The Community School of Music at the University of Central Arkansas is offering two beginner guitar classes this semester, beginning Jan. 22 and 24.  

Smokey Emerson, UCA’s guitar professor, is teaching the Adult Guitar Class for Beginners, for age 16 and up.  Emerson holds a master’s degree in guitar performance from the University of Oklahoma and has been teaching at UCA since 2004.

Nate Mathew’s Beginner Guitar Class, for students age 9-15, is a new class for the younger beginner students who want to learn to play the guitar. Mathew holds a BA in Music from UCA.  He is a fine classical and jazz musician, and performs in the classic rock band, The Toneadoes.  

"These classes are our most economical way to learn guitar basics while studying with an experienced teacher," Jann Bryant, director of the UCA Community School of Music, said in a news release. "Class guitar is fun and very informative. Students who practice will be amazed at how much they can learn in just one semester."  Students will learn to read both notes on the staff and tablature, and learn the most commonly used guitar chords, scales and arpeggios, and songs of various styles and genres, including pop, rock, jazz and classical.    

The adult class, which has a maximum enrollment of ten, will meet from 6-6:50 p.m. Tuesday evenings in the UCA Snow Fine Arts Center, room 125, beginning Jan. 22.  There will be twelve weeks of instruction and tuition is $150, with a materials fee of $7 payable to the instructor at the first class. The youth class has a maximum enrollment of eight, and will meet from 6-6:45 on Thursday evenings, beginning Jan. 24 in SFAC 125.  Acoustic guitars are recommended for the classes.

People who are interested should call or email the Community School of Music to reserve their place in the class before registering because of limited enrollment.  Students may register through Jan. 22, if enrollment allows, in the Snow Fine Arts Center, room 203; office hours are 8-12 and 1-5 p.m.  Private lessons are also available in guitar and any other instrument, including piano, voice, harp, and all band and orchestral instruments.  For further information, or to register, call the CSM office at 450-5755 or 450-3672 or email or, or go to