[Matthew Apgar / Daily Chronicle]
Montzka-Smelser is one of 64 College of Visual and Performing Arts’ faculty instructors, Anderson said.
“Ann is a rock star,” Anderson said. “We have so many great teachers. She’s able to really get the best out of her students.”
NIU’s College of Visual and Performing Arts offers music lessons and workshops by the bunches in every instrument imaginable.
Anderson said a retired 70-plus-year-old DeKalb resident enrolled in banjo lessons a few weeks ago. He used that example as a moment to prove a person is never too young or old to begin learning an instrument. NIU provides lessons not just for all ages, but also all skill levels, including a Suzuki Orchestra Program, which Montzka-Smelser helps lead.