Private music lessons, group lessons and summer music camps are available this summer through the UCA Community School of Music (CSM), according to Jann Duvall Bryant, CSM Director and UCA faculty member.
The CSM will hold walk-in registration today and tomorrow for the Summer I semester in the UCA Snow Fine Arts Center, room 203, from 8-11:30a.m. and 1-5 p.m.
Students also may register by mail, email or phone throughout the month of May.
Students or parents who would like more information or wish to register by e-mail should contact Bryant or Teresa Bumgarner at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or may call the CSM office at 501-450-5755 or 450-3672. Regular office hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday – Friday.
Class information and descriptions of all programs are available on the CSM website at uca.edu /csm.
The Little Mozart Pre-piano class for K-2nd graders begins earlier than most other classes, starting Tuesday, May 22. Early registration is encouraged. Most other classes and lessons begin the week of June 4, although a few teachers have already started summer lessons early. Ten weeks of private lessons are available on the regular summer schedule, beginning June 4. The summer is split into two 5-week terms for most instructors, though some teachers are on different schedules. Summer lesson schedules are fairly flexible and may be worked around the students’ vacation times.
The faculty of the Community School consists primarily of UCA Department of Music faculty members and selected graduate and undergraduate students, and also includes adjunct instructors who are professional musicians. A full listing of instructors is on the CSM website.
The Community School provides adults and children in the central Arkansas area with an opportunity to pursue music study in a university setting. Private instruction is offered in piano, voice, harp, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and all band and stringed instruments.
"The summer is an excellent opportunity for students preparing for early fall auditions or just trying to improve the skills they have been developing over the school year, Bryant said.
"It is also an excellent time to begin an instrument and only register for a few lessons at a time. A total of 10 weeks of lessons is usually possible during the summer, but teachers will teach anywhere from 4-10 lessons."
Group classes in Beginning Guitar for ages 16 and up, pre-piano for ages K-2, Beginning Piano for Late Bloomers – age 55 and up, Piano II for adults, and a new Group Cello Class for beginners and first year students are all available this summer.
Summer Camps are available beginning in June.
Rock Camp, directed by Smokey Emerson for young rockers ages 12-18, will be held June 25-29.
Summer Strings Camp for 6th-12th grade string players, directed by Mike and Susan Burkepile, will be held July 22-28.
It will be the fourth year for both camps and registration has already begun.
In addition, UCA’s music department and CSM will co-host one week of the two-week Faulkner Chamber Music Festival (FCMF), a camp for piano and string students who enjoy playing chamber music, from July 30-Aug. 4.
The FCMF is directed by Jo and Will Preece who are handling all registration for the festival. Their website is www.FaulknerChamberMusicFestival.com.