The Mount Vernon Nazarene University Music Department will launch a new community music school in September. The goal of the new program is to provide high-quality, affordable music enrichment programs to participants of all ages in Knox County and surrounding areas.
Program offerings will include group and private lesson instruction, guitar and piano classes, ensemble programs for band, choir, and strings, as well as various other music classes for both youth and adults. The community school will also host regular Saturday workshops and masterclasses and plans to offer summer music enrichment programs in addition to fall and spring programs.
“This community school is an idea I have envisioned for quite some time and models similar programs available in the Columbus area,” said John Packard, program founder and MVNU music professor. “Many of the services we will be offering are hard to find close to Mount Vernon and are frequently requested by community members and area music teachers. I’m excited to see our program come to fruition and look forward to its growth.”
The MVNU Community Music School will utilize a pool of MVNU faculty, students, special guest artists/clinicians, and experienced local music professionals in providing these programs to the community.