Locked inside every young person is a unique potential. Just Press Play is a one-of-a-kind music program that can help your child (grades 3 -5)  find the keys to that talent. Taught by some of the areas finest university level music professors and professional musicians, this program is an immersive 12-week journey through various instruments, giving your child the chance to try it all. Each session (3 days a week) is a fraction of the cost of private music lessons (full and partial scholarships available). SEE BELOW FOR FULL DETAILS.





Dates: The Academy will begin September 4th 2018 and run through the week of December 16.  Each week will consist of four days of classes for all students.  Classes will be on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.

Time: Classes will be from 4:15-5:45 p.m. each of the three days.

Location: Central Christian Church, 923 Jackson Street, Anderson, IN  46016

Cost/Scholarship: 113.33/week for 12-week program (1700.00 total).  SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE.  Payment arrangements can be made with the Program Director at JobSource.  Refunds are not given for missed classes.

The mission at JobSource is to ensure that ALL children who have a sincere desire to participate in this program have the opportunity to discover their talent regardless of family ability to pay.  The Academy application will have a place to provide information for scholarship consideration.  JobSource will provide partial to full scholarships for those who qualify.


Each student will have one private session each week with his/her teacher, as well as weekly group lessons.  Children learn at different rates, and this allows each student to excel at his/her own pace as well as participating in a group effort where sharing and mentoring can occur.

Progress requires practice.  Practicing correctly, however, greatly increases the ability to master the task at hand.  Students will be able to have their own individual practice area under a watchful eye of a teacher who can intervene early should a correction be needed.  The supervised practice also helps a student who may have already mastered a task proceed to the next one so time is not lost repeating lessons already learned.  Supervised practice allows the teachers to work with students, encourage and reward effort.

Part of each week will be learning music theory, which is a big word covering many things.  Students will learn how to read music (musical notation), key signatures (sharps and flats), how to create chords, how to sing or play from music, and how to write their own music they hear in their mind.

Along with theory, ALL students will have a weekly keyboarding session in addition to their instrument of choice.  Keyboarding allows students not only to be able to play a piano-like instrument, but it allows them to concentrate on the theory portion of their tasks without having to add the challenge of an instrument at the same time.  Keyboarding allows them to hear quickly the differences in pitch, rhythm, chord structure and note sequence.

Music IS rhythm.  All students will have drum and rhythm sessions where they will learn many different styles of music (classical, jazz, hip hop, blues, big band, etc) and how rhythm is at the heart of those styles.  Most students love these sessions as they are fun, upbeat, fast and require quick thinking to produce challenging patterns.

This part of the week will dive into the calm, peaceful and listening part of the experience.  Students will listen to many different types of music from the 1600’s to today.  They will begin to hear their instruments in music compositions such as listening to how the animals are portrayed by instruments in Peter and the Wolf.  They will listen and talk about how music has changed over centuries and decades and how those changes have impacted society and culture.

As students progress through the course, they will begin to play together in small groups of like instruments, in small groups of different instruments and one large group of everyone together.  They will hear, feel and see how each part of a composition contributes to something larger than themselves.  The group will perform recitals the last week of the Academy, with a concert on a real performing stage for the public to attend culminating the 15-week experience.

Other Information

Transportation is not provided.  You are encouraged to network with other participating parents from your child’s school to arrange transportation to and from the Academy.
All instruments for the Academy will be provided by JobSource.  Your child will not incur any charge for rent or purchase of any instrument.  All instruments will remain at the Academy.  If your child chooses to select a brass or woodwind instrument, he/she will receive his/her own mouthpieces, reeds, etc., for personal use, and those will be stored at the Academy.  All instrument repair, maintenance and supplies for instruments will be provided by JobSource.
Upon selection to the Academy, each child and his/her parent(s) will be required attend a ‘Welcome to Just Press Play’ orientation night prior to the beginning of the Academy.  We will have at least two Welcome sessions to accommodate schedules.  It is understood that if your child is accepted into the program, he/she will attend all sessions weekly for the entire 16 week period.  While we understand circumstances may occasionally prevent attendance, regular participation is critical to your child’s ability to learn and gain proficiency in their instrument as well as group progress.  No make-up hours or lessons are available, and absences/tardiness can be cause for dismissal.
For questions or information concerning the music curriculum content, teaching staff, other Academy music questions, please email the Academy Director, Becky Chappell at rachappell@anderson.edu.  For program logistics, cost, payment arrangements, acceptance/admission status, please contact the Program Director at JobSource, Jennifer Davisson at jdavisson@madisoncounty.in.gov or call 765-621-8861.


Dr. Chappell is the Director of Music Business Studies at Anderson University and Professor of Music in clarinet and saxophone.  She received a B.A. in Music Education from Anderson University, M.M. in Music Performance from Oklahoma City University, and D.A. in Music Performance from Ball State University.  Rebecca is a “first call” studio session player and member of the world music band, INDYKLEZ, and the Doctors of Dixieland.  She also performs with several area orchestras, including Anderson Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Lafayette Symphony, Indianapolis Opera Orchestra and Muncie Symphony.
Mr Huntoon received his B.M. in Music Education from Millikin University and M.M. in Music Performance from Bowling Green State University.  He served as Director of Low Brass, Jazz Ensemble, and Assistant Director of Bands at Anderson University from 1998-2017. John is currently principal trombonist with the Anderson Symphony Orchestra, Kokomo Park Band, and Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre Orchestra.  He has also performed with several area orchestras, including Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Evansville Philharmonic, Marion Philharmonic, Lafayette Symphony, and Kokomo Symphony, as well as many notable artists, such as Ray Charles, The Moody Blues, Marie Osmond, Johnny Mathis, and George Benson.
Dr Murray is an Emeritus Professor of Music at Anderson University, where he taught for 37 years, until May of 2017. He holds a doctorate in music literature and trumpet performance from Indiana University, where he was a student of Charles Gorham and Louis Davidson. He was awarded the Indiana University Performer’s Certificate, and was the winner of the Brass Concerto Competition at Indiana University. While at I.U., he performed in the Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Domenic Spera and as first trumpet in many symphony orchestra and opera performances. He is comfortable performing in a variety of musical idioms, and has performed with artists such as the Temptations, Lou Rawls, Roger Williams, Ann Jillian, Carol Channing, Sandi Patty, Peter Nero and the Jan Garber Orchestra. Besides being a freelance musician, he played principal trumpet with the Anderson Symphony Orchestra for over 30 years and is currently a member of the Monument City Brass Quintet and “Rinati.” For over a decade, he was a performer, arranger, and program developer for “Book Readers and Horn Blowers,” a not-for-profit organization that presents books and music to children.  
Mr. Reiner is a percussionist and drummer specializing in jazz, pop, ethnic, and classical styles. He is currently an active studio musician and has performed with the Flip Miller Band, the Spectrum Percussion Trio, the Art Reiner Trio, Al Cobine Big Band, Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, and the Indianapolis Brass Choir.  He has also performed with many notable artists, such as Red Skelton, Bob Hope, George Burns, Mitzi Gaynor, Holiday on Ice, Ringling Brothers, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Sandy Patti, Stars of Lawrence Welk, as well as several area orchestras, including the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Indianapolis Opera, Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, and Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra.  Art currently teaches percussion and conducts African Drum Ensemble at the University of Indianapolis and conducts percussion workshops for kids throughout the state for Young Audiences of Indiana.
Dr Brooks completed his Ph.D. at the University of North Texas. His dissertation, entitled “Imagined Sounds: Their Role in the Strict and Free Compositional Practice of Anton Bruckner,” investigates the degree to which Bruckner’s harmonic-counterpoint teachings affected his compositional output. Prior to coming to Anderson University, Jonathan was a Lecturer of Music Theory at Baylor University for the 2000-01 academic year where he taught classes in form and analysis, traditional harmony, and twentieth-century analysis and ear-training.
Jesse Hawkins holds a degree from the New School of Music in Philadelphia. His educational accomplishments include a Performance Certificate and an Orchestral Fellowship. He studied with world renown violinists such as Josef Gingold, Franco Gulli, Itzhak Perlman and Erick Friedman. He currently is the Concertmaster of the Carmel Symphony Orchestra and a Master Teacher/Coach with the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra in Indianapolis. Jesse has traveled the world as a principal violinist with chamber music groups, opera, and ballet companies.