Enrollment for OBU’s Music Prep Classes Begins

Since 1985, music training opportunities have been offered to students from birth through adult at Oklahoma Baptist University’s Music Preparatory Department.

Under the umbrella of the Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts, the department offers private piano, voice, guitar, string, wind and percussion instrument instruction. Specialized training in keyboard and string ensemble is provided.

Keyboard Readiness is a class for children ages five and six who are interested in studying the piano. Students explore musical concepts including up/down, high/low, loud/soft, and fast/slow and also learn note names and note values. Classes meet on Tuesday at 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. in Ford Music Hall.

Keyboard Concepts, a class for second- and third-grade students interested in beginning piano study, meets on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. in the electronic piano lab in OBU’s Raley Chapel. Limited to eight students, it is designed to teach beginning piano and basic music theory.

String Instruction provides training for violin and cello, utilizing a traditional approach combined with Suzuki materials. Students also are taught basic theory during the 30-minute lesson. Royce McLarry and Diana Seitz are the instructors.

String Ensemble is available to students who have studied for at least one year. This ensemble experience encourages improved sight-reading, bowing techniques, intonation and rhythmic skills. An advanced ensemble is also offered. Seitz directs both groups.

Private Lessons in piano, voice, guitar, string, wind and percussion instruments are provided to students on an ongoing basis to foster continued musical development. Lessons in a 30- or 45-minute format are available for all ages.

Adult Class Piano, designed for beginners, offers instruction in music notation, chord playing, technique and theory. Morning and evening classes are offered.

The Music Preparatory Department also offers choral experiences through the Young Singers of Central Oklahoma. The choirs included are Shawnee Honor Choir, Concert Choir, Youth Chorale, Girls Select Chorus and the Apprentice Choir.

Choir auditions will be Aug. 16-17 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and Aug. 18 from 10 a.m.-noon.

Shawnee Honor Choir, directed by Hansford, is an auditioned group of fourth-through-sixth-grade students from Shawnee and the surrounding area. Children perform a wide variety of music ranging from unison songs to two- and three-part choral treble literature.

Now it its 25th year, the choir performs annually in 12 area schools and presents two formal public concerts. Choir members meet on Tuesday afternoons 3:30-5:15 p.m. The Shawnee Honor Choir has performed four times as the honor group for the Oklahoma Music Educators Association State Convention in Tulsa.

Concert Choir, directed by Dr. Darla Eshelman, is designed for advanced junior high treble voices. Recent performance highlights have included the Organization of American Kodaly Educators National Conference in Virginia, the Oklahoma Music Educators Association State Convention in Tulsa and performances at the American Choral Directors National Convention in Los Angeles. The choir rehearses on Tuesday afternoons from 4-6 p.m.

Select Girls Chorus, a new choir composed of auditioned high school advanced girls voices, beginning at age 15, will meet from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoons.

The Youth Chorale performs two on-campus concerts jointly with the other YSCO choirs each fall and spring. The choir has performed in Branson, Mo., and for the Oklahoma Music Educators Association State Convention in Tulsa. The choir is conducted by Randa Mitchell and meets on Tuesday evenings from 5-7 p.m.

Apprentice Choir is for non-auditioned singers in grades two through six, and helps develop voices and prepare children for future choral opportunities. The class meets on Tuesday from 4-5 p.m.

Classes begin Aug. 22. For information and registration, contact Hansford at 405.878.2319.