Chara Christian Dance Academy has a thriving music department with over 80 students and 4 instructors!  Each student has a private one-on-one music lesson with one of our professional university trained instructors.  Private music lessons are conducted year-round and students participate in 2 recitals per year along with optional community performances.  We teach students from beginners to advanced with the desire for them to develop a lifetime love of music!

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Music Recital

Chara’s Music Department conducts two recitals throughout the year in December and in the spring.  While not a requirement, recital participation is encouraged and provides students with an opportunity to share their talent, build their confidence and spotlight their yearly progress.  Individual teachers determine recital readiness, and performances include voice, guitar and piano students. Recitals take place at the Friendswood Friends Church, giving our music students a comfortable, welcoming environment to perform for family and friends while engaging in a true performance event.


Christmas Recital:  December 13th & 14th at Friendswood Friends Church

Spring Recital:  Sunday, May 17th at 2 and 4pm at Friendswood Friends Church

Recital details included in your monthly Chara Music Newsletter

Music Instructors

Chara Christian Dance Academy’s Music Department is incredibly blessed with multi-talented, award-winning instructors teaching to the highest musical standards.  With backgrounds in multiple musical disciplines and decades of experience working with children, our teachers bring excellence and high expectations for all students.  We are proud to include certified classroom music teachers, professional touring stage musicians, and piano performance majors among our staff. Our dedicated team is eager to work with your student in building musicianship, performance skills, and an appreciation of music.

Piano Instructor Cindy Fletcher Combining a passion for teaching, children and music,  Mrs. Fletcher is an award-winning educator and musician who is thrilled to be sharing her love of fine arts in the Christian environment of Chara Christian Dance Academy.  Her goals are to motivate and encourage students while instilling a life-long appreciation of music.  She has taught piano lessons for 25 years, taught in public and private schools, and directed/performed with numerous choirs, singing groups, praise teams and musical productions.  When not teaching or making music, Mrs. Fletcher can be found with her other obsessions –  reading, cross-stitch, fur babies and family.

Jon studied classical guitar and music education at the University of North Texas. Jon has studied the guitar for 35 years and began playing the piano at age 5. He has taught private lessons in guitar, piano and other instruments for over 25 years. Jon began playing professionally in church and school productions at age 15. Jon has performed with groups ranging in styles from blues, jazz, rock, country, funk, contemporary, pop, reggae and ska. Jon tailors his teaching according to the students interest, skill level and adaption with a heavy emphasis on technique.

“It is my purpose to share my gift with others.” – Jon Gowen

Kirsten HillKirsten is thrilled to be a part of Chara’s Music Department. Kirsten is a student at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music where she is pursuing a degree in vocal music education. Upon completion of her degree Kirsten plans on pursuing a career as a high school choral director. At the University of Houston, Kirsten is a member of the internationally acclaimed Moores School of Music Concert Chorale. Kirsten is an active member of the Moores Opera Center where she has been featured in Romeo and Juliette, The Crucible, and The Love for Three Oranges. Kirsten graduated from Friendswood High School in 2015 where she was the Choir President and a musical cast member in Mary Poppins, 42nd Street, and Guys and Dolls. If you ever catch Kirsten away from teaching or practicing herself, you will find her spending time with her family, dog, and pet rabbits!

Kylee is a student at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston pursuing a degree in vocal music education. She aspires to be either a junior high or high school choir director upon completion of her music degree. At the University of Houston, Kylee is the student director of one of the fine ensembles and has been a part of two of the student lead acappella groups. Kylee is a local who graduated from Friendswood High School where she was involved in the musical & choral department. Kylee made the 2016 & 2017 all state women’s choirs & performed in Mary Poppins, Beauty & the Beast, & Les Miserables.

Sara Johnson is an elementary music teacher in Pearland. She graduated with a vocal music degree from Wayland Baptist University and has traveled as a music director and singer.  She loves sharing her gift of music with students and teaching them to use their gift for the Lord.  When not singing on the church worship team, or with her students, she loves spending time with her husband and two children.

Christopher Ranew, guitar lessons, piano lessonsChristopher Ranew has been teaching music for over 6 years to students of all ages. He started showing interest in learning music at an early age of two and has been learning ever since. He has traveled from California to Mexico playing on stage and is looking to spread his passion for music through teaching.