Beginning Guitar and both Beginning and Intermediate Piano classes will be offered this spring at Kansas City Kansas Community College.
Beginning Guitar will begin Wednesday, Feb. 20, and run through May 8 while both Beginning and Intermediate Piano will begin Saturday, Feb. 23 and extend 10 weeks through May 4. The courses:
Beginning Guitar – Held each Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 20, the 11-week class will be instructed by Mike Connolly. The first session will be an orientation to help participants determine what type of guitar to purchase and how much to spend along with other pertinent information, After orientation, students will begin learning description, layout and terminology, basic major and minor chords, chord shapes, finger-picking demo and exercises and some theory with a goal to learn a song by the end of the class. The cost is $79.
Beginning Piano – Offered each Saturday from noon to 2:30 p.m., Beginning Piano is open to anyone high school age and older interested in having fun learning to play the piano. “All levels from beginner to intermediate are welcome,” said Carla Pestock, coordinator of continuing education. “If you’ve ever wanted to read music, play for your friends and family or if you previously have taken lessons and want to get back into playing, this is the perfect opportunity.” Instruction will include basic piano proficiency including scales, chords, harmonizing melodies, improvisation, sight reading, building a basic piano repertoire and learning basic music theory. The cost is $109 ($99 for Prime Time members).
Intermediate Piano – Held from 9 to 11 a.m. each Saturday from Feb. 23 through May 4, Intermediate Piano is a continuation of the Beginning Piano class. Open to anyone who already has some experience playing piano and a basic knowledge of music theory, students will learn greater keyboard proficiency including scales, chords, chord progressions, harmonization of melodies, improvisation and sight reading. In addition, they will develop an intermediate piano repertoire and learn intermediate music skills. The cost is $125 ($115 for Prime Time members).
Both piano classes will be taught by Nahyun Kim and will be held in Room 2109 of the Humanities Building. The required book for the course is Bastien Piano for Adults which can be purchased in the KCKCC Bookstore.
Registration for any of the three classes can be made in person in the Community Education Building on the east side of the KCKCC campus at 7250 State Ave.; by phone with credit card payment at 913-288-7660; or online at www.kckcc.edu and clicking on Continuing Education and Spring 2013 schedule. The classes are listed under Music and Dance.