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Piano and Guitar for All Ages

January 24th, 2014

Group piano and guitar lessons are a fun way to learn to play music and meet other musicians. This winter, the NIU Community School of the Arts offers group piano and guitar classes for adults, teens, and children.

Square One Piano: Group Basics Class is for ages 13 and older. Students learn simple tunes and basic skills, such as reading music and chords.

Piano Forte: Building Piano Skills develops the piano skills from the past or from the Square One class. Students are encouraged to learn music that they enjoy listening to, from ragtime to folk tunes.

Both classes are for ages 13 and older and are taught on Monday evenings beginning January 27.  Square One is from 6:15 to 7:10 p.m. and Piano Forte is from 7:15 to 8:10 p.m. Every student has the use of a full-size keyboard in a piano classroom.  Teacher Carly Gorman brings many years of teaching both adults and children to the class.

Piano Starter for Children is for ages 5 to 7 and is taught by experienced piano teacher Jaina Krueger. Children explore the piano in a fun small-group setting.  Students learn basic notes and the position of keys and play simple tunes. This class is a good way for parents to determine if children are ready for private lessons. Space is limited to four students. Piano Starter meets on Tuesdays beginning on February 4 from 4:00 to 4:40 p.m. Krueger teaches piano and harp lessons to children and adults in the community school.

In addition to group piano classes, private and semi-private piano lessons are available through the community school.

For more information about these and  many other classes, lessons, and ensembles that are offered at the NIU Community School of the Arts, call 815-753-1450 or visit The office is located on campus in the Music Building, Room 132.

Guitarists of all ages and experience can learn to play better by enrolling in private lessons or a class or participating in the CSA Guitar Ensemble at the NIU Community School of the Arts. Classes begin February 5 and the ensemble begins February 12. All meet in the Music Building at Northern Illinois University.

Guitar Basics Section 1 is for ages 9 to 12. The group meets from 6 to 6:55 p.m. and learns to read music and play scales, chords, and simple songs.

Guitar Basics Section 2 is for ages 13 to adult. The group meets from 7 to 7:55 p.m. and learns the fundamentals. In addition, students will learn some music theory and experience various styles of guitar techniques.

CSA Guitar Ensemble is for those 14 and older and is for beginning and intermediate players. Students enjoy playing with others and gain confidence and skill on the instrument. The repertoire is varied and is chosen to suit the ability and musical tastes of each student. The ensemble rehearses from 8 to 8:55 p.m.

Quentin Dover teaches the classes and directs the ensemble. He is a graduate of NIU, where he majored in music and studied guitar with Fareed Haque. He recently returned to NIU to begin a master’s degree in world music. He has been teaching guitar for many years, both for the community school at NIU and the Aurora area.

Private lessons on the guitar are offered by several community school teachers. Biographies and fee information are available on the website.

This and many other classes and ensembles are offered at the NIU Community School of the Arts. For more information about the class, including details about fees and registration, call 815-753-1450 or check the website at The office is located on campus in Room 132 Music Building and is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.