The Joliet Junior College Fine Arts Department will offer a new class this summer called “Summer Strings,” (MUS 160) which offers string instrument instruction that is open to the public. “Summer Strings” is specifically designed for the violin, viola, cello and bass. The class will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays during the third summer session, July 7 to Aug. 13, from 1-3:30 p.m.
Violin instructor Casey McGrath encourages JJC and high school students, adults and other community members who have always wanted to play a string instrument to take the class.
“The big emphasis is that everyone is welcome, even to those who have never played before,” McGrath said. “String instruments are very versatile – we won’t just be learning classical music, but we’ll have some pop songs in there, bluegrass and whatever else is best for the students. There is no limit to the genres.”
For the first half of class, violin and viola students with train with McGrath, and cello and bass students will train with instructor Anna Walker. For the second half of class, the two groups will play together.
McGrath’s hope is that the students from this class will choose to take part in the new JJC Chamber Strings, an ensemble that will be made up of JJC students and community members beginning this fall.
In addition to the class, both McGrath and Walker offer private lessons that can count as JJC credit. “Summer Strings” is a one-hour credit class.
For more information about how to apply at JJC, visit www.jjc.edu/admissions.
For more information about the class or taking private lessons, e-mail McGrath at email@example.com.