Academy of the Arts at NSU University School

  • Info
  • Instructors
  • Second Semester Offerings
  • Policies/Procedures
  • Calendars
  • Registration

NSU University School provides extracurricular arts education for students and adults through what is now known as The Academy of the Arts at NSU University School. Designed as an outgrowth of the school’s rich curricular programs in performing and visual arts, the program focuses on providing further enrichment opportunities after school.

Private music lessons are offered in voice, piano, strings and other instruments. Group lessons are also taught in Digital Photography and Drawing/Painting. The instructors for each of these disciplines is either a full time member of our faculty or is a professional adjunct instructor recommend by the Fine Arts Department. Our instructor’s bios and photos are available for your perusal.

Jane AndersenJane Andersen (Instructor in Voice) has been teaching voice privately since 1992 while still an undergrad at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, pursuing her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance. Upon moving to the Twin Cities, she began a 19-year private vocal studio in one of the region's strongest high school music programs at Robbinsdale Armstrong High School. She maintains a summer home studio in Mendota Heights, Minnesota, which includes a wide range of students: teens to adults, beginners to budding professionals. Jane also served as ad hoc member of the voice faculty at Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and has received Master's level training at Rutgers University in early music performance practices. Jane is a firm believer in the bel canto Italian school of singing, which prizes a natural, unforced production. Utilizing the whole body as the instrument, as outlined in Alexander Technique, provides freedom and flexibility to explore any musical style –be it opera, musical theater, or thrash rock– with healthy function for lifelong enjoyment. She hones her craft in Milan, Italy, with master voice instructor Rita Patané and pianist Leonardo Marzagalia, as well as studying stateside with Mary Kay Schmidt of Medina, Minnesota; she has coached with Janet Bookspan, Nico Castel, Virginia Zeani, and Renata Scotto. A versatile vocalist, Jane has performed on both the concert and operatic stages. Recently Jane appeared as soloist and professional chorister with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Chorale under choirmaster Dale Warland. She has performed the roles of Queen of the Night and First Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Lady Billows in Britten's Albert Herring, and Lilas Pastia in the nationally acclaimed production of Bizet's Carmen with Theatre de la Jeune Lune. Jane was an oft-featured soprano with the Dale Warland Singers; you can hear her high Cs on their Cathedral Classics CD in Allegri’s Miserere mei. She has also recorded with Phillip Brunelle’s VocalEssence. Jane lives in Fort Lauderdale with her husband, Leo, and her orchids. She designs jewelry and is an avid bird watcher in her spare time.
Contact Info:

Anya FuchsAnya Fuchs (Instructor in Piano) was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, one of the most beautiful and historically rich cities in the world. She was surrounded with the arts from a very early age and went on to study music in the prestigious Rimsky-Korsakov School of Music for 11 years. She took classes in fortepiano and graduated with honors, after which she continued her education at the Institute of Culture in the heart of St. Petersburg, Russia and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Conducting Amateur Chorus. Anya has been actively teaching music and piano for over 25 years and loves sharing her passion with young aspiring musicians. She is presently a Music Specialist at Miramar Elementary School.
Contact Info:

Rondrea KingMei Mei Luo (Instructor in Violin) Mei Mei Luo is recognized as one of South Florida’s finest violinists. Until its closing, she was the assistant concertmaster of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, and served as concertmaster for the final concert in 2003.

Miss Luo is the founding first violinist of the acclaimed Delray String Quartet since 2003, which performs wide-ranging repertoire every season throughout three south Florida counties.

As a soloist, she has performed the Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn and Bruch violin concertos. She is concertmaster of Orchestra Miami and The South Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, Boca Raton Symphonia and serves as the concertmaster for the Opus One Orchestra (Miami city Ballet) and has been a regular member of the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival since 2000. Miss Luo has played as a member of the Philadelphia Concerto Soloists as well as an alternate for the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Miss Luo earned her bachelor’s degree from the Shanghai and Shenyang conservatory of music. She was the second prize winner of the National Youth Violin Competition of China, and is a graduate of the master’s program at the University of Miami.

She has recorded Dvorak with the Delray String Quartet on the Poinciana label, Kenneth Fuchs String Quartet No. 5 on Naxos American Classics, and four CDs appears on the Klavier and Harmonia Mundi labels with the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival.
Contact Info:

Antonia MartinezAntonia Martinez (Instructor in Digital Photography/Drawing and Painting) Antonia Martinez is an artist and art educator who obtained her Master of Science degree with Specialization in Interdisciplinary Arts at Nova Southeastern University and is now working on her Educational Leadership Certification. As an artist, she has created murals and various art pieces using a wide variety of art mediums. Throughout her career as an educator Antonia has worked with public, private and charter schools designing and implementing digital photography and art based curriculum. Antonia has also worked with many community organizations using art as an educational tool for many students. Her goals include providing a lasting, inspirational influence on artistic enrichment. Throughout her career she has learned and now teaches the fundamentals of art and design along with digital photography. Antonia teaches the importance of using creativity as a means of selfexpression.

Students who journey through the Adventure of Art classes experience many artistic mediums such as paint, charcoal, oil pastels, ceramics, and many more. Students travel throughout history, different cultures and countries from Egyptian Etchings, Frida Kahlo Self-portraits, Pablo Picasso Collage and Faith Ringgold Freedom Quilts just to name a few.

Students who journey through the Phenomenal Photography classes experience hands-on photography instruction. Students will experience various photography styles to gain a deeper understanding of camera use, lighting, and the elements of photography. Students will create portraits, black and white photography, action photography, food photography and much more.
Contact Info:

David MorseDavid Morse (Instructor in Piano/Voice) is a musician known to the University School community as a piano accompanist and vocal coach, having worked with Tom Gress and Renee Hunt. He has an extensive background as a pianist and gave his Carnegie Hall debut in 1982. With music degrees from the Hartt School of Music, he has developed teaching skills for voice, piano and organ. He currently serves as music director for a local church where he leads choirs of all ages beginning at the kindergarten level.
Contact Info:

Brandon NixBrandon Nix (Director of Bands) came to NSU University School as the newly appointed band teacher from Florida State University, where he completed his Bachelor of Instrumental Music Education degree while performing in various ensembles such as the FSU Baroque Double Reed Ensemble, the FSU Symphonic Band, and the Kinne Woodwind Quintet. Other positions he has held as guest oboist/English hornist were in various groups such as the Coastal Symphony of Georgia, the UNF Symphonic Band, the UNF Opera, and the St. Augustine Orchestra. In addition to his teaching duties at NSU University School, Mr. Nix is the principal oboist of the Broward Symphonic Band, guest principal of the Broward Symphony Orchestra, and a freelance oboist in the Ft. Lauderdale and Miami area.

Contact info:

Second Semester runs from January 9 through May 19.  Please refer to the second semester calendar for specific dates when regularly scheduled lessons and group classes will not be held.

Lessons are not taught on weekends, holidays, during school vacations or during the week of the Upper School musical.

Private Lesson Fees: $41.50 per half hour or $83.00 per hour

Private Lessons in Piano and Voice

Piano and Voice lessons are taught daily beginning at 3:30 pm and ending at 6:00 pm. Please note that not all of the instructors will have the availability to teach every day. The length of the lesson is either 30 or 60 minutes. It is recommended that voice students have a 30-minute lesson unless otherwise approved by the instructor.

Piano and voice lessons are available for kindergarten through adults.

Private Instrumental Music Lessons

Instrumental lessons are offered on Mondays and Fridays beginning at 3:30 pm and ending at 6:00 pm and are available for 4th graders through adults. Private lessons are available in flute, oboe, saxophone, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba and percussion.

Private Lessons in Violin

Violin lessons are taught on Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning at 3:30 pm and ending at 5:00 pm and are available for kindergarten through adults.

Number of Private Lessons for Semester 2

  • Monday – 14 Lessons
  • Tuesday – 16 Lessons
  • Wednesday – 16 Lessons
  • Thursday – 16 Lessons
  • Friday – 12 Lessons

Group Classes in Digital Photography - Tuesdays

16 Sessions will be offered on Tuesdays, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm (Grades 6 – 8)

Group Classes in Drawing and Painting - Thursdays

16 Sessions will be offered on Thursdays, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm (Grades 3 – 8)

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm (Grades 3 – 8) $1,008.00 per student (18 student cap)

Commitment to the Program

Progress in any fine art is directly related to the effort, practice, and preparation time that students invest in the period between lessons and classes.  Families are encouraged to talk directly with the instructor about their expectations concerning practice for lessons and preparation for classes.

Private Music Lessons

Students must come prepared.  This includes bringing any music, instrument, or supplies needed for the lesson.  If the student is not prepared for the lesson, the instructor is not obligated to teach the lesson, nor is he/she obligated to reschedule the lesson.  If a student arrives late or unprepared for lessons on a regular basis, the instructor has the right to remove the student from his/her roster, and no refund will be issued.

Group Classes

Students need to be prepared for each group class.  Each instructor will provide a list of supplies, if needed, that should be brought to each class.  If a student arrives late or unprepared for class on a regular basis, the instructor has the right to remove the student from his/her roster and no refund will be issued.

General Information

All lessons are taught in the Epstein Center for the Arts on our campus from 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday.  Lower School students will be picked up ten minutes prior to their lesson and brought to the Epstein Center, unless the parent prefers to bring the student themselves. If their lesson ends prior to 5:30 pm, they will be returned to the Lower School and signed in to After Care. Students whose lessons end after 5:30 pm will need to be picked up from the Epstein Center. Middle and Upper School students are expected to arrive at least five minutes prior to their start time. Late arrivals will lose the time missed. Any students not in After Care must be picked up within ten minutes of the completion of their lesson to avoid additional charges.

Parents are welcome to wait in the Student Lobby of the Epstein Center while their child is in their lesson. If you would like to observe a lesson, please contact the instructor directly. 


Semester Two runs January 9, 2017, through May 19, 2017.  Click here for the Semester Two calendar.
Lessons are not taught on weekends, holidays, during school vacations, nor during the weeks prior to the Middle and Upper School musicals (February 27 – March 3, 2017). 

Billing and Payment

Instructors will bill the family directly through PayPal.  The invoice must be paid in full through PayPal prior to the first lesson.  One trial lesson is included in the package.  If after the trial lesson it is decided that the instructor/student fit is not optimal, notify the instructor of the situation at least 24 hours prior to the second scheduled lesson, and a full refund will be issued.  After the second lesson, no refund will be given.

Cancelation and Make Up Policy

If a lesson needs to be canceled or rescheduled, the instructor must be advised at least 24 hours prior to the beginning of the scheduled lesson.  If your child experiences a sudden illness on the day of the lesson, please notify the instructor as well as the Academy immediately. An attempt will be made to reschedule the missed lesson but is not guaranteed.  If no notification is received, then the lesson is forfeited. Canceling or missing lessons on a regular basis will result in the student being removed from the instructor's roster, and no refund will be issued.

Lessons canceled by the instructor, as well as any cancelations due to unexpected NSU University School closures, will be made up at a mutually agreed upon date and time.
All missed lessons must be made up in the semester in which they were missed. Lessons do not carry over.

End of the Year Events

Private Lesson Recital

The end of the year recital is scheduled for Sunday, May 21, 2017, at 1:00 pm. A dress rehearsal is scheduled for Saturday, May 20, beginning at 10:00 am.

Display for Digital Photography, Drawing & Painting

End of the year student art work will be displayed in the Epstein Center for the Arts Wolf Family Grand Lobby during May, date and time to be announced.

Emergency Contact Information

Academy of the Arts Assistant Coordinator
Karen Reynolds

Associate Director of the Arts
Danny Swerdlow

Epstein Center for the Arts Receptionist
Shirley Brody

Director of the Arts
Dan Bishop

List of Calendars

  • Click here to view the 2016 - 2017 Semester 2 Calendar

Registration and Payment Process

  • Click here to read the Registration and Payment Process.


  • Click here to register for Private Instruction Piano with David Morse.
  • Click here to register for Private Instruction Piano with Anya Fuchs.


  • Click here to register for Private Instruction Violin with Mei Mei Luo.


  • Click here to register for Private Instruction Voice with David Morse.
  • Click here to register for Private Instruction Voice with Jane Andersen.

Digital Photography

  • Click here to register for Group Class Digital Photography with Antonia Martinez.

Drawing and Painting

  • Click here to register for Group Class Drawing and Painting with Antonia Martinez.

Instrumental Music

  • Click here to register for Private Instruction Instrumental with Brandon Nix.