About Us

Developing musicians of all ages within a Biblical worldview.

Our Team

The music academy teachers are Juniors and Seniors in the music program at Faith. Our teachers strive to be creative, kind, caring, and competent. Every student will be carefully matched with a compatible teacher.

Nicholson, Sherri

Sherri Nicholson

Director & Ukulele Teacher

   Sherri Nicholson completed her Bachelor’s degree in Music with an emphasis in piano performance from Pillsbury Baptist Bible College. She earned a Masters of Arts from Bob Jones University in Piano Pedagogy. Her experience includes teaching at Musical Impressions, Northwestern Music Academy, and operating her own studio Discovery Piano Studio as a Nationally Certified Teacher.

   Throughout her career, she has actively served as a musician in churches, conferences, and presented in her local Des Moines Piano Teacher chapter. She is an active adjudicator for Des Moines, The National Federation of Music Teachers, MAACS Fine Arts, St. Paul Piano Teachers, and MTNA. Her volunteer roles include Vice President of the St. Paul Piano Teachers and the editor for the Iowa Music Teachers Magazine.

   She has studied piano with many distinguished pianists Dr. Kenon Renfrow, Dr. Paul Wirth, Dr. Alan Huckleberry, and Dr. Rene Lecuona.

   Her hobbies include hiking, jogging, traveling, and spending time with her husband and four daughters.


Logan Scheps

Piano Teacher

    Logan Scheps was raised in a home where music was everywhere. They all sang together at church and even just around the house. Everyone in his family has played a huge part in Logan’s journey to be the pianist he is today. Logan was self-taught for most of his earlier age but eventually began to take lessons from a piano teacher.

   Since then he has taken lessons from a few teachers most recently Mrs. Sherri Nicholson. Logan is currently studying music and the pastoral classes at Faith Baptist Bible College. His goal is to make a difference in his life for God in as many ways as he can, through teaching music, ministering, and counseling. Logan enjoys hanging out with friends, playing sports, singing, and – of course – playing the piano.


Allison Yuan

Piano Teacher

    Since she was young, Allison Yuan has made music part of her life. She discovered a piano at a friend’s house when she was eight and decided to teach herself how to play. A few months later, her parents enrolled her in piano lessons, starting her on a musical journey.

   She has studied with various teachers throughout the years, most recently with Mrs. Sherri Nicholson. She loves to accompany choirs, play offertories in church, and find fun duets to perform with her sisters. She is pursuing a degree in music and biblical counseling at Faith Baptist Bible College. Her goal is to encourage and minister to others through discipleship, counseling, and teaching. She has enjoyed applying what she has learned in her pedagogy classes to her piano lessons. Over the past couple of years, she has taught piano lessons to a variety of age groups, ranging from young children to adults.

   Allison enjoys playing sports, reading books, traveling to different countries, spending time with her family, and playing the cello.


Emma Pedersen

Voice & Ukulele Teacher

    Emma Pedersen is a Senior in the Music Education program. She has studied voice privately since high school. Emma travels with the Uplift Music Team, Chamber Choir, Chorale, and a Summer Ministry Tour with Forever Be Sure.

Emma’s hobbies include singing, playing ukulele, and shopping.


Cesar Gutierrez

Violin Teacher

     Cesar Gutierrez grew up in a musical family in Trujillo, Peru. At the age of six, he started taking violin lessons at the conservatory. When he was fifteen, he joined the Trujillo symphony where he played for four years. After that, he taught at the music academy in Trujillo for four years. In high school, he knew he wanted to come to Faith Baptist Bible College to study sacred music. His goal is to return to Peru to teach music in his hometown.

      Cesar enjoys playing violin for church, orchestra, family, and friends. He enjoys singing, playing soccer, hiking, and writing music.

Payment Options

30 Minute lessons: $26 per lesson
$312 per semester

   45 Minute lessons: $35 per lesson
                 $420 per semester

60 Minute lessons: $45 per lesson
$540 per semester

Payments can be made by semester or by month to the music academy. We accept check, cash,
or credit/debit card. Payments can be made with Abi Stilwell in Domokos Hall.

*If you have any questions please contact Abi Stilwell:
Email: stilwella@faith.edu  |  Phone: 515.422.5623

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