music academy

The Antelope Valley Music Academy provides high quality private instruction for piano, brass, woodwinds, and strings. Classes are also available for hand bell choirs, concert choirs, flute choirs, drumline, and music theory. We believe that musical training is a tremendous skill that is both rewarding and promotes discipline in a young person's life. Our experienced instructors will help your child discover and develop their musical abilities. You can register here, Guest Services, or the Lancaster Baptist School office. Applications may also be sent to

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Students will meet with one of our qualified instructors once a week. During the lesson, teachers will go over technique, sight reading, and theory. Private lessons are currently offered for the following instruments at $18 per 30 minute lesson:












choirs and group classes

Students have the opportunity to be involved in hand bell choirs, concert choirs, flute choirs, and theory classes. These classes will be subject to a minimum number of registration requirements in order to be offered in a semester.

Vocal Ensemble


per month

Hand Bell Choir


per month

Drum Line


per month

Flute Choir


per month

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our staff

Daniel Hopkins

Daniel Hopkins is the music director of both the Antelope Valley Music Academy and Lancaster Baptist School. He conducts the choral and ensemble programs as well as teaches private piano lessons and sight singing at West Coast Baptist College, where he currently oversees the piano performance program. He graduated from Oklahoma Baptist College in 2004 with a four-year diploma in theology and is finalizing a Masters in Music Education. He is the main pianist for the worship services at Lancaster Baptist Church helping lead in worship for thousands of people every weekend.

Samuel Forster

Samuel Forster is the office manager for the AVMA while also teaching hand bells and hand chimes. He has been taking private piano lessons since 2002 and is currently studying music at West Coast Baptist College. Throughout his music career, he has performed in several recitals, and acted as a church accompanist. He enjoys also enjoys singing in choirs and ensembles and writing his own music.

Andrea Zarate

Andrea Zarate is a flute and piano teacher for AVMA. In 1997, she began her musical education through private piano lessons, and in 2003, she started private flute lessons. She was a member of the Bellevue Christian Symphonic Band and the Symphonic Wind Ensemble throughout high school. In 2010, she studied music education with a proficiency in flute at Pensacola Christian College. In 2012, she transferred to the music department at West Coast Baptist College. She graduated in 2014 with a degree in music and is currently pursuing a master's degree in music education with a proficiency in flute. She also teaches music for Lancaster Baptist School, working with the elementary and high school students. She plays the flute for the Lancaster Baptist Church orchestra. She has been teaching private lessons in piano and flute since 2006.

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Lydia Hand

Lydia Hand is a flute instructor at AVMA. She began her musical education when she was nine years old by playing in band. She began taking flute lessons in 2010. She is a part of the orchestra at Lancaster Baptist Church is currently studying music at West Coast Baptist College.

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Caleb Howe

Caleb Howe is a brass instructor for AVMA. At the age of 8, he began his musical education through private piano lessons, and at the age of 12, he started playing the tuba in his local school district. He was an active member of his church orchestra and the Grand County High School music department. While a part of his high school music department, Caleb had the opportunity to perform with a Concert Band, Jazz Band, Award Winning Marching Band, a local Community Band, the Moab Music Festival, and various small ensembles. Caleb has participated in many fine arts competitions on regional and state levels, and is an accomplished soloist. Caleb is currently studying Pastoral Ministries at West Coast Baptist College.

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Stephen Voshall

Stephen Voshall is a violin and viola instructor at AVMA. He began taking private violin lessons in 2006 and is currently studying under Mrs. Patricia Graham. He began performing in orchestral groups and string ensembles in 2009 and has played with the Klamath Symphony Orchestra, the Lancaster Baptist Concert Orchestra, and the West Coast Classical Orchestra. Throughout his high school years, Stephen sat principal first violin in the Lancaster Baptist School Varsity String Ensemble, a group recently awarded a gold ranking at the WorldStrides Heritage Festival. He was also privileged to earn command performances at the Fine Arts Competition his junior year of high school and Southern California Schools Band and Orchestra Association competition during his senior year. He is currently studying at West Coast Baptist College in the field of secondary education.

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Alyson Phillips

Alyson Phillips is the violin instructor for AVMA. In 2000, Alyson began taking private piano and violin lessons. She began her studies at the National Conservatory of Music in the Dominican Republic. It was there that she was able to get a good foundation in theory in both Spanish and English. Aly went through the Suzuki method in violin and the Royal Conservatory method in piano and later began teaching private violin and piano lessons. Aly has performed in recitals, accompanied vocal and instrumental groups, played in quartets with her siblings, and ministered as a church pianist. Aly enjoys playing by ear and arranging music.

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Ajana Reyes

Ajana Reyes is a piano and violin instructor for AVMA. She began piano lessons at the age of four and violin lessons at the age of nine. As a musician, she has competed in piano solo competitions, accompanied vocalists and instrumentalists, as well as performed as a violinist in the Lancaster Baptist Concert Orchestra. Currently, she is continuing her private lessons and music education as a music major at West Coast Baptist College, with a proficiency in piano. She enjoys arranging and writing music, along with singing with her family and friends.

Shekinah Basilan

Shekinah Basilan teaches voice and piano. She has grown up with a musical background and has been singing since she was a little girl. During the summer, she travels on tour for West Coast Baptist College where she is studying to obtain her degree in music. She has accompanied choirs and worked with ensembles in churches in Taiwan where her family serves as missionaries. Shekinah loves getting together with friends to sing, learning new songs and techniques, and writing and composing during her spare time.

Evelyn Anderson

Evelyn Anderson is a piano instructor for AVMA. She began taking piano lessons in 2004. Subsequently, she took lessons in violin, viola, and voice. She has competed and has been awarded medals and honorable mentions in various competitions including the National Association of Teachers of Singing regional competition in Texas. She has played for church and weddings, accompanied music groups, founded the music program at her small private school, directed the special music for church camp, and taught private piano lessons since 2009. She also directed a choir while teaching in a home for children in Montrouis, Haiti for a year after her high school graduation in 2013. She is currently pursuing a degree in music and missions at West Coast Baptist College.

Joshua Seo

Joshua Seo is a piano and violin instructor for AVMA. In 2005, Joshua began taking private piano lessons in South Korea. In 2007, he started taking private violin lessons from Jessica Palencia. He has won classical piano competitions for fine arts competitions and had received an honorary performance. Since moving to California in 2007, he has learned piano lessons from Daniel Hopkins and has been involved in concert orchestras and has accompanied many groups on the piano. Josh enjoys improvising hymns, playing classical music, and teaching piano and violin.

Rebekah Voshall

Rebekah Voshall is a piano instructor for AVMA. She has been taking private piano lesson for the past ten years with both sacred and classical teachers. In high school, she won three Fine Arts classical piano competitions, including a command performance her senior year. Rebekah accompanied the Lancaster Baptist School varsity choir for four years and the varsity ensemble for three years. She has had experience playing offertories and precludes in high school chapels and church services. Most recently, she earned a superior rating in the National Federation of Music Festival and an Honorable Mention in the CAPT Romantic-Impressionistic Piano Competition. She currently studies music at West Coast Baptist College.

Megan Lester

Megan Lester is the assistant office manager for the AVMA. She is currently studying secondary education at West Coast Baptist College.

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4020 E. Lancaster Blvd. | Lancaster, CA 93535 | 661.946.4663 x4302


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