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PSU opens Music Preparatory School

November 20, 2008 12:00AM

The Pittsburg State University Department of Music has announced the establishment of the PSU Music Preparatory School, which will begin in January. According to Music Department Chairman Craig Fuchs, the program is designed to provide "valuable musical training for the young people of southeast Kansas, as well as enhanced musical training for students who are currently enrolled in their school's band, choir, and orchestra programs." Fuchs said the program is not restricted to children, but is open to community members of all ages.

The Music Preparatory School offerings include Musikgarten: The Cycle of Seasons for children 3-5; voice lessons for students from fifth grade to adult; piano lessons; traditional strings, wind and percussion lessons for students in sixth grade to adult; and Suzuki string lessons through the Scott Nelson Suzuki String Studio, which is a blended string program for students in kindergarten and above.

The voice, piano traditional strings, wind, and percussion lessons are 30 minutes each week. Musikgarten is a minimum of 30 minutes and requires parent attendance and participation.

The cost of the program varies and is based on the area of study and age level of the student.  A discount for families with multiple students in the program has been developed.  The first student will pay the full lesson amount, but any additional family members who enroll will receive a 10% discount for their participation.

Fees for the voice, piano, traditional strings, wind and percussion lessons are $128 per 16-week session for students 14 and under. Fees for students 15 and older are $160. Suzuki String lessons are $195 per 16-week session. Musikgarten for students and parents together is $150 for a 16-week session.

For more information, call the Department of Music at 620-235-4466.

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