Luther College Community Music School reopens with new programming

July 13, 2022

Luther College music education students are gearing up to relaunch the Luther College Community Music School. Area musicians are now invited to enroll for the fall 2022 offerings. LCCMS will offer private study, service learning opportunities, and community events in the year ahead.

“I am excited about the opportunity to teach students about music in a real-world environment,” said Emily Fisher ’23, student teacher. “I know this experience will help me grow as a music educator and will be a positive experience for young students to learn a new skill.”

Students of all ages enrolling in private lessons (all band and orchestral instruments, piano, guitar, drums, and ukulele) will have twelve 30-minute weekly lessons with LCCMS teachers, scheduled for Monday evenings or Saturday mornings with other times available upon request. A LCCMS student recital will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov.14 in the Noble Recital Hall on Luther’s campus. Tuition is $150, which includes the lessons, recital participation, and an accompanist for the student recital. Registration for lessons is available online.

The service learning component of the LCCMS allows Luther music education students to volunteer under the supervision of a faculty member. Community connections will include music classes at Sunflower Child Development Center, Modern Band (rock band) classes with students from Crossroads Academy, ukulele ensemble with homeschooled students in the area, and directing the Voices in Harmony choir at Gundersen Harmony Care Center. These experiences are designed to be mutually beneficial for participants and our future educators.

The first community event, Ukepalooza, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in the Orchestra Room of the Jenson Noble Hall of Music. Send your student (ages 10 and up) or bring your whole family for a fun evening of group playing. Bring a uke if you have one or use one of ours!

The Young Person’s Concert is an event is created for preschool and young elementary students. We choose a picture book and bring it to life with music, complete with activities for audience participation, and followed by an instrument petting zoo experience. Mark your calendars for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5!

“I am excited to teach through the LCCMS because this is an opportunity to apply what I spend so much time studying – teaching music to the greater community and kids,” said Patrick Carew ’24, student teacher. “As someone who entered college in fall 2020, the opportunity to first work with students in a classroom as a first-year was not a reality for me, so to finally be able to have exposure and a feel of what facilitating a learning environment consists of is super exciting. The earlier I can understand how I can be the best teacher I can be, the better.”

The Luther College Community Music School exists to nurture students of all ages and levels of experience in order to expand their musical skills, provide affordable music education opportunities, offer teaching experience for future music educators, and encourage lifelong music making. Contact Jill Wilson lccms@luther.edu with questions.

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