String Academy now enrolling for summer programs, ages 3 years to adult

Enrollment is open for summer programs from Fort Hays State University's Western Kansas String Academy.

Executive Director Cathy Drabkin said this is the perfect time to plan to fill the summer with music through classes and private lessons.

"Brush off that guitar in your closet or start a brand new instrument," said Drabkin. "Listen, learn, explore and play!”

She said that almost 20 classes, ensembles and private lessons will be offered through WKSA for children, starting at age 3, through adults. Summer programs offer a variety of opportunities, from listening to music and non-instrumental exploration to beginning training on instruments and enrichment activities for current players.

New this summer are lessons in bass guitar, piano exploration, drumming class, Looney Tunes cartoon music, listening to jazz and more!

To check out the full range of summer offerings and program costs, go to the Web site at and click on the Summer Music Program 2009 link on the left side of the page. Financial assistance is available for qualified families.

The registration deadline for June classes is May 26.

Drabkin said that questions about class levels, finding instruments, starting young children or other musical concerns can be addressed to her at or by phone at (785) 628-5363.

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