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NIU community school offers music classes

Published: Thursday, June 19, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT
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Northern Illinois University's Community School of the Arts offers summer music classes.

Great opportunities to learn and make music begin this month at Northern Illinois University. Enroll in private music lessons, join the NIUkulele or the NIU Guitar Ensemble or bring your small child to a group music or piano class.

Private lesson

Students of all ages and ability levels can register for 30-, 45- or 60-minute lessons. Private lessons are available on most musical instruments, as well as in specific areas of theater (such as auditioning skills), and visual art (such as drawing). Teachers are NIU students and faculty, as well as community artists. Students and teachers meet every week for six weeks and are taught at times and days that are convenient to both students and teachers. 

Music classes for young children

Prelude Class (ages 1 to 3) is a group class with lots of fun music listening, creative movement activities, songs and lap games. Development Class (ages 3 to 5) builds on the material learned in Prelude Class and adds musical patterns and skills through games, songs, creative movement, playing percussion instruments, basic music theory and learning about some of the instruments of the orchestra. A parent must accompany the child to each class. Both classes meet on six Saturdays beginning June 21. Prelude begins at 10 a.m. and Development begins at 10:35 a.m. Laurie Rodriguez teaches the classes.


NIUkulele Ensemble is a fun group designed for beginning and intermediate players ages 9 to adults. Students learn to play melodies, chords and songs in many styles and to perform solo and in unison and harmony. Beginners receive instruction on the instrument and players with more experience are assigned more involved parts. Guitar teacher Eric Schroeder directs the group. He brings many years of experience as a private and group lesson teacher to the ensemble. The group begins on June 23 meets for six Mondays from 7 to 7:55 p.m. There is a recital scheduled for 7 p.m. July 30.

CSA Guitar Ensemble encourages players to enjoy the guitar in an ensemble setting and gain confidence and skill on the instrument. The class is designed for beginning and intermediate players. The group meets for six Wednesdays from 8 to 8:55 p.m. beginning June 25. There is a recital scheduled for June 30 at 8 p.m. Quentin Dover is the director.

All classes and lessons are taught in the Music Building on the NIU campus. For more information, go to www.csa.niu.edu or call 815-753-1450.

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