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Wittenberg Center For Musical Development Announces Winter Classes

December 12, 2011  
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Springfield, Ohio – The Wittenberg University Center for Musical Development (CMD) announces its schedule of music enrichment opportunities for children and adults to take place from January through March, 2012. Pre-registration is underway, and pricing includes registration fees.

Appreciating Great American Pop Standards: 1920-1960 aims to enhance enjoyment of the greatest songs created during the Golden Age of a distinctively American musical form. Students will listen to numerous examples from the “big six” composers and their collaborating lyricists and analyze the musical and lyrical structure of selected pieces. Works by Berlin, Kern, Porter, Rodgers, Mercer and others with emphasis on ballads about romantic love and the approaches to the subject – in the process, students will consider how the song form developed and how it relates to other forms, such as ragtime, folk and rock. A basic reading knowledge of the treble clef is sufficient for participation. Classes meet from 7-8 p.m. every Wednesday from Jan. 18 through March 7 in Room 303 Krieg Hall, with Dean Emeritus Paul Parlato providing instruction. The cost is $50 for eight classes.

Start-Up Piano Class for Ages 12 through Adults is designed for older students or those who have wanted to learn or to resume lessons after several years and offers small group instruction on how to read music, musical notation and rhythms in Wittenberg’s state-of-the-art piano lab. Classes meet from 6-6:45 p.m. every Friday from Jan. 20 through March 2, in Room 301 Krieg Hall, with Jack McPeek providing instruction. Textbook for the class is The Older Beginner Piano Course WP 32, by James Bastien. The cost is $100 for eight classes.

Beginning Piano Class for Elementary School Students, grades 1-6, offers first piano lessons in a small group setting to learn to read music and musical notation, find keyboard landmarks and play rhythms. Students will learn to play the piano in Wittenberg’s state-of-the-art piano lab. Classes for students in grades 1-6 will meet from 4:15-5 p.m. every Friday from Feb. 10 through March 16, in Room 301 Krieg Hall, with Tiffany Cary providing instruction. Textbook for the class is Bastien Basic Piano Primer Book (pink – $6.95). The cost is $77 for six classes.

In addition, private lessons are available in piano, organ, strings (including guitar and lute), wind instruments, voice, computer composition, percussion, Suzuki violin and piano. For complete information go to, click on Center for Musical Development.

For more information or to register for classes, call the CMD office at 937-327-7050 or contact CMD Coordinator Nancy Davis by email at Space is limited, so those interested are encouraged to pre-register.


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