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Community School of the Arts invites children, parents to CSA O’Rama open house Aug. 28

August 19, 2010
Daughter and mother participate in a CSA Prelude class

A daughter and her mother participate in a CSA Prelude class.

The NIU Community School of the Arts invites people of all ages to CSA O’Rama, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 28, at the Music Building.

Families can ask questions about the program, sign up for free sample music lessons, learn more about the Suzuki approach and attend sampler classes. All activities are free and open to the public.

Staff will be on hand in the Concert Hall lobby from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Beginning at 10 a.m., 15-minute sample music lessons are available on a variety of instruments. These must be arranged ahead of time by calling the office Friday, Aug. 27, and interested students must have an instrument. The limit is one lesson per person.

The following classes will have a 20-minute sneak preview session: 

10:00 to 10:20 a.m.

  • Prelude and Development Classes (ages 1 to 5)
  • Guitar Basics (ages 9 and older)
  • Paper Free Music Theory Class (ages 13 and older)

10:30 to 10:50 a.m.

  • Suzuki parent chat. Parents are invited to learn more about the Suzuki approach.

11 to 11:20 a.m.

  • Suzuki sampler class (ages 3 to 10)

11:30 – 11:50 a.m.

  • Musical Tales (ages 3 to 5)
  • Group Piano for Adults (ages 18 and older)

Parents are expected to attend the Musical Tales and the Prelude and Development classes with their children. There is no limit on the number of classes, but people are asked to call ahead of time to reserve spaces.

The NIU Community School of the Arts is sponsored by NIU’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. About 80 teachers offer lessons on most musical instruments as well as in art and theater. More than 500 people from nearly 50 towns and cities travel to DeKalb each semester for lessons and classes.

To reserve a space in a class or rehearsal, call Renee Page at (815) 753-1450.