Community School offers piano classes

Photo of fingers on piano keysThe NIU Community School of the Arts offers two piano classes for teenagers (ages 13 and older) and adults this fall.

The classes begin Monday, Sept. 9, and meet for 12 weeks. Teacher Carly Gorman brings a wealth of teaching experience to the classes. In addition to many years of private teaching, she is also a music instructor at Kishwaukee College.

Square One Piano is a class for beginners. Students learn the basics of piano playing, including reading music, developing piano technique and understanding scales and chords. Students collaborate on duets and small ensembles. In addition, students have the opportunity to arrange/compose a piece of their choice.

Piano Forte is a class for advanced beginners and intermediate players and is recommended for students who took piano lessons at one time or have had at least one semester of the Square One class. Piano Forte includes a more in-depth study of piano technique and scales and chords. Students collaborate with one another on more-advanced duets and small ensembles.

In both classes, students have the opportunity to arrange/compose music of their choice. The classes might end with an open house for family and friends at the last class.

These classes are among many art, theater and music classes, ensembles and lessons offered each semester by the NIU Community School of the Arts, sponsored by the NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts. For more information, call (815) 753-1450 or visit Room 132 of the Music Building.

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