Enriching lives through teaching music and the arts

 Academy Director: Jeff Brummel, 214-452-3122

The vision of the Wilshire Academy of Fine arts is to challenge and encourage students toward a lifetime of excellence in music and the arts.

We have teachers who are experienced, who will mentor, and who are collaborative.  Our students are motivated and respectful.  The music ministry of Wilshire Baptist Church offers an academy that is safe, innovative, and spiritual.

Private study is offered in piano, voice, organ*, guitar, and band/orchestra instruments.  Lessons are offered in 30-, 45-, or 60-minute blocks.  Lesson blocks are determined by consultation with the instructor. 

*For organ lessons, contact the director to discuss prerequisites. 

To begin the enrollment process, new students must print out and complete the registration and enrollment agreement forms.  The student must submit forms with the first month’s tuition and $50 registration fee at the first lesson of the semester.  When a student is enrolled, he/she is committing to an entire semester of study.

All lessons are taught at Wilshire Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas.  No exception.  During the enrollment process each student will be assigned an instructor.  The student or parent of the student will then be contacted to confirm a convenient lesson time.  Once a lesson time is established, it is important that the student continue through the semester with that time.  Room and teacher schedules are based on availability.    

We consider your private lesson time as a standing appointment. If the teacher has to miss a lesson, it will be made up. If the student misses a lesson, PRIOR NOTICE IS REQUIRED-- 24 hours notice is preferable. However, if a student wakes up ill on a lesson morning, please call the instructor directly before 9:00 a.m. or immediately upon sudden illness. Messages cannot always be relayed through the church office. Under these circumstances (with proper prior notice), the teacher will make up ONE lesson per student per semester. Make-ups do not rollover to subsequent semesters. 

Tuition covers all lessons, administrative expenses, and salaries.  Lesson books are not covered by tuition.  The registration fee covers the cost for administrative supplies and recitals.  A separate recital accompanist fee is charged for vocal students.

Tuition per semester for 2015-2016 is $525 for fifteen (15) 30-minute lesson. This works out to be $35 per 30-minute lesson. For those who wish them, 45-minute lessons are $788 per semester; and 60-minute lessons are $1050 per semester.  

Tuition payments are to be paid at the first lesson of each month in three monthly* payments of: $175 for 30-minute lesson; $263 for 45-minute lesson; and $350 for 60-minute lesson.
*The monthly rate is for the convenience of parents and is not related to the number of lessons in a particular month.

Payments are due at the first lesson of each month. Tuition checks should be made out to "Wilshire Baptist Church." Place all checks in a labeled envelope with the student’s name into the secured drop box outside the director’s office at Room #3005.  

A student should be able to practice on an instrument that facilitates progress. Piano students may begin on a keyboard, but must also have an acoustic piano or the student's technique will not develop properly and precious instructional time will be lost. The director and the teacher will be happy to discuss options for purchasing instruments. 

It is important for students to perform in public and to hear other students perform as well. Therefore, each student will be REQUIRED to attend all recitals and programs and should plan to remain for the entire time. Adults students are not required to perform on recitals.


Jeff Brummel, piano and organ

Chuck Allred, guitar

George Gagliardi, guitar

Rebecca Simonfalvi, flute, college-prep piano

*Classes for Musikgarten and Suzuki strings are also offered.

** Keyboard Classes for Adults offered through Musikgarten.

Registration Form (pdf)

WAFA Brochure (pdf)

For more information, please contact academy director Jeff Brummel at 214-452-3122.