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Community school program brings summer camps for all ages

June 12, 2014

Photo of violin and musicIf you have a passion for making and learning music, the NIU Music Building is the place for you this summer.

Enroll in private music lessons, join the NIUkulele or the NIU Guitar Ensemble, bring your small child to a group music or piano class, or enroll in an adult group piano or guitar class.


Students of all ages and ability levels may register for 30-, 45-, or 60-minute lessons.

Private lessons are available on most musical instruments, as well as in specific areas of theatre (such as auditioning skills), and visual art (such as drawing). NIU students and faculty, as well as community artists, will serve as instructors. Students and teachers meet every week for six weeks.


Prelude Class (ages 1 to 3) is a group class with lots of fun music listening, creative movement activities, songs and lap games.

Development Class (ages 3 to 5) builds on the material learned in Prelude Class and adds musical patterns and skills through games, songs, creative movement, playing percussion instruments, basic music theory and learning about some of the instruments of the orchestra. A parent must accompany the child to each class.

Both six-week classes will meet Saturdays beginning June 21. Prelude begins at 10 a.m. and Development begins at 10:35 a.m. Laurie Rodriguez teaches the classes.

Piano Starter for Children is a beginning piano class for ages 5 to 7.

Children meet in a small groups and learn basic notes and position of keys and play simple tunes. This is a great way for parents to know whether their children are ready for private lessons.

The class meets six times over three weeks, from 4 to 4:40 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning June 17. Teacher Jaina Krueger is a piano and harp teacher with the community school, where she has taught for several years.

Sara Vogeler teaches the Musical Tales class.MUSIC CLASSES FOR OLDER CHILDREN AND ADULTS

Guitar Basics is a beginning class in which students learn to read music, play songs, and construct and play scales and chords. Students gain knowledge about music theory and experience various styles of guitar techniques. The class meets for six Wednesdays beginning June 18.

Guitar Basics, Section 1 is for ages 9 to 12 and meets from 7 to 7:55 p.m.; Guitar Basics, Section 2 is for ages 13 to adult and meets from 8 to 8:55 p.m. Quentin Dover will lead instruction. He is an experienced guitarist with many years experience teaching all ages both privately and in a group setting.

Square One Piano: Group Basics Class is a beginning group piano class for ages 13 to adult. Students learn simple tunes and basic skills, such as reading music and playing chords. Piano Forte: Building Piano Skills is an intermediate group piano class for ages 13 to adult. Students are encouraged to choose music to learn that they enjoy listening to, from ragtime to folk to show music.

Both classes begin on June 16 and meet for six Mondays, Square One from 6 tp 6:55 p.m. and Piano Forte from 7 to 7:55 p.m.

Teacher Carly Gorman has taught piano lessons with the community school for many years and teaches at Kishwaukee College.

The College of Visual and Performing Arts will offer its popular Jazz Camp the week of July 14.


NIUkulele Ensemble is a fun group designed for beginning and intermediate players ages 9 to adults.

Students learn to play melodies, chords and songs in many styles, and to perform solo and in unison and harmony. Beginners receive instruction on the instrument and players with more experience are assigned more involved parts. Guitar teacher Eric Schroeder directs the group. He brings experience as a private and group lesson teacher.

The group begins on June 23 and will meet on Mondays beginning June 17 from 7 to 7:55 p.m. A recital is scheduled for Wednesday, July 30 at 7 p.m.

CSA Guitar Ensemble encourages players to enjoy the guitar in an ensemble setting and gain confidence and skill on the instrument. The class is designed for beginning and intermediate players. The six-week program meets from 8 to 8:55 Wednesdays beginning June 25.

A recital is scheduled for June 30 at 8 p.m. Quentin Dover is the director.

For more information, visit or call (815) 753-1450.