Have you ever wanted to take voice lessons or play the piano, trumpet, violin, guitar or another instrument? Singing and playing an instrument are skills that can provide joy and enrichment for a lifetime. The IPFW Community Arts Academy (CAA) can help you with that dream by matching you with a professional instructor who will teach at your appropriate level. CAA teachers ask the right questions and start with exercises that help gauge the student's interests, musical capabilities and goals for private music lessons.
The Community Arts Academy has been providing instruction to children of all ages, as well as adults, for decades. All lessons take place on the campus of IPFW in the Rhinehart Music Center, a state-of-the-art music facility with teaching studios, rehearsal spaces, and practice rooms that are acoustically isolated and calibrated. Lessons in the following areas are offered regularly, but if there’s an instrument not listed, please call and we will find an instructor! Please call CAA director Melinda Haines at 260-481-6059 for more information or to register.
Woodwind instruments include the clarinet, flute, piccolo, oboe, English horn, bassoon and saxophone. A student with a good mastery of note reading as well as the major and minor scales will be prepared to play most band repertoire. Classical and jazz music tend to require more time, both because of the technical demands made on the player, and because of the amount of theory that must be learned. Woodwinds are some of the most popular instruments for beginning musicians. It is relatively easy to get started on a woodwind instrument, and they have a pleasant, soothing sound when played well.
The guitar is one of the most popular instruments to learn how to play. It can be used to play almost any type of music, from classical to rock to folk to jazz to blues. Learning how to play the guitar makes possible a huge variety of collaborations with other musicians, from forming a band to playing along to favorite tunes at home. A student can start on any type of guitar, so it is generally useful to pick the type that corresponds to the type of music in which the student is most interested. Within a year or so the average student can reach an intermediate level and has learned enough to play and improvise in several styles. Moving from intermediate to advanced may take longer, especially in jazz and classical guitar, where theory and improvisation play a large part.
Music composition is the creation of new songs by combining melody, lyrics, rhythm and harmony. Many musicians explore this area of self-expression, either on its own or to deepen their expression when playing their primary instrument. Music theory is the study of the elements of basic musicianship; intervals, scales, triads, rhythm and meter, music nomenclature, rudiments of two-part writing and diatonic harmony. Instruction through the CAA can help students acquire some fundamental skills and concepts.
Drums are used in almost every kind of music. They form the rhythmic backbone of a band or orchestra, and also solo in many styles. The drums are extremely versatile, and a good drummer is in high demand for almost every style of music. Percussion instruments also include the marimba and xylophone.
The CAA has many piano instructors who teach at a variety of levels. Piano lessons can be started at almost any age, and how quickly the student progresses will depend on age and previous musical experience. Very young students might stay at a "beginner" level for several years, as the physical coordination and cognitive skills required to play the piano are still developing. For an older child or adult, most of the basic skills needed have developed already and simply need to be trained, so progress will happen more quickly.
The different types of brass instruments include most modern instruments, such as the trumpet, French horn, euphonium, tuba and cornet. The main styles of music that utilize brass instruments are classical, jazz and band music. Depending on the style and the instrument, a student can reach an intermediate level in a year or so. Brass instruments are versatile and in high demand for orchestras and bands.
The CAA has long been known as a source of instruction for violin and other strings. Several extremely experienced teachers form the backbone of our program that includes private and group lessons and culminates in a vibrant summer strings camp. The most common string instruments are the violin, viola, cello, double bass (sometimes called the contrabass) and harp. String instruments can be very challenging at first, but time and practice will pay off. How quickly a student advances will depend on age, previous musical experience, and how much time they can dedicate to practicing. Very young children sometimes progress more slowly at first, because the coordination and fine motor skills required are still developing. For an older child or adult, it takes up to two or three years to reach an intermediate stage and several more to become advanced.
Learning to sing can be an immensely rewarding experience. Unlike other instruments, the voice is a part of you, and learning to use it well opens up virtually limitless possibilities for self-expression. The CAA offers vocal instruction to students age 13 and above from a variety of teachers. Voice lessons for younger singers will concentrate more on depth of expression and healthy singing, and less on expanding the vocal range or difficult repertoire. It's very common for singers to start lessons later than other instrumentalists, but progress tends to be fast, especially in the beginning.
For students under the age of 13, we recommend contacting the Fort Wayne Children's Choir.
A full refund is given when the university cancels a course or when the IPFW Community Arts Academy receives notification of withdrawal from the registrant before the third business day prior to the start of the class. No refunds will be given after class or private instruction begins. Course cancellations may occur due to low registration. Course offerings and fees may be subject to change without notice.
IPFW is a public institution of higher education that offers a wide variety of classes, to a wide range of students from differing backgrounds, including adults and children in grades pre K – 12. While the IPFW College of Visual and Performing Arts is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all students, parents are reminded that it is their responsibility to supervise minors when they are on campus and not in the classroom. Before and after class, our teachers cannot take the place of a parent and assume responsibility for unsupervised children.
In case of an emergency please contact the IPFW University Police at 481-6827.
The Community Arts Academy offers regular classes for kids in pre-K through grade 12 in art, dance, music and theatre, but if you are an adult interested in personal enrichment in these areas, please visit the IPFW Division of Continuing Studies to see what types of classes they are offering.
Summer classes run May 1 through August 30, 2013.
Fall classes run September 1 through December 31, 2013
New and returning students must register prior to the start of each semester by calling Melinda Haines, CAA Director, at 260-481-6059. Online registration is not available for private music instruction.
Time, amount of lessons and location must be arranged with instructor before you call to register. Please confirm correct information, including the number of lessons and duration, before registering. Lessons are 30, 45 and 60 minutes.
The Suzuki method effectively combines private and group piano instruction for children age 3 and older with parent participation. Lessons are 15, 30, 45 and 60 minutes with a monthly group class.
New and returning students must register prior to the start of each semester by calling Melinda Haines, CAA Director, at 260-481-6059. Online registration is not available for Suzuki piano instruction.
Time, amount of lessons and location must be arranged with instructor before you call to register. Please confirm correct information, including the number of lessons and duration, before registering. Lessons are 15, 30, 45 and 60 minutes.