Celebrating Over 25 Years of Musical Excellence
Welcome to the Catawba College Community Music Program, a non-degree granting program of Catawba College that has offered quality music instruction for students of all ages and abilities for over 25 years.
Our program was founded on the belief that an education in the arts is one of the most essential and enriching experiences a child, youth or adult can enjoy. We have an outstanding dedicated staff eager to share their knowledge and talent for the development of their students' performance, understanding and appreciation of music. We welcome all of you, young and old, beginners and accomplished. There is only one requirement ... a desire to learn about music!
Why Catawba Community Music?
Experience — Our program was founded in 1984 by nationally respected music educator and Professor Emeritus of Catawba College, Elizabeth "Libby" Carlton. Along with other Music Department faculty at Catawba, Professor Carlton developed musical opportunities and programs to meet the needs of area students from early childhood years to adult years. Today, Community Music continues to evolve with the broad and varied student population and musical needs of our community.
Reputation — Catawba Community Music has thrived and progressed over the past 25 years, maintaining an impeccable track record. Our faculty and staff are known for their excellent musical training (most hold advanced degrees) and professionalism. Many faculty members participate in professional music ensembles, recordings, as well as performances and conferences across the nation.
Active Learning — We emphasize active, thoughtful participation, not entertainment. Through various classes, students are provided opportunities that emphasize purposeful movement, interactive activities/games and listening experiences to learn important, lifelong concepts.
Sequential Programs — Our sequential programs serve learners from infants to adults — a complete bridge from early childhood classes to music lessons, classes and ensembles. Our early childhood curricula are uniquely effective because they are designed learning sequences that repeat and build patterns to continually reinforce and stimulate children.
Performance Opportunities — Our students participate in recitals, festivals, ensembles and numerous performance opportunities throughout the year. Recitals, located on the campus of Catawba College, allow our students and guests, to hear other students, including children and adults, play a variety of instruments.
Options — We offer students the opportunity and enjoyment of learning and performing in a group setting with supportive peers or in a private, traditional lesson format.
Inclusiveness — Our faculty perform and offer instruction in a variety of musical styles and genres to beginning, intermediate and advanced students.
Flexibility — We are large enough to offer a wide selection of programs, yet small enough to meet your individual goals and needs.
Fair Prices — All of our lessons, classes and ensembles are reasonably priced, making them more accessible and affordable for members of the community.
Established in 1984, the Catawba Community Music Program (CMP) is a non-degree granting program of Catawba College. CMP was designed to provide a variety of quality musical experiences including private lessons, music classes and performance opportunities to help students of all ages and abilities in Salisbury and the surrounding areas develop lifelong musical foundations and skills. Our program was founded and directed by nationally respected music educator and Professor Emeritus of Catawba College, Elizabeth "Libby" Carlton. Along with other Music Department faculty at Catawba, Professor Carlton gradually developed musical opportunities and programs to meet the needs of area students from early childhood years to adult years. Today, Community Music continues to evolve with the broad and varied student population and musical needs of our community.
Currently, many varied options of teaching styles and levels are offered to students enrolled in CMP private lessons. The program's Professional-Teachers consist of highly qualified instructors, most who hold advanced degrees in music and have many varied performance experiences. Undergraduate-Teachers and Undergraduate-Assistants are carefully selected music majors from the Department of Music at Catawba College.
Additionally, we now offer a wide variety of musical classes and ensembles for students of all ages including Early Childhood classes, Children's Chorus, Youth Chorale, Youth Wind Ensembles, Songwriting Class, Drama Classes, and class and private instruction on a variety of instruments.
Because each student is unique, our flexible programs are designed to meet individual needs and schedules. For help in planning the best for you or your child, please call the CMP office at (704) 637-4345.