FAYM Teachers and Staff
Amy Shirk, Director, Band Classes, Strings Classes, AP Music Theory.
Amy graduated from Ithaca College with a B.S. degree in Music Education. She taught at the Mohawk Valley School of Music in Utica, NY for four years before moving to Spotsylvania, VA. She has 25 years experience teaching both privately and in various schools in Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, and Stafford, including Holy Cross Academy and Lafayette Upper Elementary School. Amy also serves as the organist at The Presbyterian Church in Fredericksburg. Her two sons, Brendan (21) and Aaron (18) were homeschooled from birth through high school, and are FAYM alumni. They now attend college in Rochester, NY, and Boston, MA.
Rana Strickland, Choral Groups, Music Theory.
Zach Ware, Percussion Classes.
Zach Ware has been a percussionist for 20 years. He has a degree in Music Education from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he studied with Peter Martin, Brian Jones, Billy Martin and John D’Earth. Zach has experience with a variety of musical styles; he has played with classical ensembles like the Rappahannock Pop Orchestra and the Mid-Atlantic Wind Symphony to more contemporary groups like the Fredericksburg Big Band, the Riverside Dinner Theater pit orchestra and his experimental jazz duo, blue jay. Zach loves all aspects of music and really loves teaching as well as learning. He teaches all levels and styles of percussion as well as music theory.
Lane Drum, Guitar Classes.
Lane has taught privately in Richmond, VA and Garwood, NJ, including classical, jazz, rock, bluegrass, and acoustic solo genres. Currently, he teaches at Pickers Supply. He received a Bachelor of Arts in classical guitar performance from Virginia Commonwealth University, also the Berklee College of Music. Lane has performed in New York City in various locations, including the Knitting Factory. He currently freelances and performs in the Fredericksburg area.
Elizabeth Kennedy, Piano Classes, Recorder, Elementary Music.
Elizabeth, a veteran homeschool parent, has been teaching piano and voice lessons privately for over 20 years. She has directed children's choirs and numerous children's plays. She has also encouraged many homeschooled families in music over the past 16 years. She has been teaching piano lessons at Faith Baptist Schools since 2013. She toured Europe as an Ambassador of Music for the state of Nebraska, performing in the choir and band. She also enjoyed playing in the Jazz Band at Mid-Plains College.
She serves in the music ministry at her local church in piano instrumentation, choir, singing special music, and playing the clarinet in the orchestra.
Luke Gray, Orchestra Assistant, Music Theory.
Luke Gray, a FAYM alumni, is a multi-instrumentalist who specializes in violin, bass, and Chapman Stick. He has many years of teaching experience, having taught at such places as Creative Music Academy, Roberson’s Music, Forte Music Studios and Potomac Arts Academy, as well as various Spotsylvania and Stafford public schools. He is fluent in many styles of music including jazz, classical, country, and Celtic. He performs regularly as a Freelance Musician as well as occasionally with orchestras and bands, including Mary Washington Philharmonic, Rappahannock POPS, Riverside Dinner Theatre, Moch Pryderi, Fredericksburg Jazz Collective, and Christian Youth Theatre. His debut album, “Solid Yet Free” received a feature on Stick.com. Luke hopes to expand the musical horizons of his students with all things that are able to be achieved through music.