UCA’s Community School of Music (CSM) will hold walk-in registration for current and new students Wednesday through Friday, for the Fall 2013 semester.
Registration hours are 8 a.m. to noon and 1–6 p.m. in the UCA Snow Fine Arts Center, room 203.
Classes will begin the week of August 26 and are set up on a 13-week semester unless otherwise noted. Students may also register by mail or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com). Class information and a registration form is located on the CSM website at uca.edu/csm. If preferred, contact the office to have a Word version emailed to you and this can then be completed and emailed back. To contact the CSM office by phone, call 501-450-5755 or 450-3672.
The CSM is beginning its 23rd year of providing excellent musical training in a university setting to children and adults. Approximately 12,000 individual students in central Arkansas and surrounding counties, as well as students from Oklahoma, Louisiana, Missouri and Tennessee have received musical training from CSM instructors. Many have gone on to pursue degrees in music and are now teachers or professional musicians. A number of former CSM students have taught or are currently teaching lessons in the CSM.
The faculty of the Community School consists primarily of UCA Department of Music faculty members and selected graduate and undergraduate students, but also includes adjunct instructors who are experienced and trained professionals.
Private instruction is offered in piano, voice, guitar, harp, fiddle, mandolin and all band and orchestral instruments. The Community School has an average enrollment of 300-350 students per semester, instructed by approximately 65 instructors.
Private and Group lessons are taught in the Alexander Technique by Cliff Hicks, a member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique and a certified instructor for over 20 years.
Private lessons begin the week of August 26. Our new group lessons begin September 22 and to introduce the method, a free demonstration class will be given Sunday, Sept. 8, 2 p.m., at the Faulkner County Library, 1900 Tyler Street, in Conway. Teachers, athletes, office workers, performing artists, and people from every walk of life have used the technique for prevention and recovery from injury and repetitive motion strain, end tension headaches, and to promote endurance.
Catherine Becker, Suzuki Violin instructor, teaches Tuesday evenings and Thursdays as needed. In the Suzuki or Mother Tongue method, children, age 4 and up, learn music just as they learn their own language, through listening, encouragement and repetition in practice.
A parent or caregiver attends each lesson and assists the child at home. Private lessons are given each week and several group lessons also will be taught.
Terrie Shires, Instructor of Music at UCA, will be teaching the Little Mozart Pre-Piano Class for children currently in grades K-2. This is a fun introduction to the keyboard and an excellent program to determine readiness for piano lessons. There will be a total of six classes, which will meet Tuesdays, from 4:30–5 p.m, beginning Sept. 3. The group method encourages practice and provides performance experience during the class. Maximum class size is six, with a minimum enrollment of four to make a class.
Auditions for the award-winning Central Arkansas Children’s Choir will be held Monday, Aug. 19, beginning at 4 p.m. Parents or students should phone or email the CSM office to schedule their audition time. Call 501-450-5755 or 450-3672, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional information is available at centralarkansaschildrenschoir.weebly.com/index.html.
The CACC will hold its first fall rehearsal Monday, Aug. 26, from 6-7:30 p.m. with a parent meeting at 6 p.m., led by the new Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education, Dr. Sheri Cook-Cunningham, and assisted by Dr. Paige Rose,
Choristers and Concert Choir are open to students in grades 4-9. Choristers, a training choir, and the Concert Choir rehearse each Monday at UCA from 6-7:30 p.m. The more recently formed Youth Choir (CAYC) is for students in grades 10-12 and is a mixed voice, SATB, choir.
Students receive instruction in vocal technique, learn a variety of music in many styles and languages, perform several concerts each semester, and perform in a regional or national music festival or competition each spring.
The spring trip is optional, not mandatory, but this year the CACC will be attending the Heritage Music Festival at Carnegie Hall in NYC. Donations are being accepted for need-based scholarships and to help support student fundraising for the NYC music festival, and all donations are tax-deductible.
Donations to help fund a tuition scholarship or assist with the Carnegie Hall trip may be made out to UCA Foundation — CACC and mailed to the UCA CSM office, SFAC 103, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway, AR 72035.