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Edinboro Community Music School offers classes for all ages, scholarship assistance

Fall season of instruction begins Sept. 9

08/14/2013

Registrations are being accepted for Edinboro University’s Community Music School, which kicks off its season the week of Sept. 9. Private instruction in Suzuki violin, Suzuki piano and all orchestral and band instruments, as well as voice, piano, guitar, mandolin, banjo and bagpipe, is available.

The Community Music School provides music instruction for students from age 5 through senior citizens, said Edinboro University professor and Director of the Community Music School LeAnne Wistrom.

“Students enrolled in the Community Music School also perform in district, regional and state bands, orchestras and choruses, and many are members of the Erie Junior Philharmonic Orchestra and its small ensembles. A number are winners of scholarship competitions,” Wistrom said. “Our adult students come from all walks of life and are homemakers, working adults and retired persons, or college students who desire to continue studying their instrument.”

Along with professors from the University’s Music Department, the Community Music School faculty is comprised of experienced music teachers from the community and student instructors. The student instructors are advanced music majors or recent Music Department graduates who were recommended by their Applied Music teacher to teach for the Community Music School.

Scholarship assistance is available to those who qualify but is limited by availability of funds. Scholarships are funded through donation and usually cover a portion of the tuition. Applicants for scholarship assistance are asked to submit a letter explaining their financial need, along with the registration form and a refundable $15 registration fee. The fall deadline for scholarship applications is Sept. 5.

Classes begin on Sept. 9 and continue through Dec. 7. Late registrations are accepted throughout the semester but are dependent on the individual teacher's availability. The Edinboro University Community Music School is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Lessons and classes are taught both in the Dr. William P. Alexander Music Center on the main campus in Edinboro  and at Edinboro University in Erie – The Porreco Center in Millcreek Township. Some offerings are specific to location. Please check with the Community Music School office for specific offerings on each campus.

For additional registration, donation and scholarship information, contact LeAnne Wistrom at (814) 732-1357 or lwistrom@edinboro.edu, or visit the Community Music School website at http://www.edinboro.edu/departments/music/community_music_school.dot.