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ASU Community Music School registration begins Aug. 2

Article Published: Jul. 29, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

The ASU Community Music School (CMS) combines university expertise with area teaching artists to provide musical training.

Registration for the fall semester begins Aug. 2, and while individuals register for a semester at a time, many students have returned each semester since the program began in 2007.

Fees vary according to the teaching artist's training and experience, and the complete list of teachers still accepting students is available from CMS director Ed Allison at ( or call 828-262-6452.

The mission of the Appalachian State University Community Music School is: "Transforming Lives through Sustained and Deeply Engaging Experiences in Music."

The program provides noncredit music instruction for children and adults from the local community, as well as surrounding Western North Carolina counties. The instructors include musicians who play with area symphonies and bands, as well as ASU music students and ASU faculty.

A limited number of scholarships are available based on financial need, and proof of income is required for the application process. In the past, approximately 10 percent of the ASU CMS students have been awarded a partial scholarship, and donations are always appreciated to help sustain this goal, a spokesperson for the program said.

The ASU CMS offers a Piano Lab with touch-sensitive electronic pianos to teach music reading fluency, rhythmic skills, ear training, sight reading and much more. Hands-on E-Z Notes learning tools are used in the classes to maximize both retention and fun, the spokesperson said.

Another group experience is available through the CMS is the High Country High School Chorale. This choir for students in grades 8-12 is designed for both male and female singers who would enjoy having additional opportunities in singing and vocal performance.

Public, private and home-schooled students are invited to participate. Students who have had limited choral experience are welcomed, as well as those who have more experience.

The choir's repertoire features a wide variety of quality music, including folk, sacred, classical and jazz literature. Emphasis is placed not only on good singing techniquem, but also on development of excellent musicianship.

Besides group music opportunities, the ASU Community Music School offers individual instruction in Suzuki violin and cello, piano, studio percussion and traditional guitar instruction, as well as traditional violin, viola and cello. Additionally, a new instrument offered this year is the flute, taught by an ASU music student who holds a performance diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Flute instruction is offered for both adults and youth, and any level experience is welcome.

Those interested in the enrollment process can e-mail Ed Allison at (
Registration begins Aug. 2 and continues through Aug. 18, and classes begin the week of Aug. 23.

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