Performing Arts: Music

Performing Arts: Music

Personal Enrichment

Offered through Continuing Education

@ Florissant Valley | Meramec | Wildwood | South County Education Center

Enhance your musical abilities through group performance and individual instruction. From songwriting and vocal or symphonic ensemble to guitar, harmonica and piano, our classes help you develop your musical creative outlet.

Program Coordinator

Continuing Education

Phone

314-984-7777

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Registration opens Aug. 6 for all classes except Ageless Learning Seminars, which open Aug. 20.

Call 314-984-7777 to register for fall classes by phone or click the button above to register and pay online.

Listening and Critiquing Music for Publication

This course combines a fresh approach to the art of listening to music, with a tutorial on how to write about and review what you hear. There is a need for perceptive, articulate writing about popular music, and accomplished bloggers and reviewers are always in demand. You'll learn to listen with greater depth and attention to details and to write with wit and insight about various recordings. The best work from the class may be published on a known blog site, giving you professional samples for your writing portfolio.
MUSC:725 | $79 | Age 60+: $54
F01 | M 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Kevin Renick | Oct. 1-Nov. 5 | MC - SW, 108

Click on the headings below to view additional music courses:

Guitar and Ukulele

Guitar: Beginning

This class is for students who have never played a guitar and have no background in music. The class will cover tuning, string changing, how to select a new guitar and a brief history of the guitar. Students will learn to play first position and open position chords, simple scales, melodies and right hand strumming techniques. We will introduce tablature and guitar notation. Must bring own (acoustic) guitar and an extra set of strings. No text required. 
MUSC:705 | $79 | Age 60+: 79
F04 | W 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. | James Renz | Sept. 12-Nov. 7 | Kirkwood Sr. H.S., W-115
NOTE: This course was not included in the catalog. No class 10/31. 

Guitar: Beginning and More

This class is for students who have never played a guitar and have no background in music. The class will cover tuning, string changing, how to select a new guitar and a brief history of the guitar. Students will learn to play first position and open position chords, simple scales, melodies and right hand strumming techniques. We will introduce tablature and guitar notation. Must bring own (acoustic) guitar and an extra set of strings. Text required and available at campus bookstore; bring to first class.
MUSC:705 | $89 | Age 60+: $54.50
F02 | Sa 1:30-2:30 p.m. | Christina Springer | Aug. 18-Dec. 8 | FV - C, 114
NOTE: No class 9/1, 10/6, 11/24.

Finger Picking for Guitar

Play folk, blues, ragtime and hear general accompaniment patterns using the thumb and fingers of the right hand along with left hand chords to create a complete, solo sound. Course emphasizes alternating bass style. Music in both guitar tablature and traditional notation. If time allows, instructor may discuss open tuning concepts. Prerequisite: Ability to tune the guitar, know first position chords and experience in making basic chord changes with the left hand. Previous students welcome and will be provided new songs. All must bring a six-string acoustic guitar and guitar capo to each class. Bringing music stand is recommended. No text required.
MUSC:705 | $79 | Age 60+: $79
FO3 | Tu 7-8:30 p.m. | James Renz | Sept. 11-Nov. 6 | Kirkwood Sr. H.S., W-115
NOTE: This course was not included in the catalog. No class  10/16.

Guitar: Advanced Beginning

Enjoy this continuation of Beginning Guitar. Students will continue reading standard music notation, play chords-including barre chords, play ensemble based music and work on basic improvisation skills. Text required and available at campus bookstore. Must bring an acoustic guitar.
MUSC:706 | $109 | Age 60+: $64.50
F01 | Sa 12:05-1:25 p.m. | Christina Springer | Aug. 18-Dec. 8 | FV - C, 114
NOTE: No class 9/1, 10/6, 11/24.

Fun with Ukulele

Play an instrument so easily you can strum a tune after the first session-lots of fun. Get basic music theory, train your ear and coordinate fingers. Small body and fingerboard make the uke a perfect starter instrument for the guitar also. Fee includes music and use of a ukulele.
MUSC:705 | $95 | Age 60+: $57.50
F05 | Tu 7-9 p.m. | Karl Markl | Sept. 11-Nov. 6 | STLCC-SC, 125
NOTE: No class 10/16.

Piano

Piano: Beginning

In this enjoyable, relaxed approach to the piano, you will learn the letter names of notes and where they are on the keyboard, simple chords to accompany melodies, easy rhythm patterns and pedaling. Text and headphones with 1/4" adapter required; text available at campus bookstore.
MUSC:710 (14 hrs.) | $89 | Age 60+: $56
F02 | Tu noon-1 p.m. | Chery Conley | Aug. 28-Dec. 4 | MC- HE, 112
NOTE: No class 10/16.
MUSC:711 (21 hrs.) | $109 | Age 60+: $61
F05 | Sa 8-9:30 a.m. | Christina Springer | Aug. 18-Dec. 8 | FV - C, 114
NOTE: No class 9/1, 10/6, 11/24.

Piano: Intermediate

Student must know letter names of notes and where they're located on the keyboard. Course covers minor chords and songs in minor keys, finishing major scales and starting minor keys, chromatic scales, inverted chords, more advanced pedal study and more "pop" songs. Text required, bring to first class; text available at campus bookstore. 
MUSC:712 | $89 | Age 60+: $56 
F02 | Th noon-12:55 p.m. | Cheryl Conley | Aug. 30-Dec. 4 | MC - HE, 112
NOTE: This course was not included in the catalog.

Piano: Advanced Beginning

For those who enjoy playing all types of music-learn a variety of songs from the classics to jazz to "pop". Class covers continuation of minor scales and chords, more pieces in minor keys, more difficult rhythm patterns such as trills, turns and tremolos. Many techniques taught through fun songs. Text and headphones with 1/4" adapter required; text available at campus bookstore.
MUSC:711 | $89 | Age 60+: $56
F04 | Tu 1-2 p.m. | Cheryl Conley | Aug. 28-Dec. 4 | MC - HE, 112
NOTE: No class 10/16.

Piano: Advanced Beginning and More

In this enjoyable, relaxed approach to the piano, you will learn: 1) the letter names of notes and where they are on the keyboard, 2) simple chords to accompany melodies, 3) easy rhythm patterns, 4) pedaling. Course is intended for those with little or no piano or music experience. Text and headphones with 1/4" adapter required; text available at campus bookstore.
MUSC:711 | $109 | Age 60+: $61
F01 | Sa 9:30-11 a.m. | Christina Springer | Aug. 18-Dec. 8 | FV - C, 114
NOTE: No class 9/1, 10/6, 11/24.

Piano: Advanced Workshop

For those who enjoy playing all types of music-learn a variety of songs from the classics to jazz to "pop". Class covers continuation of minor scales and chords, more pieces in minor keys, and more difficult rhythm patterns such as trills, turns and tremolos. Many techniques taught through fun songs. Text and headphones with 1/4" adapter required; text available at campus bookstore.
MUSC:713 | $89 | Age 60+: $56
F02 | Tu 9-10 a.m. | Cheryl Conley | Aug. 28-Dec. 4 | MC - HE, 112

Harmonica

Harmonica: Beginning

The harmonica is a fun and easy musical instrument to learn. In just three sessions, you will be able to play dozens of folk and campfire type songs. Fee includes student guide/song-book and a 10-hole, "C" diatonic harmonica. Instructor is a member of the Gateway Harmonica club.
MUSC:720 | $39 | Age 60+: $39
F01 | W 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Buddy and Jessie Hirsch | Sept. 12-Sept. 26 | MC - CE Classroom
F03 | W 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Buddy and Jessie Hirsch | Oct. 10-Oct. 24 | WW, 214
F02 | M 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Buddy and Jessie Hirsch | Nov. 5-Nov. 19 | MC - HE, 123

Band and Orchestra

Symphonic Band

Study and performance of representative symphonic band literature. Available for credit as MUS 134.650 (30374). Auditions for seating only. Call the conductor at 314-984-7636.
MUSC:716 | $35 | Age 60+: $35
F01 | Th 7-9:40 p.m. | Aug. 23-Dec. 16 | MC - HW, 102
NOTE: This course was not included in the catalog. No class 11/22.

Meramec Orchestra

Study and performance of representative chamber and symphonic literature. Additional studio hours required. Available for credit as MUS.132.651 (30313). Auditions for seating only. Contact the conductor at 314-984-7636.
MUSC:714 | $35 | Age 60+: $35
F01 | M 7-9:40 p.m. | Aug. 20-Dec. 16 | MC - HW, 102
NOTE: This course was not included in the catalog. No class 9/4.

Choir

Meramec Concert Choir

A study and performance of advanced choral literature including vocal technique and development. Available for credit as MUS 135.601 (30428). Auditions for part assignment only. Contact the conductor at 314-984-7638.
MUSC:717 | $35 | Age 60+: $35
F01 | TuTh 12:30-1:50 p.m. | Aug. 21-Dec. 16 | MC - HW, 102
NOTE: This course was not included in the catalog. No class 10/17, 11/23. 

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