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Catawba Community Music Offerings for 2007-2008

August 28, 2007

Category: Events, Music


The Catawba College Community Music Program is now enrolling students for 2007-2008 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. The program 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. 

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.

Catawba Community Music also will be offering the following classes to students, including several new additions to meet the interests and needs of the community:

Early Childhood Music Classes will be offered to provide musical opportunities for children ranging from infants to five-year-olds.  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.

Amy Joye-Bailey will serve as the licensed instructor, offering seasoned instruction for children ages three months through age five. Songs, dances, and stories will be revisited and reinterpreted in an age appropriate manner as the children advance from Family Music for Babies (3 months-11 months), to Family Music for Toddlers (12 months-2 years), and to the Cycle of Seasons (ages 3-5). This progression will build on what each child has discovered and enjoyed, making learning fun and effortless.

Join us for a complimentary preview class and share with your family the wonderful benefits of music and movement in early childhood. (Tuesday, September 18, 5:30-6:00 pm, Williams Music Building, Catawba College).

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, Angela Robbins.

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, Dennis Reed.

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, Instructor, Angela Robbins.

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.

Violin Class for Beginners
Class violin is designed to meet the needs of the beginning violinist including adults and students age 7 and up. Students start with fundamentals and progress to solo and ensemble playing. Classes have limited enrollment and meet one hour per week for 15 weeks each semester. Class Time TBA, Instructor, Dr. Daniel Skidmore.

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 and Instructor, TBA.

Vernaculars H/S Ensemble (Grades 9-12) 
Vernaculars H/S is an ensemble dedicated to the performance of quality contemporary popular (vernacular) music. Through participation, high school-age musicians gain experience performing a variety of styles of vernacular music in an ensemble setting. Vernaculars H/S also serves as a vehicle for the performance of original works, and gives the technologically inclined a chance to work with live sound reinforcement. Enrollment is by audition only. Class time TBA; Director, Dennis Reed. Call the Community Music Office for audition information.

Catawba Children’s Choir (ages 8-13)
Designed to provide opportunities for students (ages 8–13) to learn the fundamentals of good singing and musicianship, as well as to develop poise, confidence and good stage presence. The ensemble has limited enrollment and meets one hour per week for the twelve-week session. By audition only. Class meets Tuesday (time TBA), Director, Amy Joye-Bailey. Call the Community Music Office for audition information.

Catawba Youth Chorale (grades 9-12)
During the twelve-week semester, High school students have the opportunity to work with Professor Paul Oakley, Director of Sacred Music and Choral Studies at Catawba, as they learn a wide variety of repertoire and develop their vocal abilities. Classes have limited enrollment and meet one hour per week. By audition only. Class time TBA, Director, Paul Oakley. Call the Community Music Office for audition information.

Most classes and lessons begin the week of September 10, 2007. 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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