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Community Music School opens for children and adults

Community_Music_School.JPGBOONE – The Appalachian State University Community Music School (ASU-CMS), a new initiative of the Mariam Cannon Hayes School of Music, will provide noncredit music instruction for children and adults in the local community. Registration begins Aug. 1.

The school combines university expertise with area teaching artists to provide outstanding musical training. It will also give Appalachian students a chance to sharpen their teaching skills.

This year, the school is providing group and individual instruction in guitar, African drumming, Suzuki and traditional violin, viola, cello and guitar. A high school choral ensemble will also be offered as well as piano lessons.

“Our intention this year is to start small, and then expand our offerings,” said Liz Rose, a professor in Appalachian’s Mariam Cannon Hayes School of Music and director of ASU-CMS.

The school’s teachers are Appalachian students and faculty, as well as musicians from the community whom the school refers to as “teaching artists.” Rose said the experience will benefit Appalachian students who hope to teach music someday.

“One of our primary goals in addition to providing excellent musical training is to provide field experiences for Appalachian music students, so they’ll be better teachers,” she said.

Other goals include developing supportive and integrative partnerships with the local public schools and social service agencies.

Reaction to the program has been positive, Rose said.

“We feel everyone is open and excited that the school of music will be open to the community. I think kids will feel really good about coming here and making music. I think they’ll feel empowered,” she said.

For information, contact Rose at (828) 262-6448 or, or visit and see the link for ASU Community Music School.

Photo caption: Po-Yi Ho receives violin instruction from Hayes School of Music faculty member Nancy Bargerstock. (Appalachian photo by University Photographer Mike Rominger)