Private lessons on violin, viola, cello, guitar or bass guitar for students of almost all ages and abilities, offered by the Fort Hays State University Western Kansas String Academy, will begin in late January. Half-hour lessons, taught by WKSA staff, are available in four-, six- or 10-session packages. Lessons will take place in Malloy Hall on the FHSU campus and are arranged at mutually convenient times for the student and the assigned instructor.
The academy is also currently enrolling for two different Saturday morning pre-school music classes this spring.
"Meet the Orchestra" is a fun-filled exploration for 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds of all the instrument families and players of a symphony orchestra. During the eight-week class, children are introduced to basic music concepts such as pitch, tempo, dynamics, rhythm, tone-color, musical styles and beginning music notation as they learn about the brass, string, wind and percussion families and their leader, the conductor. Age-appropriate discovery through games, singing, drumming, movement and listening will be featured.
"Movers and Shakers" is the Level 2 class following "Meet the Orchestra." It will feature more opportunities to sing, dance, explore instruments and listen to a wide variety of music from all cultures and eras. "Movers and Shakers" will focus on reading music rhythm and playing those rhythms on different instruments. The children will learn songs that will enhance their reading, playing and singing skills and will serve as a preparatory class to playing an instrument. The final class will include a short performance highlighting the eight weeks of fun for parents and grandparents to see.
For more information or registration materials, contact Cathy Drabkin at (785) 628-5363 or firstname.lastname@example.org.