JUMPStart your love of music with classes, lessons at Heidelberg

Aug 19, 2013

Community Music School logoThe Community Music School at Heidelberg University is expanding its program to include group and online courses, beginning this fall.

“JUMPStart” group music classes are designed for those who want to further their musical interests without a large time or monetary commitment. “Classes are being offered in five-week sessions as an introduction to various musical experiences,” said Cynthia Ramsdell, director of the Community Music School. Sessions are open to the community and are available for people of all ability levels.

Classes are now forming in guitar for teens and adults and piano for adults, as well as online classes for teens and adults in music technology and auditioning/performing. Online classes include optional private coaching sessions.

Registration for fall classes begins Aug. 26. JUMPStart classes are $40 per class, payable at the first session. Participants may enroll in more than one session.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Group Guitar Class for Adults 18 and Over – Saturdays at 11 a.m., beginning Sept. 14 in Brenneman Music Hall. Taught by Heidelberg graduate Collin Stump.
  • Group Guitar Class for Teens (ages 13-18) – Saturdays at noon, beginning Sept. 14 in Brenneman. Taught by Collin Stump.
  • Piano Class for Adults – Tuesdays at 8 p.m., beginning Sept. 10 in Brenneman. Taught by Cynthia Ramsdell.

Also new this fall, a pair of online courses will allow students to proceed at their own pace. Adults and teens can enroll in Music Technology and may explore such topics as songwriting, learning about garage bands, the music business, hip-hop culture, music and the movies, history of music technology and music and video games. Students will have access to the computer lab and software in Brenneman Music Hall. Open hours will be held weekly for students to work with the instructor. No prior music experience is required.

The Community Music School also can sign up for Audition and Performance 101, another online course. The course is designed to improve the audition skills of students planning to major in music in college or for those who are preparing to audition for a musical production. Students will learn how to select and prepare a piece of music for audition, how to walk and talk in a performance setting, how to look and act the part and relaxation techniques to combat nervousness. As a bonus, each student will receive three in-person coaching sessions. The class is being taught by Elizabeth Tracy-Held, who graduated from Otterbein University with her bachelor’s degree in music education.

The Community Music School also offers private lessons on most band and orchestral instruments (keyboard, voice, guitar) as well as voice and theory and composition for students of all ages and ability levels. Enrollment is continuous and flexible. Fees range from $12 to $20.

For additional information or to register, contact Ramsdell at 419-448-2619 or email cynthiaramsdell@yahoo.com.