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Thursday, January 15, 2015

PRESTO at SU Offers Students Opportunity to Learn to Play a Musical Instrument

SALISBURY, MD---Want to learn to play a musical instrument? Salisbury University can help.

PRESTO, the Preparatory School of Music at SU, is seeking students of all ages and skill levels for its spring sessions, beginning in early February. Private instruction is available in strings (violin, viola, cello and bass), piano, voice, guitar, and most orchestral and band instruments.

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New this semester is a group piano class for adult beginners on Wednesdays from 1-1:50 p.m., meeting weekly from February 4-March 11. The six-week introductory class takes place in a digital group piano lab, enabling students to hear only their piano and the instructor's piano, fostering a relaxed, stress-free learning environment.

Taught by Dr. Nan Richerson, the class covers basic principles of music reading and keyboard. No music background is assumed or required, and participants will develop keyboard skills that will enable them to play for their own pleasure. It is not necessary to own a piano to enroll, as students may practice at SU. An open house for interested adults is 1-1:50 p.m. Wednesday, January 28, in Fulton Hall Room 234.

Individual lessons begin the week of February 9. Students participate in 12 weekly sessions each semester, culminating in a student recital on Tuesday, May 12, in Holloway Hall. Cost for private lessons range from $300 per semester for 30 minutes ($25 per lesson). Lessons for 45 minutes and one hour are also available. Half-hour sessions with student teachers are available for $240 per semester. Group lessons are $20 per class.

Individual lessons are offered on weekday afternoons or Saturday mornings. Except for piano, students are required to bring their own instruments.

To register for classes, call 410-548-2985 or email presto@salisbury.edu. For more information, visit the Presto website at www.salisbury.edu/musicdept/presto.


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