CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 19, 2009 — The Southeast Missouri Music Academy is now taking enrollments for new students of all ages and levels.
The Academy is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and continues to offer lessons for all band and orchestral instruments, piano, voice, guitar, harp and organ. Openings also are available in the Academy’s Suzuki Strings program. Lessons begin the week of Aug. 31. New this year are group classes for guitar. Students in grades 5-8 and 9-12 may enroll for the beginning class which starts in mid-September. A beginning guitar class for adults will also be offered, in addition to the ever-popular adult beginners’ class, “Piano in a Flash.” Academy Director Rebecca Fulgham says she is excited to report that the Music Academy will once again offer half price student tickets for all Department of Music sponsored recitals and concerts.
“We all know reports show that the benefits of music study provide children with creative and intellectual advantages that can last a lifetime,” she said. “Those advantages can be enhanced by listening to all kinds of music, especially the exceptionally high-quality performances provided by the University’s Department of Music. We’re happy that the Academy can provide our students with the opportunity to hear outstanding music at a reduced rate.” New additions to the professional level faculty this year are Jessie Reuter and Patrick Rafferty. These talented musicians come to the Academy with exceptional backgrounds. Both are graduates of Southeast Missouri State and have pursued higher degrees at various graduate programs. Reuter holds a master’s degree in French horn from the Jacob School of Music at Indiana University and will teach French horn students. Rafferty’s master’s degree is in music with a performance certificate in guitar from the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University. He will teach private guitar and all of the new group guitar classes. Please contact the Music Academy for more information at (573) 651-2378 or visit www.semomusicacademy.org. The Academy is a member of the National Association of Community Schools of the Arts.