Group guitar lessons will be offered in the spring by Fort Hays State University's Western Kansas String Academy.
Lessons are designed for fourth-grade and older students who have never played the guitar. Students will be instructed by Luke Johnson, FHSU music education major and founder of the Luke Johnson Trio.
"We noticed the need for a more formal instruction of the guitar within the community, and although many children are given guitars, they soon lose interest," said Cathy Drabkin, WKSA's acting director. "Hopefully, this will provide a comprehensive and supportive approach while allowing skills to be built without loosing their interest."
In addition to the group classes, students will receive weekly 30-minute private lessons from Johnson, participate in weekly music appreciation classes and perform in an ensemble and individually. Students will also learn how to read music. Although students are responsible for providing their own instruments, WKSA will provide music books and T-shirts for the students.
Class size is limited to 10 students. Classes will take place on Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon in Malloy Hall on the FHSU campus. The first class is scheduled for Jan. 14, 2006. Private lessons will be arranged.
Cost for the 12-week program is $150. An installment payment plan is also available. Applications for registration are due by Jan. 6, 2006. For an enrollment packet or for more information, contact Drabkin at (785) 623-4187, e-mail at email@example.com, or visit the WKSA web site at www.fhsu.edu/wksa.