West Virginia University’s Community Music Program will begin registering students for spring classes at the Creative Arts Center Monday, Jan. 5. p. The program offers private lessons for children and adults in piano, organ, voice, brass, woodwind, percussion, strings, guitar, harp, jazz singing, jazz improvisation and the Alexander Technique.
Classes for spring include: Music for Babies (infants and young toddlers); Explore and Enjoy (for ages 2 and 3); Theory I (ages 8-12); Theory II (ages 13 to adult); Suzuki Violin (ages 4 and up); Beginning Piano (ages 7-9); Six-Week Introductory Harp Class; Introduction to Alexander Technique Workshop (Tuesday, Feb. 10); and Alexander Technique (eight-week group class).
The Alexander Technique is a method for improving balance, support and flexibility and enhancing performance. The technique is used by performing artists and teachers to reduce performance anxiety, lessen likelihood of injury, enhance stage presence, improve breathing and voice capacity, and promote inner calm.
Students may also participate in music ensembles, including Small Group Jazz (ages 13-18); Community Arts Orchestra (ages junior high through adult); Elementary Choir (ages 7-8); Youth Choir (ages 9-14); Steel Band Ensemble I&II (ages 9 to adult); African Ensemble (ages 9 to adult); Chamber Music (intermediate and advanced); and Flute Ensemble (ages junior high through adult).
Registration will continue through Jan. 20 in Room 401A of the WVU Creative Arts Center and classes begin that week. Community Music Program office hours are 1-4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. For more information, call 304-293-4841, Ext. 3185, or visit online atwww.wvu.edu/~music.