Children, Youth & Adults

Music Academy

Excellent music instruction that inspires students to learn, to grow, and to serve with their gifts, to the glory of God alone.


In addition to Spiritual foundation, faith communities have long served in forming a solid musical education. To that end, the FPC Music Academy seeks to provide a program of vocal and instrumental lessons for our younger disciples and adults to explore their God-given artistic gifts.  

The FPC Academy consists of highly qualified instructors: Dr. Ryan Bede (Voice), Sara Crigger (Voice), Alison Gooding-Hoffman (Violin), Dr. Peter Rogahn (Piano & Organ), Horacio Guendulain (Piano), and Erik Abernathy (Guitar). Our music instruction will meet a standard of excellence that inspires students to learn, grow, and serve with their gifts to the glory of God alone. 

“I play the notes as they are written, but it is God who makes the music.”  

— Johann Sebastian Bach  

Registration & Tuition


  • $384 for the full semester of 12, 30-minute lessons scheduled weekly with the teacher. Advanced students will require 60-minute lessons at $720, which will be discussed by the teacher and parent. 
  • $35 for individual lessons are offered to students wanting to explore the music lessons before committing to a full semester of lessons. 
  • Tuition is to be paid for by the first week of the semester. Teachers may require the purchase of music and other materials for lessons. Teachers will discuss what materials will be needed and where to purchase them. 

Have any questions? Check out our FAQs below. For further information, please contact our staff below. 

Semester Terms 

  • Fall semester: August to November 
  • Winter/Spring semesters: January to April 
  • Summer semester: June to July 

Individual studios may also schedule recitals towards the end of the semester. 


Violin — Age 4 and up 
Private and group lessons will be taught by Alison Gooding Hoffman. Students will receive weekly half-hour lessons and younger beginning students will also receive group instruction. 

Voice — Age 14 and up 
Voice lessons will be taught by Sara Crigger and Dr. Ryan Bede. Students will receive weekly half-hour lessons. 

Piano — Age 5 and up 
Instruction will be taught by Dr. Peter Rogahn and Horacio Guendulain.  

Organ — Age 10 and up 
Instruction will be taught by Dr. Peter Rogahn. 

Guitar — All ages 
Instruction will be taught by Erik Abernathy. 

Each instructor will discuss the most appropriate lesson plan and scheduling for each registrant. 

Have questions? Check out our FAQs below. Or for further information, please contact the First Presbyterian Music Office at 615-298-9517, Daphne Garey or Peter Rogahn.

Music Academy FAQs

Register by clicking the Registration button. Registration will be scheduled by semester. 

Children, youth, and adults are invited to take lessons. 

Non-church members can certainly apply for lessons. The Music Academy currently has non-church members. 

Lessons will be scheduled in consultation with the instructor and Peter Rogahn. 

Depending on the instrument, lessons will be in Stanford Chapel, the Cheek House, or the Sanctuary. Instructors will inform parents and students about the lesson location, which will be the same from week to week. 

All instructors must pass a background check. They must also have an advanced degree in music and extensive teaching experience ranging from children to adults. 

Our Instructors

Dr. Peter Rogahn

Organist and Assistant Director of Music

Peter provides organ music and accompaniment at the church, and he manages the growth and development of the FPC Music Academy. Through the Music Academy, he instructs organ and piano lessons.

Erik Abernathy

Music Academy – Guitar Instructor

Dr. Ryan Bede

Music Academy – Voice Instructor

Sara Crigger

Music Academy – Voice Instructor

Alison Gooding Hoffman

Music Academy – Violin Instructor

Horacio Guendulain

Music Academy – Piano Instructor

First Presbyterian Church Nashville

4815 Franklin Pike, Nashville, Tennessee 37220 Map

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