UCA’s Community School of Music (CSM) is registering students for the Fall 2012 semester, according to Jann Bryant, CSM director.

The Community School provides adults and children in the central Arkansas area with an opportunity to pursue music study in a university setting.

Private lessons are offered in piano, voice, harp, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and all the band and orchestral instruments.

Suzuki violin is also offered for the young learner. Group lessons are available for pre-piano instruction and guitar, and several choral ensembles for youth also are available.

Office registration hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. in the UCA Snow Fine Arts Center, room 203.

Instruction will begin the week of Aug. 27 and classes are set up on a 13-week semester unless otherwise noted.

Students may register by mail, fax, or e-mail, or register in person in the CSM office.

Tuition costs, class information and registration forms may be obtained by calling the CSM office at 501-450-5755 or 450-3672 or emailing jannb@uca.edu or tbumgarn@uca.edu.

If openings allow, registration may be accepted for lessons up through the first week of classes and later on in the semester on a prorated basis.

"Our music school is very special and we have a class or a teacher for almost anyone from age 4 to senior citizens. Students in our program can study with a UCA music professor, a public school teacher, or a fulltime member of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra," Bryant said.

"UCA students studying to be professional musicians and music teachers in our degree programs are also available as teachers. Tuition costs vary based on the education and experience level of the instructor. Group lessons and lessons taught by undergraduates are our most economical way to learn an instrument."

Terrie Shires, Instructor of Music at UCA, will be teaching the Little Mozart Pre-Piano Class for children currently in grades K-2.

"This is a fun introduction to the keyboard and an excellent program to determine readiness for piano lessons," Bryant said.

There will be a total of six classes, which will meet Tuesdays, from 4:30-5 p.m, beginning Sept. 4. The group method encourages practice and provides performance experience during the class. Maximum class size is six, with a minimum enrollment of four to make a class.

Class Guitar for Beginners, for teens and adults ages 16 and up, will meet Tuesdays, 6-7 p.m., beginning Aug. 28.

Nathan Mathews, a 2010 graduate of the UCA music program and guitarist in the local band, The Toneadoes, teaches the class.

"This is an excellent method for students with little or no experience playing the guitar and an economical way to learn guitar basics," Bryant said. The class meets a total of 12 weeks. An acoustic guitar is recommended.

The award-winning Central Arkansas Children’s Choir will hold its first fall rehearsal Monday, Sept. 10, from 6-7:30 p.m.

The CACC, led by Dr. Ryan Fisher and Dr. Paige Rose, is open to students in grades 4-9. There are two groups in the treble-voiced (upper voices) CACC: Choristers, a training choir, and the Concert Choir which performs more advanced repertoire.

Beginning this fall, a third group for students in grades 10-12 will join the CACC umbrella.

"We are looking for 24 talented singers in grades 10-12 to form the charter group of the newly formed Central Arkansas Youth Choir -- a soprano, alto, tenor and bass mixed choir," said Fisher, Director of the CAYC.

"They will perform at the CACC fall and spring concerts and participate in a choral festival each year. They will also perform by invitation at conferences and other high profile events. Rehearsals will be from 7:45-9 p.m. on Monday evenings beginning Sept. 10."

A short 10-minute audition is required for either CACC or CAYC membership and any student who is interested may audition on Aug. 25 or Sept. 8.

A short prepared song is required for the CAYC audition, along with sight-singing and matching pitches. The audition for either Choristers or Concert Choir will include matching pitches and performing a simple song.

Parents or interested students should contact the Community School office at 501-450-5755 or 450-3672 for an audition time or email the office at jannb@uca.edu or tbumgarn@uca.edu.