A limited number of pre-college students are accepted in piano and stringed instruments for instruction in music performance and musicianship skills. The work is normally carried on in a combination of group and private lessons.
Our teaching process is tailored to the needs of the individual student. Since no two students are alike, we plan the instruction precisely and thoroughly to develop and enhance the unique qualities of each student. Above all, we nurture in our students a lifelong appreciation and love for music.
The calendar of the department coincides with the academic year. Additional information concerning opportunities and fees may be obtained by writing or calling the preparatory department.
The Piano Preparatory Department, with its one hundred and fifty years of service to Bloomington-Normal and its surrounding communities, shares in the reputation of excellence enjoyed by Illinois Wesleyan University's academic traditions. Presser Hall is home to School of Music undergraduates as well as to our preparatory students; this gives our young scholars access to superior facilities in an atmosphere of vibrant and inspiring academic and musical activity.
Our Piano Preparatory Department prides itself on its high standards of teaching. We strive to develop in students not only pianistic skills but also a broad knowledge and appreciation for the world's great musical traditions. To these ends, we offer:
Join with IWU's Piano Preparatory Department faculty as we look forward to developing new and better ways to serve our community's young musicians.
Office: 556-3337 - Room 264B
Director, Adjunct Instructor
Room 30-- 556-3441, firstname.lastname@example.org
Room 159-- 556-3895, email@example.com
Room 257-- firstname.lastname@example.org
The String Preparatory Department offers private instruction to students at all levels, in violin, viola, cello, and double bass. Chamber music and studio classes are offered to dedicated students at the intermediate and advanced levels.
Philosophy: In the IWU String Preparatory Program, each student is treated as a unique individual with unlimited potential; lessons conform to the age, abilities, musical experience, and goals of each student, aiming to challenge, discipline, stimulate critical and creative thinking, and most importantly, nurture an appreciation and enjoyment of music.
Lessons: Students have the options of 30-, 45-, or 60-minute private lessons, which are given weekly at Presser Hall, IWU. All teachers have significant teaching experience and have degrees in performance and/or music education.
Recitals: All students are expected to perform in at least one of the many solo recitals held throughout the year (please see calendar for recital dates). Students and their families are highly encouraged to attend concerts and recitals at IWU and in the community. We will post announcements of faculty recitals during the year. There is a series of free concerts at IWU each summer-- concert times are listed at www.iwu.edu/music/k12/camp.shtml.
Chamber Music: The String Prep Dept. offers a chamber music program for strings, winds, and piano in the fall semester. Students are placed in groups according to their age, level, and experience and are coached by IWU and Prep faculty once a week. The chamber groups present a final concert in December and have additional opportunities to perform in the community.
Theory Classes: Theory classes are offered every other spring semester.
Summer Activities: Summer lessons are coordinated directly with your teacher. IWU holds a Chamber Music Festival and Camp and a Cello Camp for high school students— please visit http://www.iwu.edu/music/k12/camp.shtml for more information.
Information: The calendar and updated recital information will be posted on the bulletin board outside room 253 throughout the year, as well as on our Facebook page, “IWU String Preparatory Program.”
For information about registration or questions, please call (309) 556-3547.
Violin and Viola Adjunct Instructor
Room 253-- 556-3547, email@example.com
Sharon Chung, Violin and Viola
Katherine Roy, Violin and Viola
Rachel Sompong, Violin and Viola
Benjamin Hayek, Cello
Jonathan Daly, Cello
Group Guitar Lessons
Fall Session: Sept. 14 – Nov. 21
Location: Room 16, Presser Hall, IWU
Instructor: Lucas Krolikowski
Cost: $125 plus $20 material fee for ten 50-min. sessions
Registration deadline: Sept. 7
Contact: Lisa Nelson – email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: (309) 556-3547
Junior Guitar Group Lessons
For beginners ages 8 – 12
Wednesday evenings at 6:00 pm
Junior lessons will start with music fundamentals, learning how to read rhythms and notes on a staff. During the course, students will play simple ensemble music as well as acquire a basic understanding of chords and the ability to read music in the first position. Students will use the book "New Dimensions in Classical Guitar for Children."
Senior Guitar Group Lessons
For beginners ages 13 – 17
Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm
Adult Guitar Group Lessons I & II
For beginners ages 18 and older
Friday evenings at 5:00 & 6:00 pm
Beginning classes will cover first position chords, reading rhythms and notes on a staff, basic strumming patterns, and basic ensemble skills. Students will be introduced to a variety of styles and genres, including rock, blues, and pop. Students will use the book "Contemporary Class Guitar" by Will Schmid.
Intermediate and Advanced Guitar Group Lessons – classes will be arranged by varying levels depending on the student's prior experience. Times to be determined.
All classes are 50 minutes for 10 consecutive sessions. The classes will enroll a minimum of 3 students.
Private lessons are also available on weeknights. Please contact Lisa Nelson for more information.
Students must provide their own instrument, preferably a nylon-string guitar; steel-string acoustics are also acceptable. Students will be expected to practice 30 minutes to an hour every day.