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

01/15/2014

Registrations are being accepted for Edinboro University’s Community Music School, which kicks off its season the week of Jan. 27. Private instruction in all orchestral and band instruments, as well as voice, piano, guitar, mandolin and bagpipe, is available.

The Community Music School provides music instruction for students from age 5 through senior citizens.

“It is a joy to see the musical growth of students who perhaps are as young as 5 or 6 when they begin, and who continue to study and progress into their teens and beyond,” said Edinboro University professor and Director of the Community Music School LeAnne Wistrom. “We have students who are absolute beginners, small children, tweens, teens and adults; and many who are at more advanced stages of development. With schools cutting back on music these days, music lessons are more important than ever to developing a well-rounded person.”

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 spring semester deadline for scholarship applications is Jan. 23.

Classes begin on Jan. 27 and continue through May 3. 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 on the main campus in Edinboro, at the Dr. William P. Alexander Music Center, and at Edinboro University in Erie – The Porreco Center. Some offerings are specific to location. Please check with the Community Music School office for specific offerings on each campus.

The Community Music School will hold recitals on May 3 at 10 a.m., May 11 at 1:30 p.m. and May 18 at 1:30 p.m.

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 www.edinboro.edu/departments/music/community_music_school.dot.