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Catawba College Community Music Program Enrolling Now

January 09, 2009

Category: Music


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Community Music ProgramThe Catawba College Community Music Program is now enrolling students for spring classes, ensembles and lessons. Providing quality music education and opportunities for students of all ages and levels of ability since 1984, Community Music is located in the Williams Music Building on the campus of Catawba College.

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Early Childhood Music Classes will be offered to provide musical opportunities for children ranging from twelve-months to four-years-old. Musikgarten is an early childhood music and movement program that offers a sequential plan for the musical development of a child. This program is not about entertaining children with singing and musical games but rather about enhancing the development of fundamental skills through an age-appropriate, sensory based curriculum of musical elements and activities. Erin Harper will serve as the licensed instructor, offering Family Music for Toddlers. (12 week semester beginning in February; 30 minute classes; Tuesday 9-9:30AM, 12-12:30, or 4-4:30PM. For more information contact emharper@catawba.edu or 704-680-9140)

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Catawba Children's Choir (ages 8-14) is now holding auditions for young singers (ages 8-14) to be a part of this exciting ensemble. No previous experience is required. Varied performance opportunities will include performing on a collaborative program, An Evening of Magical Song, featuring Disney musical selections with the Catawba College Theatre Department and the Catawba College Choral Ensembles, under the direction of Paul E. Oakley. The ensemble has limited enrollment and meets one hour per week for the fifteen-week session. By audition only. Class meets Thursday 4:00 PM. Director, Randi Skaggs. Auditions: January 15 and 22 at the Williams Music Building, Catawba College. Call (704) 637-4106 for more audition information.

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Children's ChoirCatawba Youth Wind Ensembles (ages 11-16) are two exciting new instrumental ensembles for young musicians (ages 11-16) to experience excellent instrumental instruction and quality performance opportunities. The "beginner" wind ensemble is designed for students with no more than a year of previous instruction. The "intermediate" wind ensemble is designed for the student with a minimum of one year instruction on his/her instrument. Offering instruction in brass, woodwinds and percussion in a fun, relaxed environment. Opportunities to work with both Catawba College departmental and Community Music faculty and Catawba music students. Repertoire includes a variety of musical styles from traditional pieces, contemporary popular pieces to film music. Instruments: Students provide their own instruments. Ensemble Schedule: Beginner Youth Wind Ensemble meets Monday 3:30-4:30; Intermediate Youth Wind Ensemble meets Monday 4:45-5:45 in Hoke Hall, Catawba College. (15-week semester). Instructors: Dr. Steve Etters, Debbie Koontz.

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Songwriting Class (High-school Age through Adults) is designed to introduce students to the art and craft of songwriting. Topics will include melody, rhythm/style, harmony, form, and lyrics as well as the nature of aesthetics and the place of popular song within modern culture. Some background in music is required to take the course, but no formal training is necessary. Class time TBA; Instructor, Derek Daisey.

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Pre-Piano Class is designed to introduce young children (6 years - younger 7 year olds) to the elements of music while learning about the unique qualities of the piano, this class is a creative bridge to the reading of music notation with music meaning. The child's natural curiosity about music is stimulated in through various class activities that include moving, singing, creating, listening, and playing keyboard and rhythm instruments. This two-semester course meets once a week and serves as an appropriate introduction to the more formal study of piano and/or other instruments. Meets one hour per week for 15 weeks each semester. Tuesday, 3:30-4:30 pm, Instructor, Erin Harper.

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Class Piano for Children is based on an active learning approach where musical concepts come alive as students learn and work together in a supportive group environment. Modern and innovative methods emphasize the development of essential musical skills including technique, ear training and improvisation, along with piano repertoire. Activities at the keyboard and musical games in theory make this class ideal for the beginning pianist. Classes have limited enrollment and meet one hour per week. Separate sessions are offered for children and adults. All classes meet one hour per week for 15 weeks each semester, Instructors, Erin Harper and Emily Schuttenberg.

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Class Piano for Adults is offered for both beginner and intermediate adult students. The Beginner Class is for adults who always wanted to play piano but never had the opportunity. Students will learn important music fundamentals including music reading, music theory, aural training, and ensemble playing in a relaxed, stress-free classroom setting. Class Piano for Intermediate Students is designed for the continuing adult piano student. Classes have limited enrollment and meet one hour per week for 15 weeks each semester. Class Time TBA, Instructor, Tina Brown

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Guitar Class for Beginners
Class guitar is designed to meet the needs of the beginning guitarist. Students start with fundamentals and progress to solo and ensemble playing. Classes are available for both adult and young beginning guitarists age 7 and up. Classes have limited enrollment and meet one hour per week. Class Time TBA, Instructor, Derek Daisey.

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Private instruction (30, 45 or 60 minute private lessons) is offered for students of all ages and levels of ability on the following instruments: piano, voice, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, violin, viola, cello, percussion, flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, trumpet, and trombone. Experience, teaching styles, and availability vary from instructor to instructor, including Performing-Artist Teachers, Professional Teachers and Under-Graduate Teachers.

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Classes and lessons begin January 20, 2009. Please call the Catawba Community Music Office at (704) 637-4345 or contact us at www.catawba.edu/communitymusic to register online or for more information.


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