At SOAR, our mission is to guide and develop the gifts of students through skilled training and one-to-one encouragement. We currently offer lessons in voice, drums, guitar, bass, and piano as well as ensembles and group classes. All of our instructors are highly trained with either a Bachelors Degree or years of experience in their field. 


SOAR (School of Artistic Refinement) is a place to empower people to reach their fullest potential in the creative arts. SOAR is a training ground to help people grow, discover, and fulfill their unique purpose-creatively.


Each student will have a 30 minute private lesson with a skilled instructor once a week on either Tuesdays or Thursdays.

All ensembles will be held at the Spring Lake Park Campus during Fall and Spring semesters.

Choir is for ages 6-12 and will meet every Thursday from 6:00-7:00 at the Spring Lake Park Campus.

In this class, students will learn rhythms, harmonies, and some basic theory knowledge. They will also learn 1-2 songs that they will perform in the recitals.

Want to jam out with other drummers? This class can take on different forms from organized jam sessions, playing songs with others, and learning how to lock in a groove.

This is an elite group directed by JonCarlos Velez. This group will be audition only, and will be for the older students (12+). This is a great opportunity for advanced singers. This group will “tour” and do special events around the twin cities.

For more info and questions on auditioning please contact JonCarlos Velez at joncarlosvelez@emmanuelcc.org or Gabriella Velez at gabriellavelez@emmanuelcc.org 

In this class, students will learn the foundations of music theory, composition, songwriting, and more. Students will get the opportunity to collaborate with each other, co-write songs, and learn to play/sing together.


Activities will be geared more towards 2-5, but younger children are welcome.  Instruments will be available for all ages.  At least one parent/caregiver per family should attend and be prepared to participate in class activities with the children.

In this class, we will explore group singing and movement with live accompaniment, percussion instruments, and recorded music. Both original and familiar children’s songs will be used during the class time. Activities each week will include a combination of music activities chosen to address specific development skills (motor coordination, following direction, cooperation, social engagement, letters or numbers, parent-child bonding).

Students have the option of going to the Collaboration Room where there are instructors and art mentors who are there to give musical advice as well as some basic music tutoring. There will be snacks for the students (and parents)! Students can come to the Collaboration Room as they are waiting for their lesson time, waiting to be picked up. This is a great place for our SOAR community to meet and spend time together.

Each season our students have the opportunity to showcase their achievements in our Fall and Spring performances.



7777 University Ave. NE, Spring Lake Park, MN 55432   

  • Private Lessons every Tuesday from 3:00-6:00 (30 min time slots)
  • Private Lessons every Thursday from 3:00-6:00 (30 min time slots)
  • Ensembles and classes every Thursday from 6:00-7:00 (Fall and Spring semesters only)
  • Sound of SOAR Vocal Ensemble every Tuesday from 6:00-7:00 (fall and spring semesters only)

14320 93rd Ave. N, Maple Grove, MN 55369   

  • “Music Exploration” Class (ages 0-5)
  • Private Lessons every Tuesday (times may vary)
  • All ensembles will be held at Spring Lake Park Campus


There will be 2 makeup lessons for the fall and spring semesters. Student must give a 24-hour notice if they will be missing a lesson.

There will be ONE makeup lesson for the summer session. Student must give a 24-hour notice if they will be missing a lesson.

Instructor Absences: SOAR reserves the right to substitute or change instructors as needed. (No refunds or credits will be issued for classes or lessons where a substitute is provided.) If no substitute is provided, the instructor will make up the lesson.

All payments are processed electronically through debit or credit on our online system.

In order to receive a refund a WRITTEN NOTICE of cancellation (via email or letter) must be received no later than 5pm the first Friday of the start week (Jan 12) for the spring session. Following this date no refunds will be issued. Please notify gabriellavelez@emmanuelcc.org for withdraw from program or for any other questions/concerns.

For those who start lessons at a later date than the session start date tuition is prorated based on the remaining lesson days.

If there are no slots available please contact Gabriella Velez ( gabriellavelez@emmanuelcc.org) to be placed on a waitlist.

Please fill out this form to be considered for a scholarship:


Adaptive lessons are ideal for students who have difficulty learning by traditional approaches because of learning challenges, or a cognitive/physical disability. Students who would benefit from an adapted approach may have difficulty maintaining focus, deficient memory, following directions and sequencing, difficulty with written notation, challenges with finger dexterity, or high anxiety (or anything else that prevents a student from learning.) In adaptive lessons, an instructor typically has additional education, experience, or training in working with these populations to accommodate a student’s learning style or to adapt to behavioral, social or cognitive issues. The student may benefit in many ways by learning an instrument, however, the instructor does not address treatment goals related to diagnoses.


Gabriella Velez