has been and is Director and tutor for her own music studios in Florida USA, Auckland, and now in Invercargill. She is an Associate member of the NZ Institute of Registered Music Teachers.

Teaching Info

Music is taught in a structured way with exercises to strengthen and create flexibility in hands, feet or voice depending on the instrument.  Method books are used to provide a basis for remembering techniques and a relevant repertoire of pieces that gradually increase in difficulty.  Lessons are relaxed and proceed at the student’s ability to retain information and time frame to practice.  Music is for everyone, but the need to make time to practice the instrument is essential as music is a skill that is learned.  It just does not happen.  Popular and classical music can be combined in a lesson if desired.

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