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“Often in band rooms, there is one director working with a hundred students playing different instruments,” Dr. Reams, who teaches clarinet and saxophone, said. “One of my passions is to help students prepare for All-District and All-State auditions. The experience of winning a spot in a district and state band can be life-changing, but the audition music is often impossible to learn without the help of private instruction.”
For beginner students, the prep program offers the added boost some may need to continue their musical journey, Dr. Reams said.
“Beginning band students often quit because it can be easy to be left behind,” he said. “Lessons for middle school students will ensure that the student is at the head of the class. Also, many high school band members may want to major in music or play in the band at the college level. Since there is so much competition for scholarship money, it is imperative that the student is the head of the class.”
Rylynn Ingram, a Rome Middle School student who is preparing for All-State and Honor Band auditions, said she has noticed an improvement after one month of taking flute lessons with instructor Beth Huey.
Rome Middle School student Rylynn Ingram, 13, practices the flute with instructor Beth Huey at Shorter University. She is preparing for All-State and Honor District tryouts.
The prep program also offers lessons to those who have never picked up an instrument or who have never had voice lessons, and each student has the opportunity to perform two recitals each year in the university’s Brookes Chapel.
“Students can achieve great things through our program,” Yeargan said. “We start out at about age 4 and go all the way up to adults of all ages.
“Music is a lifelong learning process,” she continued. “Research supports the fact that children who take music lessons often do better than their counterparts who do not. Music sets up the brain for the things you need to learn in school. It is such a valuable asset to young and old.”
For information about music lessons through Shorter University’s Preparatory Department in the Arts, contact Sandy Yeargan at 706-233-7334.
Founded in 1873, Shorter University is a Christian university committed to excellence in education. The Princeton Review annually includes Shorter on its list of best value and best Southeastern Colleges. Shorter University is a member of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). Shorter offers traditional bachelor’s degree program in 48 areas of study, online courses and degree programs, undergraduate programs for working adults, and four master’s programs. Shorter is online at www.shorter.edu.
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