NIU’s Community School of the Arts is offering spring classes in guitar, steelpan and ukulele.
The CSA Steelband meets Monday evenings from 7 to 7:55 p.m., beginning Jan. 28. Students ages 14 to adult learn to play the steelpan in a fun ensemble setting.
With a sound like no other, this instrument lends itself to the performance of many different types of music.
Instruments in one of the six voices that range from soprano to bass are assigned to students, who learn to play several pieces in the traditional calypso style, as well as classical, rock and rhythm and blues.
No previous experience on the instrument is needed, but it is recommended that students be able to read music.
Teacher Yuko Asada is a graduate of the NIU School of Music, where she earned a master’s degree in steelpan performance. Liam Teague, director of the NIU Steel Band, will attend one rehearsal to teach a master class.
Guitarists of all ages and experience can learn to play better by enrolling in private lessons or a class or participating in a guitar ensemble. Classes and the ensemble meet Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 30 in the NIU Music Building.
Guitar Basics Section 1 is for ages 9 to 12. The group meets from 6 to 6:55 p.m. and learns to read music and play songs, scales and chords.
Guitar Basics Section 2 is for ages 13 to adult. The group meets from 7 to 7:55 p.m. and learns the fundamentals. In addition, students will learn some music theory and experience various styles of guitar techniques.
CSA Guitar Ensemble is for those 14 and older and is for beginning and intermediate players. Students enjoy playing with other and gain confidence and skill on the instrument. The repertoire is chosen to suit the ability and musical taste of each student. The ensemble rehearses from 8 to 8:55 p.m.
Quentin Dover teaches the classes and directs the ensemble.Private lessons on the guitar are offered by several community school teachers.
For a fun and different musical experience, join the NIUukulele Ensemble this semester. The group meets Monday evenings from 7 to 7:55 p.m., beginning Jan. 28.
Beginning and intermediate level students between the ages 9 to adult are invited to bring a ukulele and zest for music-making to this ensemble. Learn to play melodies, chords, and songs in many styles. Players learn to play solo and in unison and harmony.
The class includes basic instruction on the instrument for the beginning player. Players with some experience are also welcome and are assigned more involved parts. All types of ukuleles are welcome (soprano, baritone, etc.) but everyone must bring a ukulele to class.
Eric Schroeder is the director of the ensemble.
These and many other classes and ensembles are offered at the NIU Community School of the Arts this spring. More information about the classes, including details about fees and registration, is available online or by calling (815) 753-1450. The office is located in Room 132 of the Music Building and is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.