Music & Worship Arts Academy

About the 2019-20 Academic Year

For the 2019-20 academic year, the MWAA program will offer two different classes and student placement will be determined by audition.

Philharmonic Orchestra, Mondays from 4:30-6 p.m.

Chamber Orchestra Mondays from 6:15-7:45 p.m.

Classes will meet at San Jacinto College Central Campus. MWAA will not offer beginning level classes this year.

Assessment & Grading
We will use a different type of assessment this year and we will no longer use Smartmusic. Students will make short videos of themselves performing different scales, exercises, etc., and submit them at various times. More on this later.

Students are expected to be on-time and present at all scheduled rehearsals and performances.  Orchestras, like sports teams, are interdependent; everyone relies on others to be present and do their share.  Students are expected to understand the importance of this commitment before registering.  Attendance and promptness will be a part of the student record this year so please discuss this with your student before registering. Of course, there will occasionally be illness and emergencies which we will work through on an individual basis as necessary.

Non-Profit Status
The Music & Worship Arts Academy is now a non-profit, charitable organization with 501 (c)(3) status. This affects parents in a few ways:

  1. Please make all checks out to “MWAA.”
  2. All income received by the MWAA will be considered a donation and will receive a receipt.
  3. To send funds electronically, such as PayPal, please send to:

About the Music & Worship Arts Academy

We are a string orchestra program in the southeast Houston area offering group classes and private instruction for students in grades 4-12.  We offer string orchestra classes for beginning, intermediate and advanced students as well as private lessons on several instruments including violin, viola, cello, string bass, electric bass and harp. Classes meet once per week for one hour and tuition is $40 per month, per student. There is a 20% tuition discount offered for any additional siblings.  Students will need to obtain an instrument and our instructors are glad to assist parents in that process.  In addition, there are structured weekly games and activities for the students to make friends with others in the group.  

It’s the ultimate intent of our program to help students learn to play an instrument, develop numerous musical skills, perform with a group and meet other students who share their interest. This is not a co-op as all classes are taught by Dr. Nyle Sexton and other state certified string orchestra teachers.  Advanced classes are held on Mondays at 4:30 & 6 p.m. and beginning and intermediate classes will be held on Wednesdays or Thursdays at 4:30 & 6 p.m. All classes are held at Jan Corbin Hall at San Jacinto College, Central Campus on Spencer Highway in Pasadena.  

For more information about our program, please navigate our website and contact us with any questions.  We would love to hear from you!

Dr. Nyle Sexton


I am originally from Reynoldsburg, Ohio and I graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education with an emphasis on String Orchestra Education from the Ohio State University School of Music in 1994. In college, my primary instrument was upright bass and I played a lot of electric bass as well. I have been a certified teacher since 1994, and I have spent a lot of my career teaching music to public and private school students in grades 5-12.  Primarily, I have taught string orchestra, but I have also spent time teaching class guitar, band, choir, music theory, general music, electronic music, etc.

For my graduate studies, I attended The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies in Orange Park, Florida where I earned my master’s in 2004 and my doctorate in 2007.  For my doctoral thesis, I designed and wrote a course of worship study entitled, Developing a Course on the Fundamentals of Christian Worship for Louisville Bible College. I’m including this information because this is an entire college course about music & fine arts that I wrote for non-musicians almost a decade ago. The idea was to help pastors and other non-musicians have a better understanding of Christian worship. This is published and you can actually purchase this here: The course I’m offering for our homeschoolers comes from the same general idea as not all of them are musicians, but they should have a basic understanding of the fine arts.

In addition to teaching music, I am also an ordained pastor (Christian Church, 2007) and I have served various churches as a musician, worship leader, pastor, educator, etc., for over thirty years now (goodness, I feel old!).

Anyway, that should be enough information to get you started. If you want or need it, here is the rest of my bio:

  • Bachelor of Music Education, Ohio State University (1994)
  • Master of Worship Studies (2004), The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies
  • Doctor of Worship Studies (2007), The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies
  • Region 4 Principal Certification Program, Houston Texas In 2013, I completed the program of study to receive the State of Texas Principal’s Certification. 
  • 2008-14: Indiana Wesleyan University, Indianapolis, Indiana Adjunct Professor of Fine Arts.
  • 2011-12: Houston Graduate School of Theology, Houston Texas
    Adjunct Associate Professor of Christian Worship.