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Family Music Classes to Start Through WIU Community Music School

September 28, 2010

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MACOMB, IL – Two new family music classes will begin this fall through the Community Music School, an outreach program of Western Illinois University's School of Music, within the College of Fine Arts and Communication. The programs will meet on Mondays, beginning Oct. 18.

"Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Stars" is for children ages 18-26 months with a parent and will meet for seven weeks from 5-5:30 p.m. in the Horrabin Hall gymnasium. This class encourages musical interactions between parent and child through stories, musical exploration, simple songs, instruments and games. Cost is $60.

"The More We Get Together" is for ages 3-5 with a parent and will meet for seven weeks from
5:45-6:30 p.m. in the Horrabin Hall gymnasium. This class builds on musical interactions between parent and child and encourages musical growth through stories, musical exploration traditional folk songs and movement activities. Cost is $65.

"Music is a powerful ingredient in the development of every child, and the early years of life are crucial for establishing a foundation for lifelong music development," said Richard Cangro, assistant professor of music and director of Western's Community Music School (CMS). "Music is essential for the development of locomotion and coordination; and vital in the development and conceptual understanding of time, weight, space and flow of body movement, coordination and expression."

Classes will be taught by Courtney Johnson, who taught music at Lincoln Elementary School (Macomb) from 2003-2010. She introduced kindergarten students to learning through standards-based music instruction, where they cooperatively engaged in singing, playing, movement and reading activities, said Cangro. Previously she taught middle school, where she worked to integrate character education into the vocal music education; and she developed curricula for teaching world music and guitar.

"Courtney's primary intent has always been to inspire a love for both music and learning, while helping children make positive connections with those around them," Cangro added.

For more information, or to register, contact Cangro at (309) 298-3114 or at Find more information at

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