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Enrichment Opportunities for children in the Joplin area

Everyone benefits from the extraordinary opportunities at TJ.

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TJ has opportunities for all children in the 4-States region

Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School offers dozens of enrichment opportunities for TJ students and other children in the community.

TJ’s Music Academy offers lessons from talented faculty in voice and several types of instruments.

Kids College offers two-hour, one-day enrichment opportunities on Saturdays on the TJ campus for curious 5- and 6-year-olds.

Curious 3- and 4-year-olds and their caregivers may participate in the Young Scholars program on the TJ campus.

TJ also offers a full range of camps and classes for students in Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 during the Summer Discovery Academy. These engaging half- and full-day summer programs are open to all students in the Four-States region.

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Summer Discovery Academy in Joplin

TJ’s Summer Discovery Academy courses offer a wide range of summer enrichment opportunities for children in grades Pre-K through 12. The Academy is open to students from all schools in the 4-States area.

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Young Scholars

Inquisitive 3- and 4-year-olds and their parents or guardians are invited to participate in Young Scholars. These interactive classes at TJ focus on school readiness skills through crafts, songs, and read-aloud stories.

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The Young Scholars program offers interactive classes on the TJ campus for curious 3- and 4-year-olds and their parents or guardians. These classes focus on school readiness skills and fun through crafts, songs, and read-aloud activities.

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Kids College offers two-hour, one-day-only Saturday enrichment opportunities on the TJ campus for curious 5- and 6-year-olds. The cost is $15 per child, per session. Enrollment is limited so please register early.

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Open to all 3rd through 5th graders in the Four-States region, TJ’s Destination Discovery program delivers exciting and engaging classes on Saturday Mornings several times each year.

Classes are taught by TJ faculty members and hosted on the TJ campus. Enrollment is limited so please register prior to the Thursday before each session.

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To help your child continue to grow academically over the summer months, TJ offers the Summer Discovery Academy. The Academy offers engaging and exciting courses and trips for Lower School through Upper School students. Both half- and full-day programs are offered.

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Music academy students

The TJ Music Academy is an after-school program that offers private music instruction to the youth and adults of Joplin and the surrounding area. We offer lessons in strings, voice, woodwinds, and guitar that take place in our lovely facilities with our experienced faculty. Lessons rates are $40 per hour, $30 for a 45-minute, and $20 for a 30-minute lesson. Lessons are scheduled after school with the private instructor based on his or her availability. We offer many performance opportunities including recitals and music festivals, and we encourage a strong work ethic and a passion for music.


Academy Staff

Rebecca Cutler

Rebecca Cutler, violin/viola, holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from Pittsburg State University and a Master of Degree in Violin Performance and Orchestral Conducting from Illinois State University. Her primary teachers have been Ben Sayevich, Sarah Gentry, Selim Giray, (violin), Glenn Block, and Craig Fuchs (conducting). Miss Cutler has been a private violin and viola instructor for more than 10 years and taught previously at Missouri Southern State University where she directed the Suzuki Violin Academy and taught applied strings and string techniques. She has happily been at Thomas Jefferson IDS since 2012 teaching LS/MS/US Strings. Miss Cutler also performs with the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas in Fayetteville as well as other regional orchestras.


Levi Randolph

Levi Randolph directs the saxophone studio and saxophone chamber ensembles at Missouri Southern State University, and teaches courses in music appreciation and world music. Levi earned his Master’s Degree in saxophone performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, where he studied with renowned saxophonist Tim Timmons. He is an in-demand woodwind freelance artist for numerous jazz and classical venues, weddings, concerts, operas, musicals, and chamber music events. After graduating from UMKC (he earned a B.A. in saxophone performance at MSSU before attending UKMC), he moved to Joplin and began a private studio, co-founded the quintet Jomo Jazz in 2013, and in 2014 established the MSSU Jazz Camp. Levi’s teaching style emphasizes creativity, critical thinking, and the development of one’s own individual style and sound. Students who study with Levi learn about their craft through discovery and are given the education and tools to become the innovative performers and teachers of tomorrow.


Chelsea Pfeifer

Chelsea Pfeifer is a graduate of Missouri Southern State University, Principal Violist in the Southern Symphony Orchestra, and manager of Golden Spectra string trio. A Texas native with 18 years of performance experience, she has been teaching in the Joplin area for 2 years now and aspires to see string students in the area increasingly active is private lessons. She has high hopes for all of her students to grow in an understanding and appreciation for music, regardless of their experience thus far.



“Making Music Fun” is Miss Jana’s motto. Jana studied piano for 13 years with Joplin’s best and continued her education with a Julliard graduate during her years at MSSC. Jana loves working with children and has devoted over 35 years to teaching piano. She keeps students motivated with recitals, festivals, competitions and music contests. Many of her students have earned “Honorable, “1” and “Winner” ratings at local, state and national levels. Jana is an active member of JPTA, MMTA, MTNA, MFMC and NFMC. Jana would love to share her piano knowledge with your child so they too can learn to love music in their own special way.

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