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Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy

Performing and Visual Arts


Performing & Visual Arts Department Personnel



Instrumental Music


Dr. Rachel Julian, Chair

MS Class Piano

MS Beginning / Intermediate Percussion

HS Percussion Ensemble / Drumline

CSN Jumpstart Concurrent Credit Program - Music



Dr. Rachel Julian began performing music at the age of five when she inherited her grandmother's Hammond organ. At age eleven, she chose to play percussion in her junior high school band, and she never looked back! She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Percussion from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2005. She also holds a Master of Music and a Bachelor of Arts in Music.


A freelance percussionist in Las Vegas, Rachel’s performance credits include the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Nevada Pops, Vegas! The ShowCeltic WomanLion King – Las VegasHairspray, Nevada Ballet Theater, Opera Las Vegas, Nevada Opera Theatre, Hugh Jackman, Luciano Pavarotti, Killian’s Angels, Steel R & R Steel Drum Duo, the Tommy Rocker Band, and other freelance opportunities. Rachel appears on the DVD, Andrea Bocelli – Amore Under the Desert Sky, and has performed in Mexico, Canada, England, China, Austria, Poland, Germany, and the Czech Republic.


In addition to teaching at Agassi Prep, Dr. Julian serves as Percussion Specialist for the Las Vegas Youth Orchestras and the Clark County School District. She instructs camps, gives clinics, and maintains a private studio. She never tires of seeing young people find their passion! Rachel is currently Secretary of the Nevada Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society. She is a member of the American Federation of Musicians as well as the Vic Firth and Remo Education Teams. She endorses SABIAN Cymbals and Majestic / Mapex Percussion.




Mr. Andy Emerson

MS / HS Band

MS / HS Orchestra

Currently teaching his first year of Grade 6 - 12 Band and Orchestra at Agassi Prep, Mr. Andy Emerson is happy to join the growing music department! Mr. Emerson is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, where he studied instrumental music education and trumpet performance under Dr. Robert Kase.
Andy also earned his Masters Degree in Fine Arts Education from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls and his Principal and Director of Instruction licenses from Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Prior to teaching at Agassi Prep, Mr. Emerson taught in Somerset, Wisconsin for fourteen years.

Ms. Elena Kapustina

ES Strings

Ms. Elena Kapustina graduated from Belarus State Conservatory - Russia in 1989 with a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Cello Performance and Pedagogy. She is a former member of the Opera-Philharmonic Society Orchestra of Plovdiv, Bulgaria and has toured Europe, Asia and the United States with the Plovdiv National Opera Theater for 13 years. Elena is a member of the Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra as well as a very active performer of chamber music with many different groups including her "Eclectic" trio. In addition to teaching at Agassi Prep, she is a para-professional with the Clark County School District, a teacher at Nevada School of the Arts, and she maintains her own private teaching studio.




Speech and Debate
Mrs. Emily Fagan-Baker
Speech and Debate
Emily Fagan-Baker entered the world of theatre at age seven with a role in the musical, Oliver! Subsequently, she performed nonstop, attending countless theatre workshops and camps throughout her childhood. By the time she entered college, she had already taught some of her own workshops.
Speech and Debate was, and is, an equal love of Emily’s. She competed in speaking and debate events in high school, and, after graduating, she became a judge with Communication Services.
Mrs. Fagan-Baker majored in Theater and Communications at the University of Houston-Victoria. After graduation, she moved to Austin, Texas to continue her career. While in Austin, she directed theater at the University of Texas, starred in shows at Concordia University, produced her own show, and was a company member at The Vortex. Emily was the Executive Director of Groundwork Music Project, and then went on to become certified in Theater, Speech, and English. Serving as a Speech and Debate coach for two years allowed her to travel with her students and enjoy state and national success. Following this, Emily taught and directed at the Austin Children’s Theater.
Besides teaching at Agassi Prep, Mrs. Fagan-Baker currently serves on the Executive Board of the Las Vegas Little Theatre (LVLT), is the Director of the LVLT Youth Theatre Academy, directs, performs, and helps out behind the scenes. She strives to instill in students the value of being an effective and confident communicator!
The Performing & Visual Arts faculty at Agassi Prep works diligently to surpass local, state, and national arts standards. We provide rigorous college academic instruction through the mediums of visual arts, instrumental music, vocal music, dance, and theater arts. The department is comprised of a highly qualified team of dedicated teachers who strive to offer the most outstanding arts education for every student at Agassi Prep. Our team consists of professional artist-teachers who perform music, produce theater productions, dance professionally, and create and display visual art, as well as educate. The departmental team provides ample opportunities for the students to showcase their hard work, dedication, discipline and talents at various venues and concerts throughout the school year. The faculty believes that every student has the ability to learn and develop through these disciplines. The department holds several on-campus performances each year. In addition, Agassi Prep partners with several organizations that allow for our students to take trips and witness high-quality productions in the valley area. Our students have the ability to take their talents and participate in other arts organizations in the area as well. These students perform in honor band, honor orchestra, solo and ensemble festival, dance recitals, art shows, and often are performers for special events.
Vision Statement: The vision of the Performing & Visual Arts Department is to be a highly qualified arts educational program. We strive to develop the students artistically and academically so that they leave the academy with a lifelong interest and understanding of the arts. Our graduates who choose to pursue an arts related major will have the platform to succeed at their choice of top universities.
Mission StatementThe mission of the Performing & Visual Arts Department is to cultivate the creative talents and aspirations of our student body within a college preparatory curriculum. Our graduates will reveal defined skills learned through the arts that will enable them to be productive, self-directed, lifelong learners who appreciate and respect diversity and culture. 

Instrumental Music:  The Agassi Prep Instrumental Music Team works diligently to create and instill students with a deep appreciation of music. Beginning in Elementary School, students are introduced to instruments in the string family and learn the foundation of music theory through a Suzuki-based curriculum. Upon graduation to Middle and High School, the students have the opportunity to continue their music education to a more advanced level through the study of string, wind, or percussion instrument(s). Daily instruction includes basic music fundamentals, music reading, and learning the mechanics of playing an instrument. Advanced music education serves as a vehicle to prepare students to compete for future college scholarships and acceptance to university programs around the country.
Vocal Music:  Chorus allows students to discover, develop and widen their appreciation of music through voice. Lives of all people are enriched and strengthened by music. Students learn to take this appreciation and explore it through classical, contemporary and secular choral literature. This approach provides music education, vocal training and technique, and performance experience at the highest artistic level possible and exposes students to numerous cultures of vocal ensembles. Career and vocational possibilities are explored for students who may want to continue their training into their college years. This in turn gives students a life-long love for music.
Visual Art:  Visual art range from the folk arts, drawings and paintings, to sculpture and design and from architecture to film. Students in these courses develop a deeper and more profound appreciation of visual art that reflect the maturation of their creative and problem-solving skills. Students understand the multifaceted interplay of different media, styles, forms, techniques, and processes in the creation of their work.