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Community School offers group piano classes

January 23, 2013

Photo of “wavy” piano keysGroup piano is a fun way to learn to play the instrument and meet other musicians. This spring, the NIU Community School of the Arts offers group piano classes for both adults and children.

Group Piano for Adults is for ages 18 and older and taught for two levels of players. Level 1 is for beginners. Level 2 is for those who have a good foundation on the instrument or for those who have taken Level 1. Students experience the joys and challenges of learning to play the piano.

Classes are taught in a group piano classroom and each student has the use of a keyboard. The classes meet on Monday evenings, beginning Jan. 28. Teacher Susan Breitner-Hurm has many years of teaching experience, both as a private and group piano teacher.

Piano Starter for Children is for ages 5 to 7 and is taught by experienced music educator and piano teacher Barbara Wirz-Ellsworth.

Children explore the piano in a fun, small-group setting .Students learn basic notes and position of keys and play simple tunes. This class is a good way for parents to determine if children are ready for private lessons. Space is limited to four students. Piano Starter meets from 4 to 4:40 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Feb. 5.

In addition to group piano classes, private and semi-private piano lessons are also available through the Community School.

For more information about these and the many other classes, lessons, and ensembles that are offered at the NIU Community School of the Arts this spring, call (815) 753-1450. The office is located on campus in Room 132 of the NIU Music Building.