Steven J. Lent is the new minister of music at First Christian Church of Mineral Wells.
His previous church music experience includes music ministry positions with Weatherford’s Central Christian Church and Arlington Heights Christian Church in Fort Worth.
Lent has performed as pianist throughout the southwestern United States. As a singer, Mr. Lent has done voice-over work for Silver Burdett and Ginn at their Fort Worth recording studio. He has participated in seasonal work with the vocal jazz performance group The Living Christmas Card, and enjoys arranging piano ensembles for his students.
Lent earned a Bachelor of Music Education with vocal concentration from TCU and has taught music for three years in the public school system.
His pursuit of a career as pianist and singer have been guided by such prestigious pianists as Dr. Jerry Wallace, Rosalie Levant and Paul Pollei, in addition to vocal and conducting instructors Kathleen Terbeek, Randol Bass, Angela Turner-Wilson and Sheila Allen.
Lent comes to Mineral Wells with 18 years piano teaching experience with an emphasis on knowledge and fun. He has successfully applied his instruction methods in teaching students in the north Tarrant County and Weatherford areas. He will now be available to teach students in the Mineral Wells area.
Lent’s teaching philosophy begins by highlighting the social aspect of music learning. Teaching in classes of 4-6 students, students are grouped according to age and ability. A digital keyboard is provided during class for each student to use.
In addition to teaching mastery of the keyboard, Lent said he includes game time during his lessons. Rhythm, notation, sight-reading, composition, and other building blocks of music are all taught and reinforced during each lesson with the use of interactive teaching aids and games.
Lent believes students learn more quickly in groups, since most children enjoy group activities that teach them skills. Group piano students learn concepts from the teacher as well as one another; inspiring and motivating one another.
The group setting also allows students the opportunity to “make music” with others, developing keener listening skills and a better sense of rhythm. Concentration and teamwork enrich their musicianship, while building enthusiasm and conquering performance anxiety.
Lent believes piano lessons can and should be a happy experience for students and their parents.
He has also joined the Burch School of Music as a faculty member to provide his extensive teaching experience in both group and private piano instruction, and will resume his participation in teaching the school’s pre-school Kindermusik curriculum.
For further information, scheduling and enrollment forms, or to be placed on the waiting list please contact Lent at 817-584-2931 or email Get.SLent@gmail.com.