UCA’s Community School of Music is still accepting students for private music lessons, the Little Mozart Pre-Piano Class, the Alexander Technique Group Lesson Class and the Central Arkansas Children’s Choir and Youth Choir, according to Jann Bryant, CSM director. Regular office hours are 8 a.m.–5 p.m. at the UCA Snow Fine Arts Center, Room 203. The Community School provides adults and children with an opportunity to pursue music study in a university setting. Research shows that music instruction helps children build confidence and communication skills, develop focused listening skills and foster creativity. Adults can improve or learn new skills and keep their brains active in a new way. Research also seems to indicate that when the elderly take music lessons, anxiety and depression are reduced.
The Little Mozart Class meets Tuesday, 5-5:30pm, beginning Sept. 3. Terrie Shires, Instructor of Music at UCA, will be teaching this class for children entering grades K-2. This is a fun introduction to the keyboard and an excellent program to determine readiness for piano lessons. 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, and it is not too late to join.
Auditions for the Central Arkansas Youth Choir, a mixed SATB chorus for students in grades 10-12 will be held Tuesday – Thursday at UCA from 4-6 p.m. Call Jann Bryant at 501-450-5755 or Teresa Bumgarner at 450-3672 to schedule a 10-minute audition. Additional information about the Central Arkansas Children’s Choir and the Youth Choir is available at centralarkansaschildrenschoir.weebly.com/index.html or at uca.edu/csm (CACC link).
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. Our new group lessons begin Sept. 22 and to introduce the method, a free demonstration class will be given Sunday, Sept. 8, 2pm, 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. Private lessons began last week and openings are still available in both the private and group lessons.
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 professional musicians and teachers. Private instruction is offered in piano, voice, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, harp, Suzuki violin and all band and orchestral instruments. Tuition for private lessons varies depending upon the level of the instructor and costs are listed on the CSM website at uca.edu/csm.