Class Guitar for Adult Beginners, for ages 16 and up, is scheduled for each Tuesday in Summer II, from 6:30-8pm. A materials fee of $7 is payable at the first class. We recommend you bring your acoustic guitar to this economical and fun way to learn to play. Smokey Emerson, UCA's guitar professor, will teach both classical, jazz and rock songs, along with theory and reading music. Maximum class size: 10, Minimum: 5. Tuition: $120. First class: July 2. SFA 125 Tuition: $150.
Early Bird Rate for both Guitar Classes: $10 off tuition if you pay by June 19!
Beginner Youth Guitar Class, for students age 9-15, is scheduled for Tuesdays from 5-6:15pm. Nate Mathews has a lot of experience teaching youngsters and will help students develop the skills to read notes, learn basic guitar music theory, and play a variety of folk, classical and rock songs. An acoustic guitar is recommended. Maximum class size: 8, minimum 4 students. A materials fee of $7 is payable at the first class, July 2. Tuition: $120. First class: July 2. SFA 125 Tuition: $150.
We can’t guarantee you will be ready to perform on America's Got Talent in just 6 weeks, but if you listen and practice, you will be playing in many different keys, know all the basic chords, and will be playing some great songs!
Suzuki Talent Education in violin is offered as an option for younger children. In the Suzuki, or “Mother Tongue” Method, children learn music just as they learn their own language, through listening (to recordings of the music), encouragement, and repetition in practice. Students receive a private lesson each week and several group lessons during the semester. You may have a lesson on Tuesday or Thursday during the school year, but lessons are taught on Thursday only during the summer. For ages 4 and up. Instructor: Catherine Becker, SFA 208
Little Mozart Pre-Piano Class: This is a fun introduction to the keyboard and an excellent program to determine a child's readiness for piano lessons. This 6-week class is for children, approximately ages 5-7, and in Kindergarten - Second grade. Students meet weekly: Tuesday, 4:30-5 pm. Maximum enrollment: 6. Minimum enrollment for class to make: 4. Tuition: $90. A materials fee of $15 is payable at the first class in May. Instructor: Terrie Shires, SFA 134A
Auditions will be held August 12 and 19 for Choristers, Concert Choir and the CAYC. Call 501-450-5755 to schedule your audition time.
Central Arkansas Children's Choir for boys and girls in grades 4-9 and consists of the Choristers training choir and the Concert Choir.. The CACC promotes musical literacy and performance by providing a challenging, high quality choral experience for its members, and has received numerous awards and trophies since it's creation in 1996.
If you are in high school and love to sing, check out the new Central ArkansasYouth Choir (CAYC) for 10-12th graders. This select 24-member choir is for alto, soprano, tenor and baritone/bass voices. While the choir is beginning with no more than 24 students, plans for the future include a larger mixed choir group. The CAYC will preform at special events and selected engagements, as well as holding a Christmas and Spring Concert.
The CACC and CAYC will begin rehearsals for Fall on Monday, September 9. The CACC rehearses each Monday of the school year from 6-7:30pm. The CAYC will rehearse each Monday from 7:30-8:30pm. Our former director moved out of state recently and the CAYC and Concert Choir will be led by a wonderful new professional conductor in the fall. Dr. Paige Rose directs the Choristers. Bart Dooley, music specialist at Ida Burns Elementary assists as accompanist.
Students receive instruction in vocal technique, learn a variety of music in many styles and languages, perform several concerts each semester, and compete in a regional competition annually in the spring. Dr. Fisher stated in an announcement released last summer, “We have a lot of great performance opportunities this year and hope many new excited and gifted young singers will join us. Last fall we sang with Pat Boone in Reynolds Performance Hall and were also featured in the Conway Symphony Orchestra Christmas Concert. In the spring, we collaborated with the University of Arkansas Children's Choir for a special joint concert, were featured performers at the UCA Night of Distinction fundraiser; in June we participated in the Windy City Youth Choral Festival in Chicago's historic Orchestra Hall.”
During the Fall 2012 semester, the CACC performed in concert with the Conway Symphony Orchestra and with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra in their annual Christmas concerts in December. Along with other excellent reviews, the Arkansas Democrat Gazette noted the CACC's performance was one of the highlights of the entire performance. The CACC also performed at College Square Retirement Center and at UCA's Snow Fine Arts Recital Hall. More opportunities are available in the spring, including a performance in Branson, MO.
Next spring choir members have the opportunity to visit New York City and perform in the Festival at Carnegie Hall. Participation in the festival is a wonderful opportunity for our members but is NOT mandatory. We hope many of our Choristers, Concert Choir and CAYC members take this opportunity to participate in this 3-day festival but participation is not a requirement of becoming a CACC member!
AUDITION INFORMATION: A short audition is required for membership. Parents or older students should contact the Community School office at 501-450-5755 or 450-3672, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to schedule a 10-minute audition. A prepared piece is not required for the CACC; a short 2-minute song and sight-reading is required for the CAYC. All students are asked to match pitches. Tuition is $210 for the school year and and a payment plan may be set up upon request. Donations are being accepted for need-based scholarships and for assisting our students who plan to attend the Carnegie Hall Music Festival. Contributions are tax-deductible and additional information is on the CACC website, or you may call our office at 501-450-5755.